put ( puts 3rd person present) ( putting present participle )
The form put is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.
Put is used in a large number of expressions which are explained under other words in this dictionary. For example, the expression to put someone in the picture is explained at picture.
1 verb When you put something in a particular place or position, you move it into that place or position.
Leaphorn put the photograph on the desk... V n prep/adv
She hesitated, then put her hand on Grace's arm... V n prep/adv
Mishka put down a heavy shopping bag. V n with adv
2 verb If you put someone somewhere, you cause them to go there and to stay there for a period of time.
Rather than put him in the hospital, she had been caring for him at home... V n prep/adv
I'd put the children to bed. V n prep/adv
3 verb To put someone or something in a particular state or situation means to cause them to be in that state or situation.
This is going to put them out of business... V n prep/adv
He was putting himself at risk... V n prep/adv
My doctor put me in touch with a psychiatrist... V n prep/adv
4 verb To put something on people or things means to cause them to have it, or to cause them to be affected by it.
The ruling will put extra pressure on health authorities to change working practices and shorten hours... V n on n
They will also force schools to put more emphasis on teaching basic subjects. V n on n
5 verb If you put your trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something, you trust them or have faith or confidence in them.
How much faith should we put in anti-ageing products? V n in n
6 verb If you put time, strength, or energy into an activity, you use it in doing that activity.
Eleanor did not put much energy into the discussion. V n into n/-ing
7 verb If you put money into a business or project, you invest money in it.
Investors should consider putting some money into an annuity... V n into n
8 verb When you put an idea or remark in a particular way, you express it in that way. You can use expressions like to put it simply and to put it bluntly before saying something when you want to explain how you are going to express it.
I had already met Pete a couple of times through<endash>how should I put it<endash>friends in low places... V it adv/prep
He doesn't, to put it very bluntly, give a damn about the woman or the baby... V it adv/prep
He admitted the security forces might have made some mistakes, as he put it... V it
You can't put that sort of fear into words. V n into n
9 verb When you put a questionto someone, you ask them the question.
Is this fair? Well, I put that question today to Deputy Counsel Craig Gillen... V n to n
He thinks that some workers may be afraid to put questions publicly. V n adv
10 verb If you put a case, opinion, or proposal, you explain it and list the reasons why you support or believe it.
He always put his point of view with clarity and with courage... V n
He put the case to the Saudi Foreign Minister... V n to n
11 verb If you put something at a particular value or in a particular category, you consider that it has that value or that it belongs in that category.
I would put her age at about 50 or so... V n at amount
All the more technically advanced countries put a high value on science... V n on n
It is not easy to put the guilty and innocent into clear-cut categories. V n into n
12 verb If you put written information somewhere, you write, type, or print it there.
Mary's family were so pleased that they put an announcement in the local paper to thank them... V n prep/adv
He crossed out `Screenplay' and put `Written by' instead. V n
13 If you put it to someone that something is true, you suggest that it is true, especially when you think that they will be unwilling to admit this.
to put it to sb that phrase V inflects
But I put it to you that they're useless...
14 If you say that something is bigger or better than several other things put together, you mean that it is bigger or has more good qualities than all of those other things if they are added together.
put together phrase n PHR
London has more pubs and clubs than the rest of the country put together. put about phrasal verb
The forms put around and put round are also used in British English. If you put something about, you tell it to people that you meet and cause it to become well-known.
Moderates are putting it about that people shouldn't take the things said at the Republican Convention too seriously... V it P that
The King had been putting about lurid rumours for months. V P n (not pron), Also V n P put across , put over phrasal verb When you put something across or put it over, you succeed in describing or explaining it to someone.
He has taken out a half-page advertisement in his local paper to put his point across... V n P
This is actually a very entertaining book putting over serious health messages... V P n (not pron) put around
put about put aside
1 phrasal verb If you put something aside, you keep it to be dealt with or used at a later time.
She took up a slice of bread, broke it nervously, then put it aside... V n P
Encourage children to put aside some of their pocket-money to buy Christmas presents. V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If you put a feeling or disagreement aside, you forget about it or ignore it in order to solve a problem or argument.
We should put aside our differences and discuss the things we have in common... V P n (not pron)
We admitted that the attraction was there, but decided that we would put the feelings aside. V n P put away
1 phrasal verb If you put something away, you put it into the place where it is normally kept when it is not being used, for example in a drawer.
She finished putting the milk away and turned around... V n P
`Yes, Mum,' replied Cheryl as she slowly put away her doll... V P n (not pron)
Her bed was crisply made, her clothes put away. V-ed P
2 phrasal verb If someone is put away, they are sent to prison or to a mental hospital for a long time.
INFORMAL He's an animal! He should be put away... be V-ed P
His testimony could put Drago away for life. V n P put back phrasal verb To put something back means to delay it or arrange for it to happen later than you previously planned.
There are always new projects which seem to put the reunion back further... V n P
News conferences due to be held by both men have been put back. be V-ed P, Also V P n (not pron) put down
1 phrasal verb If you put something down somewhere, you write or type it there.
Never put anything down on paper which might be used in evidence against you at a later date... V n P in/on n
We've put down on our staff development plan for this year that we would like some technology courses... V P that
I had prepared for the meeting by putting down what I wanted from them. V P wh, Also V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If you put down some money, you pay part of the price of something, and will pay the rest later.
He bought an investment property for $100,000 and put down $20,000... V P n (not pron)
He's got to put cash down. V n P
3 phrasal verb When soldiers, police, or the government put down a riot or rebellion, they stop it by using force.
Soldiers went in to put down a rebellion. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
4 phrasal verb If someone puts you down, they treat you in an unpleasant way by criticizing you in front of other people or making you appear foolish.
I know that I do put people down occasionally... V n P
Racist jokes come from wanting to put down other kinds of people we feel threatened by. V P n (not pron)
5 phrasal verb When an animal is put down, it is killed because it is dangerous or very ill.
Magistrates ordered his dog Samson to be put down immediately... be V-ed P
They think that any legislation that involved putting down dogs was wrong. V P n (not pron), Also V n P put down to phrasal verb If you put something down to a particular thing, you believe that it is caused by that thing.
You may be a sceptic and put it down to life's inequalities. V n P P n put forward phrasal verb If you put forward a plan, proposal, or name, you suggest that it should be considered for a particular purpose or job.
(=submit) (Antonym: withdraw)
He has put forward new peace proposals... V P n (not pron)
I rang the Colonel and asked him to put my name forward for the vacancy in Zurich. V n P for n, Also V n P put in
1 phrasal verb If you put in an amount of time or effort doing something, you spend that time or effort doing it.
They've put in time and effort to keep the strike going... V P n (not pron)
If we don't put money in we will lose our investment. V n P
2 phrasal verb If you put in a request or put in for something, you formally request or apply for that thing.
The ministry ordered 113 of these and later put in a request for 21 more... V P n (not pron)
I decided to put in for a job as deputy secretary. V P for n
3 phrasal verb If you put in a remark, you interrupt someone or add to what they have said with the remark.
`He was a lawyer before that,' Mary Ann put in... V P with quote
4 phrasal verb When a ship puts in or puts into a port, it goes into the port for a short stop.
It's due to put in at Aden and some other ports before arriving in Basra... V P adv/prep put off
1 phrasal verb If you put something off, you delay doing it.
Women who put off having a baby often make the best mothers... V P -ing/n (not pron)
The Association has put the event off until October. V n P
2 phrasal verb If you put someone off, you make them wait for something that they want.
The old priest tried to put them off, saying that the hour was late. V n P
3 phrasal verb If something puts you off something, it makes you dislike it, or decide not to do or have it.
The high divorce figures don't seem to be putting people off marriage... V n P n/-ing
His personal habits put them off... V n P
The country's worsening reputation does not seem to be putting off the tourists... V P n (not pron)
We tried to visit the Abbey but were put off by the queues. be V-ed P
4 phrasal verb If someone or something puts you off, they take your attention from what you are trying to do and make it more difficult for you to do it.
She asked me to be serious<endash>said it put her off if I laughed... V n P
It put her off revising for her exams. V n P n/-ing put on
1 phrasal verb When you put on clothing or make-up, you place it on your body in order to wear it., (Antonym: take off)
She put on her coat and went out... V P n (not pron)
I haven't even put any lipstick on. V n P
2 phrasal verb When people put on a show, exhibition, or service, they perform it or organize it.
The band are hoping to put on a UK show before the end of the year... V P n (not pron)
We put it on and everybody said `Oh it's a brilliant production'. V n P
3 phrasal verb If someone puts on weight, they become heavier.
(=gain) (Antonym: lose)
I can eat what I want but I never put on weight... V P n (not pron)
Luther's put on three stone. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
4 phrasal verb If you put on a piece of equipment or a device, you make it start working, for example by pressing a switch or turning a knob.
I put the radio on... V n P
I put on the light by the bed. V P n (not pron)
5 phrasal verb If you put a record, tape, or CD on, you place it in a record, tape, or CD player and listen to it., (Antonym: take off)
She poured them drinks, and put a record on loud... V n P
Let's go into the study and put on some music. V P n (not pron)
6 phrasal verb If you put something on, you begin to cook or heat it.
She immediately put the kettle on... V n P
Put some rice on now... V n P
Put on a pan of water to simmer and gently poach the eggs. V P n (not pron)
7 phrasal verb If you put a sum of money on something, you make a bet about it. For example, if you put £10 on a racehorse, you bet £10 that it will win.
They each put £20 on Matthew scoring the first goal... V n P n/-ing
I'll put a bet on for you. V n P, Also V P n (not pron)
8 phrasal verb To put a particular amount on the cost or value of something means to add that amount to it., (Antonym: take off)
The proposal could put 3p on a loaf of bread. V n P n
9 phrasal verb If you put on a way of behaving, you behave in a way that is not natural to you or that does not express your real feelings.
Stop putting on an act and be yourself... V P n (not pron)
It was hard to believe she was ill, she was putting it on. V it P, Also V n P put out
1 phrasal verb If you put out an announcement or story, you make it known to a lot of people.
The French news agency put out a statement from the Trade Minister. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
2 phrasal verb If you put out a fire, candle, or cigarette, you make it stop burning.
Firemen tried to free the injured and put out the blaze... V P n (not pron)
He lit a half-cigarette and almost immediately put it out again. V n P
3 phrasal verb If you put out an electric light, you make it stop shining by pressing a switch.
(=turn out) (Antonym: turn on)
He crossed to the bedside table and put out the light. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
4 phrasal verb If you put out things that will be needed, you place them somewhere ready to be used.
Paula had put out her luggage for the coach... V P n (not pron)
I slowly unpacked the teapot and put it out on the table. V n P
5 phrasal verb If you put out your hand, you move it forward, away from your body.
(=stretch out, extend)
He put out his hand to Alfred... V P n (not pron)
She put her hand out and tried to touch her mother's arm. V n P
6 phrasal verb If you put someone out, you cause them trouble because they have to do something for you.
I've always put myself out for others and I'm not doing it any more. V n P
7 phrasal verb In a sporting competition, to put out a player or team means to defeat them so that they are no longer in the competition.
Another Spaniard, Emilio Sanchez, put out Jens Woehrmann in three sets. V P n (not pron)
...the debatable goal that put Villa out of the UEFA Cup in Milan. V n P of n, Also V n P
put out put over
put across put round
put about put through
1 phrasal verb When someone puts through someone who is making a telephone call, they make the connection that allows the telephone call to take place.
The operator will put you through... V n P
He asked to be put through to Charley Lunn. be V-ed P to n, Also V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If someone puts you through an unpleasant experience, they make you experience it.
She wouldn't want to put them through the ordeal of a huge ceremony... V n P n put together
1 phrasal verb If you put something together, you join its different parts to each other so that it can be used.
He took it apart brick by brick, and put it back together again... V n P
The factories no longer relied upon a mechanic to put together looms within the plant. V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If you put together a group of people or things, you form them into a team or collection.
It will be able to put together a governing coalition... V P n (not pron)
He is trying to put a team together for next season. V n P
3 phrasal verb If you put together an agreement, plan, or product, you design and create it.
We wouldn't have time to put together an agreement... V P n (not pron)
We got to work on putting the book together. V n P
put 14 put up
1 phrasal verb If people put up a wall, building, tent, or other structure, they construct it so that it is upright., (Antonym: take down)
Protesters have been putting up barricades across a number of major intersections... V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If you put up a poster or notice, you fix it to a wall or board., (Antonym: take down)
They're putting new street signs up... V n P
The teacher training college put up a plaque to the college's founder. V P n (not pron)
3 phrasal verb To put up resistance to something means to resist it.
In the end the Kurds surrendered without putting up any resistance... V P n
He'd put up a real fight to keep you there... V P n
4 phrasal verb If you put up money for something, you provide the money that is needed to pay for it.
The state agreed to put up $69,000 to start his company... V P n (not pron)
The merchant banks raise capital for industry. They don't actually put it up themselves. V n P
5 phrasal verb To put up the price of something means to cause it to increase.
Their friends suggested they should put up their prices... V P n (not pron)
They know he would put their taxes up. V n P
6 phrasal verb If a person or hotel puts you up or if you put up somewhere, you stay there for one or more nights.
I wanted to know if she could put me up for a few days... V n P
He decided that he would drive back to town instead of putting up for the night at the hotel. V P prep
7 phrasal verb If a political party puts up a candidate in an election or if the candidate puts up, the candidate takes part in the election. The new party is putting up 15 candidates for 22 seats... V P n (not pron) He put up as a candidate. V P as n put up for phrasal verb If you put something up for sale or auction, for example, you make it available to be sold or auctioned. The old flower and fruit market has been put up for sale... V n P P n She put up her daughter for adoption in 1967. V P n P n put up to phrasal verb If you put someone up to something wrong or foolish or something which they would not normally do, you suggest that they do it and you encourage them to do it. How do you know he asked me out? You put him up to it. V n P P n put up with phrasal verb If you put up with something, you tolerate or accept it, even though you find it unpleasant or unsatisfactory. They had put up with behaviour from their son which they would not have tolerated from anyone else. V P P n
put-down ( put-downs plural ) , put down A put-down is something that you say or do to criticize someone or make them appear foolish.
I see the term as a put-down of women...
If you feel put out, you feel rather annoyed or upset. adj v-link ADJ
I did not blame him for feeling put out...
put-upon , put upon
If you are put-upon, you are treated badly by someone who takes advantage of your willingness to help them.
Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling put upon.
In athletics, theshot put is a competition in which people throw a heavy metal ball as far as possible. n-sing usu the N
shot putter ( shot putters plural) n-count
...Canadian shot-putter Georgette Reed.