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W1S1 [put] v past tense and past participle put present participle putting [T]
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1¦(move to place)¦
2¦(change somebody's situation/feelings)¦
3¦(write/print something)¦
4¦(express)¦
5 put a stop/an end to something
6 put something into action/effect/practice
7¦(ask/suggest)¦
8 put something right
9 put somebody straight/right
10 put something straight
11¦(make somebody/something do something)¦
12¦(have importance/quality)¦
13¦(send somebody somewhere)¦
14 put somebody on a train/plane etc
15 put paid to something
16 I wouldn't put it past somebody (to do something)
17 put somebody to trouble/inconvenience
18 put it there
19¦(throw)¦
Phrasal verbs
 put about
 put something<=>across
 put something<=>aside
 put something at something
 put somebody/something away
 put something back
 put something behind you
 put something<=>by
 put down
 put somebody down as something
 put somebody down for something
 put something down to something
 put forth something
 put somebody/something<=>forward
 put in
 put something into something
 put somebody/something off
 put somebody/something on
 put somebody onto somebody/something
 put out
 put something<=>over
 put through
 put something<=>together
 put something towards something
 put somebody under
 put up
 put somebody up to something
 put up with somebody/something
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[: Old English; Origin: putian]
1.) ¦(MOVE TO PLACE)¦ [always + adverb/preposition]
to move something to a particular place or position, especially using your hands
= ↑place
He put the coffee on the table.
Where did you put the programmes?
2.) ¦(CHANGE SOMEBODY'S SITUATION/FEELINGS)¦ [always + adverb/preposition]
to change someone's situation or the way they feel
Don't put yourself into a situation you can't handle.
put sb in a good/bad etc mood
(=make them feel happy/annoyed etc)
The long delay had put us all in a bad mood.
I don't want to put you in danger .
Pit closures have put thousands of miners out of a job (=made them lose their job) .
put sb in control/command/charge etc
(=give someone authority over a group, activity, or organization)
His boss resigned and Murphy was put in charge.
Politics puts me to sleep .
A knee injury put him out of action for three months.
3.) ¦(WRITE/PRINT SOMETHING)¦
to write or print something or to make a mark with a pen or pencil
put sth in/on/under etc sth
Put your name at the top of each answer sheet.
put sth to sth
He put his signature to the contract (=he signed it to show he agreed with it) .
4.) ¦(EXPRESS)¦ [always + adverb/preposition]
to say or write something using words in a particular way
put sth well/cleverly/simply etc
The question was well put.
So it was an accident, an 'act of God' if you want to put it like that .
When women joined the organization, it 'took on a new look,' as news reports put it .
It is hard to put into words (=express) how I feel now.
He's not very musical, to put it mildly (=he's not musical at all) .
We get on each other's nerves, to put it bluntly (=to say exactly what I mean) .
It's fairly risky. Or to put it another way (=say it in different words) , don't try this at home.
The subject matter makes the painting a little, how shall I put it (=how can I say it politely?) , undesirable for public display.
5.) put a stop/an end to sth
to stop an activity that is harmful or unacceptable
We must put an end to their threats.
6.) put sth into action/effect/practice
to start using a plan, idea, knowledge etc
James was keen to put some of the things he had learned into practice.
7.) ¦(ASK/SUGGEST)¦
to ask a question or make a suggestion, especially to get someone's opinion or agreement
put a proposition/proposal/case etc to sb
He put the proposal to his wife.
put sth before sb
The budget was put before the board of directors.
Can I put a question to you?
I put it to you that this proposal has to be considered.
8.) put sth right
to make a situation better, especially after someone has made a mistake or behaved badly
He has a chance to put things right by admitting a mistake was made.
9.) put sb straight/right also set sb straight/right
to tell someone the true facts when they have made a mistake that annoys you
A young man was in here asking for 'Miss' Whalby, but I put him right on that one.
10.) put sth straight
to make something look clean and tidy
It took us all weekend to put the garden straight.
11.) ¦(MAKE SOMEBODY/SOMETHING DO SOMETHING)¦
to make someone or something work or do something, or to use it
a scheme to put unemployed people to work on government construction projects
If you have a spare room, put it to work for you - take in a lodger.
Computer games are being put to use in the classroom.
We put 15 rain jackets to the test (=we tested them) .
12.) ¦(HAVE IMPORTANCE/QUALITY)¦ [always + adverb/preposition]
to consider something as having a particular level of importance or quality
put sb as/among/in etc sth
A recent poll put Doctor Martens among the world's top thirty designer labels.
put sb/sth before sb/sth
Some companies put profit before safety.
put sb/sth first/second etc
The job's important to him, but he puts his family first.
13.) ¦(SEND SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE)¦ [always + adverb/preposition]
to arrange for someone to go to a place, or to make them go there
put sb in (sth)
The company is putting in new management.
Pneumonia put him in the hospital for a week.
Put the boys to bed around eight o'clock.
14.) put sb on a train/plane etc
to take someone to a plane, train etc to start a journey
I put her on the plane for London.
15.) put paid to sth
BrE to spoil and end your hopes or plans completely
A car accident put paid to his chances of taking part in the race.
16.) I wouldn't put it past sb (to do sth)
spoken used to say that you think someone could easily do something wrong or illegal
I wouldn't put it past him to use force.
17.) put sb to trouble/inconvenience
especially BrE to make extra work or cause problems for someone
18.) put it there
spoken used to tell someone to put their hand in yours, either as a greeting or after making an agreement with them
$500? OK, it's a deal. Put it there!
19.) ¦(THROW)¦
to throw a ↑shot (=a heavy metal ball) in a sports competition
put your finger on sth atfinger1 (4)
put your foot down atfoot1 (13)
put your foot in it atfoot1 (15)
put the record straight atrecord1 (10)
put sth to (good) use atuse2 (4)
put your back into it atback2 (19)
put about phr v
1.) put sth about
BrE informal to give other people news or information, especially when it is unpleasant or untrue
After he was fired, he put it about that he was fed up with working for such a large company.
2.) put (sth) about
technical if a ship puts about or if you put it about, it changes direction
3.) put yourself about
BrE informal to have sexual relationships with a lot of different people
put across [put sth<=>across] phr v
1.) to explain your ideas, beliefs etc in a way that people can understand
He was trying to put across a serious point.
2.) put yourself across
BrE to explain your ideas and opinions clearly so that people understand them and realize what sort of person you are
Sue's never been very good at putting herself across at interviews.
3.) to sing, play music, or act in a film or play in a clear, effective way
She can really put a song across.
put aside [put sth<=>aside] phr v
1.) to try to stop thinking about a problem, argument, or disagreement, because you want to achieve something
You must put aside your pride and apologise to him.
2.) to save money regularly, usually for a particular purpose
She put at least £30 a week aside for food.
3.) to put down something you are reading or working with, in order to start doing something else
He glanced at the note, put it aside and went on with the meeting.
4.) to keep a period of time free in order to be able to do something
If you're planning a trip to the museum, be sure to put aside at least an hour and a half.
put at [put sth at sth] phr v
to calculate or guess an amount, number, age etc, without being very exact
Her fortune was put at £5.5 million.
put away [put sb/sth away] phr v
1.) put sth<=>away
to put something in the place where it is usually kept
He put his toys away every night.
2.) put sth<=>away
to save money
We're putting some money away for expenses.
3.) put sb away informal
to put someone in a prison or in a mental hospital
If you are found guilty, the judge is going to put you away for life.
4.) put sth<=>away informal
to eat or drink a lot
It's amazing the amount that child can put away.
5.) put sth<=>away informal
to score a ↑goal, especially after other failed attempts
He seized the opportunity to put the ball away.
6.) put sth<=>away
AmE informal to defeat your opponent in a sports competition
Two plays later, Smith scored to put the game away.
put back [put sth back] phr v
1.) put sb/sth<=>back
to put people or things in the place or situation they were in before
She put the saucepan back on the stove.
Our win today put us back into third place in the league.
2.) put sth<=>back
to arrange for an event to start at a later time or date
= ↑postpone put something<=>back to
The meeting has been put back to next Thursday.
3.) put sth<=>back
to delay a process or activity by a number of weeks, months etc
This fire could put back the opening date by several weeks.
4.) to make someone or something have something that they used to have before
The win put a smile back on his face.
5.) put a clock/watch back
BrE to make a clock or watch show an earlier time
American Equivalent: set back
put the clock back atclock1 (3)
put behind you [put sth behind you] phr v
to try to forget about an unpleasant event or experience and think about the future
She had dealt with the guilt years ago and put it behind her.
put by [put sth<=>by] phr v
to save money regularly in order to use it later
We're trying to put a little by each month for a new car.
put down phr v
1.) ¦(PLACE)¦
put sth/sb<=>down
to put something or someone that you are holding or carrying onto a surface
Put those heavy bags down for a minute.
2.) ¦(CRITICIZE)¦
put sb<=>down
to criticize someone and make them feel silly or stupid
I hate the way Dave puts me down the whole time.
put yourself down
Stop putting yourself down.
3.) ¦(WRITE)¦
put sth<=>down
to write something, especially a name or number, on a piece of paper or on a list
= ↑write down
Put down your name and address.
4.) put down a revolution/revolt/rebellion etc
to stop a ↑revolution etc by using force
The uprising was put down by the police and the army.
5.) ¦(PAY)¦
put sth<=>down
to pay part of the total cost of something, so that you can pay the rest later
put something<=>down on
They put down a deposit on the goods until Christmas.
6.) ¦(BABY)¦
put sb down
to put a baby in its bed
We try to put Amy down at six every evening.
7.) put the phone down
to put the ↑receiver back onto the telephone when you have finished speaking to someone
= ↑hang up put the phone down on
She put the phone down on me (=suddenly ended the conversation) .
8.) ¦(KILL)¦
put sth<=>down
to kill an animal without causing it pain, usually because it is old or sick
= put something to sleep
We had to have the dog put down.
9.) I couldn't put it down
spoken used to say that you found a book, game etc extremely interesting
Once I'd started reading it I just couldn't put it down.
10.)¦(AIRCRAFT)¦
put (sth) down
if an aircraft puts down or if a pilot puts it down, it lands, especially because of an ↑emergency
The engine failed and the plane put down in the sea.
11.) put down a motion/an amendment
to suggest a subject, plan, change in the law etc for a parliament or committee to consider
12.) ¦(LEAVE PASSENGER)¦
put sb down
BrE to stop a vehicle so that passengers can get off at a particular place
He asked the taxi to put him down at the end of the road.
put down as [put sb down as sth] phr v
to guess what someone is like or what they do, without having much information about them
I didn't think he was unfriendly. I put him down as shy.
put down for [put sb down for sth] phr v
1.) to put someone's name on a list so that they can take part in an activity, join an organization etc
They put themselves down for a training course.
2.) put sb down for £5/£20 etc
especially BrE to write someone's name on a list with an amount of money that they have promised to give
put down to [put sth down to sth] phr v
1.) to think that something is caused by something else
I was having difficulty reading, which I put down to the poor light.
2.) put it down to experience
to try not to feel too upset about failure, especially when you learn something useful from it
Everyone gets rejected from time to time; put it down to experience.
put forth [put forth sth] phr v
1.) to suggest an idea, explanation etc, especially one that other people later consider and discuss
= ↑submit
Arguments were put forth for changing some of the rules of the game.
2.) put forth leaves/shoots/roots etc
formal if a tree or bush puts forth leaves etc, it begins to grow them
put forward [put sb/sth<=>forward] phr v
1.) to suggest a plan, proposal etc, for other people to consider or discuss
= ↑propose
They put forward a number of suggestions.
2.) to suggest formally that you or someone else should be considered for a particular job, membership of an organization etc
Her name was put forward for the lead role in the play.
3.) to arrange for an event to start at an earlier time or date
put somebody/something<=>forward to
The men's final has been put forward to 1:30.
4.) put a clock/watch forward
BrE to make a clock or watch show a later time
American Equivalent: set forward
put in phr v
1.) put sth<=>in
to fix a piece of equipment somewhere and connect it so that it is ready to be used
= ↑instal
We decided to have a new bathroom put in.
2.) put sth<=>in
to spend time or use energy working or practising something
Dorothy had put in a lot of hard work during her six years as chairperson.
3.) put in sth
written to interrupt someone in order to say something
'How old are you?' 'Sixteen.' 'I'm sixteen too,' put in Dixie.
4.) put sth<=>in
to ask for something in an official way
She put in an insurance claim.
We must put in an order by tonight.
put in for sth
I put in for a pay increase.
5.) put your faith/trust/confidence in sb/sth
to trust someone or something or believe that they can do something
I'm putting my faith in the appeal judges.
6.) put in sth
to do something in a particular way, especially a performance in a play, film, race etc
He put in a brilliant performance in the British Grand Prix.
7.) put in an appearance
to go to a social event, meeting etc for a short time
There was an hour yet before she needed to put in an appearance at the restaurant.
8.) if a ship puts in, it enters a port
put into [put sth into sth] phr v
1.) to make money available to be used for a particular purpose
The government appears to be putting more money into education.
2.) to use a lot of energy etc when you are doing an activity
Candidates put a lot of time and effort into gaining qualifications.
3.) to add a quality to something
These simple recipes put more fun into eating.
put off [put sb/sth off] phr v
1.) put sth<=>off
to delay doing something or to arrange to do something at a later time or date, especially because there is a problem or you do not want to do it now
= ↑delay, procrastinate ↑procrastinate
The match has been put off until tomorrow because of bad weather.
put off doing sth
I put off going to the doctor but I wish I hadn't.
2.) put sb<=>off
BrE to make you dislike something or not want to do something
Don't let the restaurant's decor put you off - the food is really good.
put sb off (doing) sth
Don't let your failures put you off trying harder.
3.) put sb off
to make someone wait because you do not want to meet them, pay them etc until later
= ↑stall
When he calls, put him off as long as you can.
4.) put sb off (sth)
BrE to make it difficult for someone to pay attention to what they are doing by talking, making a noise, moving etc
It puts me off when you watch me all the time.
5.) put sb off (sth)
BrE to let someone leave a vehicle at a particular place
I'll put you off at the supermarket.
put on [put sb/sth on] phr v
1.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
put sth<=>on
to put a piece of clothing on your body
≠ ↑take off
He took off his uniform and put on a sweater and trousers.
I'll have to put my glasses on; I can't read the sign from here.
2.) ¦(ON SKIN)¦
put sth<=>on
to put ↑make-up, cream etc on your skin
I've got to put this cream on twice a day.
3.) ¦(AFFECT/INFLUENCE SOMETHING)¦
put sth on sth
to do something that affects or influences someone or something else
The government put a limit on imports of textiles.
Pat was putting pressure on him to leave his wife.
4.) ¦(START EQUIPMENT)¦
put sth<=>on
to make a light or a piece of equipment start working by pressing or turning a button or switch
= ↑switch on, turn on ↑turn on
He got up and put on the light.
Shall I put the kettle on?
5.) ¦(MUSIC)¦
put sth<=>on
to put a record, tape, or ↑CD into a machine and start playing it
She put on some music while they ate.
6.) ¦(PRETEND)¦
put sth<=>on
to pretend to have a particular feeling, opinion, way of speaking etc especially in order to get attention
Sheila's not really that upset; she's just putting it on.
Leaving the court, the families all tried to put on a brave face (=not show that they were sad or worried) .
7.) put on weight/12 lbs/4 kg etc
to become fatter and heavier
= ↑gain
Rosie's put on five kilos since she quit smoking.
8.) ¦(EVENT/CONCERT/PLAY ETC)¦
put sth<=>on
to arrange for a concert, play etc to take place, or to perform in it
One summer the children put on a play.
9.) ¦(SHOW WHAT YOU CAN DO)¦
put sth<=>on
to show what you are able to do or what power you have
The team need to put on another world-class performance.
10.)¦(COOK)¦
put sth<=>on
to start cooking something
Shall I put the pasta on now?
11.) ¦(PROVIDE SOMETHING)¦
put sth<=>on
BrE to provide a service for people, especially a special one
BA is putting on extra flights to cover the Christmas rush.
12.) you're putting me on!
spoken especially AmE used to tell someone that you think they are joking
He wouldn't do that - you're putting me on.
13.) ¦(RISK MONEY)¦
put sth on sth
to risk an amount of money on the result of a game, race etc
= ↑bet
We put £50 on Brazil to win the Cup.
14.) ¦(ADD)¦
put sth on sth
to add an amount of money or tax onto the cost of something
Can smokers really complain if more tax is put on cigarettes?
15.) ¦(TELEPHONE)¦
put sb<=>on
to give someone the telephone so that they can talk to someone who is telephoning
Can you put Janet on?
put onto / [put sb onto sb/sth] phr v
BrE informal to give someone information about something interesting or useful that they did not know about
Jo put us onto this fantastic French restaurant.
put out phr v
1.) ¦(FIRE/CIGARETTE ETC)¦
put sth<=>out
to make a fire etc stop burning
The rescue services are still trying to put out the fires.
2.) ¦(LIGHT)¦
put sth<=>out
to make a light stop working by pressing or turning a button or switch
= ↑switch off
3.) ¦(MAKE AVAILABLE)¦
put sth<=>out
to put things where people can find and use them
The girls helped her to put out the cups and plates.
4.) feel/be put out
to feel upset or offended
We were a little put out at not being invited to the wedding.
5.) ¦(MAKE EXTRA WORK)¦
put sb out
to make extra work or cause problems for someone
Mary can't come to dinner tonight. She hopes it won't put you out.
6.) put yourself out
to make an effort to do something that will help someone
They had put themselves out to entertain her during her visit.
7.) ¦(TAKE OUTSIDE)¦
put sth<=>out
to take something outside your house and leave it there
Remember to put the cat out before you go to bed.
put the rubbish/garbage etc out
(=put unwanted things outside your house to be taken away)
put the washing out
(=put clothes outside to dry)
8.) put your tongue out
to push your tongue out of your mouth, especially as a rude sign to someone
9.) put your hand/foot/arm out
to move your hand etc forward and away from your body
He put out his hand toward her.
10.)¦(MAKE UNCONSCIOUS)¦
put sb out
to make someone unconscious before a medical operation
11.) put your back out
to injure your back
12.) ¦(PRODUCE SOMETHING)¦
put sth<=>out
to broadcast or produce something for people to read or listen to
They put out a half-hour programme on young refugees.
13.) put out feelers
to try to discover information or opinions by listening to people or watching what is happening
He had already put out feelers with local employers but they hadn't been interested.
14.) ¦(SHIP)¦
if a ship puts out, it starts to sail
15.) ¦(HAVE SEX)¦
AmE informal if a woman puts out, she has sex with a man
16.) ¦(BASEBALL)¦
put sb out
to prevent a baseball player from running around the ↑bases, for example, by catching the ball that they have hit
put over [put sth<=>over] phr v
1.) BrE to succeed in telling other people your ideas, opinions, feelings, etc
The advert puts over the message clearly and simply: nuclear power is clean.
2.) put one/sth over on sb informal
to deceive someone into believing something that is not true or that is useless
Nobody could put one over on him.
put through phr v
1.) put sb/sth<=>through
to connect someone to someone else on the telephone
put somebody/something<=>through to
Could you put me through to Eddie?
2.) put sb through school/college/university
to pay for someone to study at school, college etc
She worked as a waitress and put herself through school.
3.) put sb through sth
to make someone do or experience something difficult or unpleasant
The soldiers were put through eight weeks of basic training.
They really put me through it at the interview.
4.) put sth<=>through
to do what is necessary in order to get a plan or suggestion accepted or approved
Production will start up again when these changes have been put through.
put together [put sth<=>together] phr v
1.) to prepare or produce something by collecting pieces of information, ideas etc
It took all morning to put the proposal together.
2.) to form people or things into a group
We are currently putting together a sales and marketing team.
3.) to make a machine, model etc by joining all the different parts
I can't work out how to put this table together.
4.) more ... than the rest/the others/everything else put together
used to say that one amount is greater than the total of a set of amounts
Paul seemed to have more money than the rest of us put together.
put towards [put sth towards sth] phr v
to use some money in order to pay part of the cost of something
Alec put the money towards a trip to Australia.
put under [put sb under] phr v
if a doctor puts you under, they give you drugs to make you unconscious before ↑surgery
put up phr v
1.) ¦(BUILD)¦
put sth<=>up
to build something such as a wall, fence, building etc
= ↑erect
They're putting up several new office blocks in the centre of town.
2.) ¦(FOR PEOPLE TO SEE)¦
put sth<=>up
to put a picture, notice etc on a wall so that people can see it
Can I put up some posters?
The shops have started to put up Christmas decorations.
3.) ¦(ATTACH SOMETHING)¦
put sth<=>up
to attach a shelf, cupboard etc to a wall
My Dad put up five shelves.
4.) ¦(INCREASE)¦
put sth<=>up
BrE to increase the cost or value of something
= ↑raise
Most big stores admit they daren't put prices up for fear of losing their customers.
5.) ¦(RAISE)¦
put sth<=>up
to raise something to a higher position
I put up my hand and asked to leave the room.
Philip put his hood up because it was raining.
6.) ¦(LET SOMEBODY STAY)¦
put sb up
to let someone stay in your house and give them meals
I was hoping Kenny could put me up for a few days.
7.) ¦(STAY SOMEWHERE)¦
BrE to stay in a place for a short time
put up at/in/with
We can put up at a hotel for the night.
8.) put up a fight/struggle/resistance
to show great determination to oppose something or get out of a difficult situation
Gina put up a real fight to overcome the disease.
The rebels have put up fierce resistance.
9.) put up sth
to give an amount of money for a particular purpose
The paper put up a reward for information on the murder.
10.)¦(MAKE AVAILABLE)¦
put sth up
to make something or someone available for a particular purpose
put something up for
They put their house up for sale .
The baby was put up for adoption .
11.) put up a proposal/argument/case etc
to explain a suggestion or idea so that other people can think about it or discuss it
If you can put up a good enough case, the board will provide the finance.
12.) ¦(ELECTIONS)¦
put sb<=>up
to suggest someone as a suitable person to be elected to a position
I was put up for the committee.
13.) put up or shut up
spoken informal used to tell someone that they should either do what needs to be done or stop talking about it
put up to [put sb up to sth] phr v
to encourage someone to do something stupid or dangerous
'Did Shirley put you up to this?' 'No, it was my own idea.'
put up with / [put up with sb/sth] phr v
to accept an unpleasant situation or person without complaining
She put up with his violent temper.

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  • put — ► VERB (putting; past and past part. put) 1) move to or place in a particular position. 2) bring into a particular state or condition: she tried to put me at ease. 3) (put on/on to) cause to carry or be subject to. 4) assign a value, figure, or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Put — (put; often p[u^]t in def. 3), v. i. 1. To go or move; as, when the air first puts up. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To steer; to direct one s course; to go. [1913 Webster] His fury thus appeased, he puts to land. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puţ — PUŢ, puţuri, s.n. 1. Groapă cilindrică sau pătrată, adesea cu pereţii pietruiţi sau cu ghizduri împrejur, săpată în pământ până la nivelul unui strat de apă şi care serveşte la alimentarea cu apă potabilă; fântână. ♢ Puţ absorbant = groapă făcută …   Dicționar Român


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