Definition of put in English:



  • 1with object and adverbial Move to or place in a particular position.

    ‘Harry put down his cup’
    ‘I put my hand out towards her’
    ‘watch where you're putting your feet!’
    • ‘The library includes new technology which means children can borrow a book by putting their thumb on to a machine which recognises their individual thumbprints.’
    • ‘Laughing, she sips her wine, then puts the glass back on the table.’
    • ‘Scott put the note down and walked into the bathroom.’
    • ‘She broke into tears, and then her husband crossed the room to put his arm around her.’
    • ‘Don't put your fingers too close to the screen.’
    • ‘My mom shifts her weight from one foot to the other, crossing her arms and putting one hand at her chin, staring intently at the creature.’
    • ‘She put the note he wrote to her back on the desk and went down the stairs crying.’
    • ‘Writing the letter and putting it under Angel's door, Tess felt much more at ease, knowing that he would know all there is of her past.’
    • ‘Their eyes remain locked and he puts his hand against the glass.’
    • ‘A man crept up behind the girl, putting his hand across her face and dragging her into the undergrowth.’
    • ‘She said she picked up a programme and put a £5 note in the tin and took a couple of pounds out in change.’
    • ‘The waitress put two mugs of hot water on the table along with a bowl of tea bags.’
    • ‘He moved to put himself between her and the gunman.’
    • ‘He put his arms under Morgan's and lifted her up off her chair.’
    • ‘He enters his house and puts some books down on a desk before turning on the light.’
    • ‘I sat up, crossing my legs, putting my fist under my chin in thought.’
    • ‘He didn't even put his arm behind him to stop his fall.’
    • ‘Julie reached across the table and put her hand over Caroline's.’
    • ‘He moved closer, putting his one strong hand on her face.’
    • ‘She told the hearing: ‘I was still trying to get her breathing by putting her over my knee and pummelling her back.’’
    place, set, put down, set down, lay, lay down, deposit, situate, position, settle
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    1. 1.1 Cause (someone or something) to go to a particular place and remain there for a time.
      ‘India has put three experimental satellites into space’
      • ‘Why take the traffic from two roads and put it on to one inadequate road?’
      • ‘Now, why wasn't this man put behind bars?’
      • ‘If space is a problem the leaves can be gathered up and put into black bin liners.’
      • ‘He was imprisoned and put into solitary confinement until his death.’
      • ‘I was put into prison several times and it was there that I had to endure experiences that I did not deserve at all.’
      • ‘As she put her silver cross and chain around her neck she ran the past few months through her mind.’
      • ‘Poor conditions are likely to make prisoners grow resentful towards the people who put him there.’
      • ‘Both black and grey water is siphoned into a storage tank, where it is mixed, and then put into the bio-reactor.’
      • ‘They punished me later by putting me illegally in mental hospital.’
      • ‘Denise said the accident happened after she had been putting Cameron to bed in his own bedroom and someone knocked at the door.’
      • ‘Four innocent people were immediately put behind bars.’
      • ‘I think that this is awful but would feel worse if the animals had been taken out of the wild where they had been free, and put into cages.’
      • ‘The first of the massive pipes were floated on the high tide on Thursday morning last and put into place.’
      • ‘The builder was arrested shortly after 9am by two police officers who read him his rights before putting him behind bars.’
      • ‘You must feel angry that those people were constructively seeking to put you behind bars.’
      • ‘She dreamed of the King catching her brother and putting him into the prison of the castle's terrible dungeon.’
      • ‘Once you go into court and testify, you may contribute to someone being put into prison or turned free.’
      • ‘The carrots are not only handpicked but also washed, top and tailed and put into bags of ten kilos each.’
      • ‘I thought she was going to slap me and put me into a mental institute for rejecting Max.’
      • ‘He was arrested, handcuffed and put into the back of the police van.’
    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial of direction (of a ship) proceed in a particular direction.
      ‘she stepped into the boat and put out to sea’
      ‘they put in at Cuba to refit’
      • ‘Each evening we put into a French port, and each port greeted us with the same dour dreariness.’
      • ‘The Royal Navy's two new assault ships have put to sea side-by-side for the first time.’
      • ‘Everyone was of the opinion that no boat could put to sea on a day like that.’
      • ‘There is no access to the island by air, and only a few boats per year put into the notoriously dangerous harbor.’
      • ‘The jury later wrote to the coroner, deploring the fact that an unseaworthy ship could put to sea with a drunken captain.’
    3. 1.3US archaic no object, with adverbial of direction (of a river) flow in a particular direction.
      • ‘A small river puts into Warner Lakes from the southwest.’
      • ‘We passed the grand falls of the Columbia just above which a small river puts into the Columbia.’
  • 2with object and adverbial Bring into a particular state or condition.

    ‘they tried to put me at ease’
    ‘a large aid programme was put into practice’
    ‘he is putting himself at risk’
    • ‘The road is narrow enough without loads of cars blocking it even more and putting us all at risk of accidents.’
    • ‘The hurricane put seven platforms out of action as well as damaging mobile rigs and springing leaks in oil and gas pipelines.’
    • ‘Some reporters were under the impression he died yesterday, but that story was quickly put to rest.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Bradford's gritting operation cannot be put into effect immediately.’
    • ‘A job seeker that doesn't take advantage of this opportunity is putting themselves at a big disadvantage.’
    • ‘Any thoughts of a shock result were quickly put to rest in the early minutes of the second half.’
    • ‘Celebrations are being put on hold until after his last exam on June 28.’
    • ‘We want the Minister to take a call to put our minds at ease that this amount has not been paid out.’
    • ‘Anyone who goes into the test without having a solid understanding of ‘how it works’ is putting themselves at a disadvantage.’
    • ‘Controversial plans to develop the former Turner's site have been put on hold.’
    • ‘A Louisiana resident had his camera rolling as floodwaters poured into his home, putting him and his father in immediate danger.’
    • ‘His company's programme will be put on hold unless new financial backing is found.’
    • ‘First of all, I couldn't believe that he was putting himself at such risk.’
    • ‘The inquiry has been put on hold unless new evidence comes to light.’
    • ‘It is a delicate issue and one stupid comment from me could put everything in jeopardy.’
    • ‘Spending 40 minutes hanging around at icy bus stops will thicken your blood, putting you at risk of coronary thrombosis, stroke, bronchitis and pneumonia.’
    • ‘He was putting himself and other road users in grave danger.’
    • ‘It would have been hard to find a man more suited to putting everyone at ease.’
    • ‘In effect, this means the roadworks programme has been put on hold until after the April meeting.’
    • ‘But she warned rocketing development could put at risk all that has been achieved.’
    1. 2.1put oneself in Imagine oneself in (a particular situation)
      ‘it was no use trying to put herself in his place’
      • ‘He asked me to put myself in his own situation, not married and being accused of all these things.’
      • ‘I just tried to put myself in their situation and try to, you know, feel what they felt.’
      • ‘But I've been trying to put myself in his situation.’
      • ‘I think your columnist should put herself in other people's situations.’
      • ‘The enjoyment comes from putting oneself in the situations he describes, it makes no difference if anyone actually experienced them all or not.’
      • ‘Please stop and think a minute and put yourself in their situation.’
      • ‘I enjoy thinking about scenarios, putting myself in those situations and allowing my mind to draw up conclusions.’
      • ‘They are people, and while they are different to me in culture, it terrifies me when I put myself in the present situation of any one of them.’
      • ‘Why can't humans put themselves in the situations that we inflict upon animals.’
      • ‘You've got to put yourself in the pilot's situation.’
      • ‘I try hard to put myself in that position and imagine what it would be like, but of course, I've always been part of the majority.’
    2. 2.2 Write or print (something) in a particular place.
      ‘they put my name on the cover page’
      • ‘We always use an assumed name when putting our names on waiting lists at restaurants.’
      • ‘The council is appealing to key workers and existing housing association tenants to put their names down on the shared ownership register.’
      • ‘Company directors have expressed concerns over being held responsible for putting their names to a statement that they believed to be true at the time of signing but which later turned out to be incorrect.’
      • ‘It may also be pointed out that it was quite possible to register employees who were not really employed, by putting all sorts of names on a staff list for the sake of meeting the requirement.’
      • ‘Reasons for the high figures include misunderstanding of the forms and voters being unhappy about putting their signatures on to a secret ballot paper.’
      • ‘Everyone that wanted a seat put their name on a slip that went into a coffee can.’
      • ‘It does not matter which candidate's name you elect to put your cross against so long as you make your choice.’
      • ‘When Christianity came into the picture, the church tried to change the practice by putting saints' names in the box instead.’
      • ‘I really hope you two don't mind me putting your pen names on this.’
      • ‘The organisers had named four for every position and then over to you to put X over the name of your choice.’
      • ‘They have themselves to blame for putting their signatures to a document that was so evidently not ready for implementation.’
      • ‘Is your complaint that the number that has been put on the respondent's document is the wrong number?’
      write, inscribe, pen, pencil, scribble, scrawl, dash off, add
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    3. 2.3 Express (a thought or comment) in a particular way.
      ‘to put it bluntly, he was not really divorced’
      • ‘My room was like a pigsty, to put it frankly.’
      • ‘As Cross puts it, modern humans can transfer insights from one domain to another, often to a domain that is metaphoric or symbolic.’
      • ‘As some perceptive reviewer put it, Barry writes like an angel, but an angel on the side of the fallen.’
      • ‘Another distinguished citizen, who prefers not to be named, puts it another way.’
      • ‘As ever, the finely nuanced statement did not put matters quite so bluntly.’
      express, word, phrase, frame, formulate, render, convey, couch
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  • 3put something on/on towith object and adverbial Cause (someone or something) to be subject to something.

    ‘commentators put some of the blame on Congress’
    ‘he defended his decision to put VAT on domestic fuel’
    • ‘Do not focus on weight or put pressure on your child to be the best person on the team.’
    • ‘But competition remains fierce, putting pressure on workers who are the worst paid in food processing.’
    • ‘I will never reprimand my horse or put pressure on him if he tries.’
    • ‘As staff leave these smaller units even greater pressure is put on those who remain.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We really want to put the fear back on to the criminal.’’
    • ‘It puts the pressure on to the employers and government to come up with an offer that can start real negotiations.’
    • ‘Under the Roman empire the system of collecting the revenue put extreme pressure on the poor.’
    • ‘This deal puts the focus back on to the team's future potential.’
    • ‘They prefer to put the blame on to the parents.’
    • ‘He argues that other cities have already put the responsibility on the operators of horse drawn carriages to deal with the aftermath of their trade.’
    • ‘But, crucially, it follows a similar logic of putting the responsibility on to parents to break cycles of deprivation through the sheer force of their parenting skills.’
    • ‘This increased weight puts a strain on their backs and pressure on their disks.’
    • ‘It is understood that pressure is being put on education bosses to backtrack.’
    • ‘This way you're putting the load on to the contractor.’
    • ‘Perhaps entertaining the possibility of winning the series put too much pressure on many of the players.’
    • ‘Partly, this might be addressed by putting far more emphasis on education.’
    • ‘David stood up straight, groaning for a moment at the strain put on his calf muscles.’
    lay, pin, place, impose, fix
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    1. 3.1 Assign a particular value, figure, or limit to.
      ‘it is very difficult to put a figure on the size of the budget’
      • ‘The continued lack of confidence in the Irish company make it difficult to put a value on the company.’
      • ‘The agency declined to put a precise figure on the savings.’
      • ‘While it is difficult to put an exact figure on the total of undocumented Irish in the United States it's been estimated that there are tens of thousands.’
      • ‘It's hard to put figures on the export worth of Scotland's haggis.’
      • ‘Insurers had yet to put a figure on the damage, but it was likely that replacing the gutted building would cost another £5m.’
      • ‘Why are you so shy of just putting a rough figure on it?’
      • ‘I have no reference points to start figuring out how to put a dollar value on something like that.’
      • ‘A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman said school budgets were very tight, but it was not yet possible to put a figure on the average shortfall.’
      • ‘It is difficult to put a dollar figure on the damage the rain-swollen tide from did to the property.’
      • ‘Even if we cannot yet fully count the value of the environment as such, we can put a figure on the cost of environmental destruction.’
      • ‘Nobody can even put an exact figure on the number of children who have been excluded, which is a disgrace in itself.’
      • ‘It would be far too early to start putting a figure on how many people would lose their jobs if that were to happen.’
      • ‘But it's impossible to put a figure on something like that.’
      • ‘Today one of North Yorkshire's leading entrepreneurs put a figure on what this chaos has cost him: £150,000.’
      • ‘He said it was impossible to put figures on the number of young people addicted to drugs who were involved in crime.’
      • ‘Surely no figure can be put on the value of the experience and commitment of the Peterhead officers.’
      • ‘He declined to put a figure on the number of shops that could close or retailers that could go out of business.’
      • ‘Council leaders have refused to put a figure on the actual cost of the case - estimated at more than £1 million.’
      • ‘The Primary Care Trust was unable to put an exact figure on the number of NHS dentists in the borough.’
      • ‘However he refused to put an exact figure on losses for individual years between 1999-2001.’
    2. 3.2put something at Estimate something to be (a particular amount)
      ‘estimates put the war's cost at £1 million a day’
      • ‘One estimate puts the aggregate increase at £13 bn.’
      • ‘Current estimates put the autism rate at one in 500 children, but some recent studies in California, New Jersey, and elsewhere report an incidence as high as one in 150.’
      • ‘Nightjars are now very rare with the latest estimates putting the population at around 3,500 across Britain.’
      • ‘Most estimates put the total number at under 100,000.’
      • ‘Some estimates have put the final costs at more than £1 million.’
      • ‘American congressional investigators put the latest estimate at more than $20 billion.’
      • ‘One official estimate put the annual profits at $US7 billion in 1996, and it has surely risen since.’
      • ‘The most recent estimates put his personal fortune at $500 million, and he is guaranteed to earn $1 billion just from repeat fees over the next 20 years.’
      • ‘The first official estimates from about a third of polling stations put the turnout at just over 50 percent.’
      • ‘One estimate from the time puts the English casualties at five hundred whilst the Welsh suffered no losses.’
      • ‘Later the workforce was increased, some estimates putting the final figure at about 45,000.’
      • ‘Some estimates put the turnout at up to 300,000.’
      • ‘One knowledgeable estimate puts pretax profits at $1.5 billion.’
      • ‘An unofficial estimate puts the lost lives at 9,000.’
      • ‘The latest estimate puts the project at $260 million, though this is currently being revised.’
      • ‘Estimates on job losses have been put at upwards of 30,000.’
      • ‘The best study I've seen on the topic puts the estimate at around 25,000 deaths per annum.’
      • ‘One estimate put the savings at $20 million each month.’
      • ‘No one knows exactly how many people died, but many estimates put the total at well over 1,000.’
      • ‘Estimates of the unmet demand for consumer advice have been put at up to 1.5 million inquiries a year.’
      estimate, calculate, reckon, gauge, assess, evaluate, value, judge, measure, compute, establish, fix, set, guess
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  • 4with object and adverbial Throw (a shot or weight) as an athletic sport.

    ‘she set a women's record by putting the shot 56' 7"’
    • ‘He successfully putted the shot 20.16m.’
    • ‘He went on to long jump 6.71m and put the shot a personal best of 12.68m.’
    • ‘There are three primary styles of putting the shot.’


  • 1A throw of a shot or weight.

    • ‘In June 1984 she achieved a put of 21.00 metres, which would remain her personal best.’
    • ‘Nichols recorded a put of 61.05 on his third attempt.’
    • ‘She produced a magnificent put to end the competition, the furthest throw in the world for at least two years.’
  • 2Stock Market

    short for put option
    • ‘A call option is the opposite to a put, and gives a right to buy at a preset price.’
    • ‘If you sell a put, you've agreed to buy stock at a certain price from the owner of the put.’


  • not know where to put oneself

    • informal Feel deeply embarrassed.

      • ‘Inside is a room of such luxury and taste, I don't know where to put myself.’
      • ‘Jamie didn't know where to put herself in this situation.’
      • ‘The young star looked a little uncomfortable, as if she didn't quite know where to put herself.’
      • ‘‘Oh dear, oh dear, Arthur,’ he says and doesn't know where to put himself.’
      • ‘I think the mum with the kid on the swing next to me didn't know where to put herself.’
  • put something behind one

    • Get over a bad experience by distancing oneself from it.

      ‘they have tried to put their grief behind them and rebuild their lives’
      • ‘He was hoping to sort out his life and put his crimes behind him.’
      • ‘She wanted to start putting her nightmare behind her.’
      • ‘Today, they've put this experience behind them.’
      • ‘He tried to get on with life, putting the tragedies behind him and spending as much time with his remaining grandchildren as possible.’
      • ‘The widowed bride quickly puts the event behind her.’
      • ‘‘I had hoped to go faster but at least it shows I'm getting my fitness back and putting the trials behind me,’ she said.’
      • ‘Everyone in the family just wants to put this terrible experience behind us and make a fresh start.’
      • ‘She very much appreciated the kindness shown to her by those around her and is determined to get on with her life and to put this horrible experience behind her.’
      • ‘I accepted the two months' salary they offered, and I put the experience behind me.’
      • ‘They want to put their ordeal behind them and get on with their lives.’
      consign something to the past, put something down to experience, forget about something, pay no heed to something, ignore, regard as water under the bridge
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  • put the clocks back (or forward)

    • Adjust clocks or watches backwards (or forwards) to take account of official changes in time.

      ‘don't forget to put your clocks back tomorrow night’
      • ‘We put the clocks forward a couple of days ago, it's British summertime.’
      • ‘Don’t forget to put your clocks back tonight.’
      • ‘Western Australia has started putting their clocks forward over the last two summers.’
      • ‘I have put my clocks forward, apart from the three that are radio-controlled and should look after themselves.’
      • ‘It's October 27th, and three days before we put the clocks back.’
  • put someone's eyes out

    • Blind someone in a violent way.

      ‘Lucia, the virgin saint who had her eyes put out’
      • ‘She punched him, and I think put his eyes out.’
      • ‘Thieves attacked her and put her eyes out.’
      • ‘They should put their eyes out, so they can't commit any more crimes.’
      • ‘Her golden dagger clanged twice as it flashed deep into his visor and put his eyes out.’
  • put one's hands together

    • Applaud; clap.

      ‘I want you all to put your hands together for Barry’
      • ‘Now, put your hands together for the first poet tonight.’
      • ‘Would you please put your hands together and join me in welcoming our debaters tonight.’
      • ‘Please put your hands together for our speakers.’
      • ‘Let's all put our hands together to welcome the bride and bridegroom!’
      • ‘How about we put our hands together and welcome the people that helped the newlyweds put this day together?’
      clap, cheer, whistle, give a standing ovation to, put one's hands together
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  • put one's hands up

    • Raise one's hands in surrender.

      • ‘‘I surrender!’ I put my hands up half-heartedly.’
      • ‘Drop your gun and put your hands up.’
      • ‘They put their hands up and surrendered to police.’
      • ‘Put your hands up and step out of the vehicle.’
      • ‘Putting my hands up, I turned around.’
  • put it (or oneself) about

    • informal Engage in many casual sexual relationships.

  • put it there

    • informal in imperativeUsed to indicate that the speaker wishes to shake hands with someone in agreement or congratulation.

      ‘put it there Steven, we beat them’
      • ‘When I was a kid, the first thing I heard when my uncle visited was, ‘Put it there, buddy.’’
      • ‘‘Put it there!’ he extended a brawny paw, which closed over the minister's small hand and gave it a shake.’
  • put one over on

    • informal Deceive (someone) into accepting something false.

      ‘he was astute–no one was going to put one over on him’
      • ‘Public skepticism of schemes of this kind might diminish if the officials in charge didn't act like they were trying to put one over on us.’
      • ‘Had he put one over on the experienced politician?’
      • ‘The get-rich-quick merchants perhaps gain some personal satisfaction from having put one over on their unsuspecting and perhaps too trusting clientele, but in fact rarely get rich.’
      • ‘Or do they pretend not to defy him, while secretly preparing to put one over on him?’
      • ‘Rather than seeing this as your potential partner trying to put one over on you, it's best to see it as his or her attorney doing his job, which is to protect his client.’
      • ‘A familiar urban legend plot involves a member of a tribal or ethnic group who decides to put one over on some English speakers by slipping an inappropriate phrase from his native language into their domain.’
      • ‘But don't try to put one over on him: ‘If I get the feeling I'm being jerked around, then I want the forfeit.’’
      • ‘The liar enjoys the feeling of power gained from putting one over on somebody.’
      • ‘‘You'd be surprised,’ he told me flintily, ‘how many people try to put one over on us.’’
      • ‘I think that they were guilty merely of trying to put one over on a man who was acting as a gullible fool.’
      deceive, trick, hoodwink, mislead, lead astray, delude, fool, take in, dupe, outwit, steal a march on, throw off the scent, put on the wrong track
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  • put up or shut up

    • informal Justify oneself or remain silent.

      ‘they called for the minister to either put up or shut up’
      • ‘I want to conclude by challenging the Opposition today to put up or shut up.’
      • ‘‘People who want to make serious allegations against a Member of Parliament or, indeed, anybody else, have got to be prepared essentially to put up or shut up,’ Sir Philip said.’
      • ‘Council chairman Coun Colin Lampard said: ‘We have got to the stage where they must either put up or shut up.’’
      • ‘He called on his opponents to put up or shut up.’
      • ‘The FDA was brand-new back then and told the companies to put up or shut up: prove your products are safe and effective or quit making them.’
      • ‘It's high time for all you governments to put up or shut up.’
      • ‘The two brothers at the centre of Australia's most infamous gold swindle have today told one of Western Australia's most senior policemen to put up or shut up.’
      • ‘‘The issue has been highlighted by me and others and it is now time for the government to put up or shut up,’ said Deputy Flynn.’
      • ‘He says the Select Committee should be given hard evidence, not just rumour, and employers should either put up or shut up.’
      • ‘In these circumstances he should put up or shut up.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • put about

    • (of a ship) turn on the opposite tack.

      • ‘As every good captain knows, a schooner that's sailing a bit too close to the wind often goes slower and runs the risk of being put about on the wrong tack.’
      • ‘The vessel put about on the other tack, but for want of wind, or not having sail enough, she drifted into the ground swell towards the beach.’
      • ‘When the boat put about she would toss badly.’
      • ‘Nares immediately telegraphed the engine room to stop and had the ship put about and set off back over its track.’
      turn round, change direction, come about, go about, change course, alter course
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  • put someone about

    • Upset or trouble someone.

  • put something about

    • Spread information or rumours.

      ‘the rumour had been deliberately put about by the authorities’
      • ‘They just get a bit wrapped up in the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming event and start putting about daft ideas.’
      • ‘What I do know is that there is a lot of hot air, claim, sheer fantasy and scaremongering being put about which seems designed to strangle any plans at birth.’
      • ‘I also used to put stories about, hinting that staff were being watched all the time, just to keep them alert.’
      • ‘A spokesman added: ‘We dispute the view put about that there is little fraud because few people are being charged.’’
      • ‘The nonsense the opposition is putting about that people earning under $52,000 will get nothing from the Budget is scaremongering at its worst.’
      • ‘Not long ago, he accused me in an email of putting about stories that he's a drunk.’
      • ‘It's certainly not us putting these rumours about.’
      • ‘The story put about is that he used his laptop computer without using proper security measures, and therefore may have disclosed information or released it to unauthorized persons.’
      • ‘Josefina defends her friend against the ‘lie’ that she disliked children, saying it was put about by a child who was the ringleader of a group that would disturb Beatrix when she was trying to write quietly.’
      • ‘He added that ‘misrepresentations, half-truths and downright lies’ had been put about since the judicial review, particularly on the estimated costs.’
      spread, spread about, spread around, circulate, make public, make known, disseminate, broadcast, publicize, pass on, propagate, announce, give out, bandy about
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  • put something across

    • Communicate something effectively.

      ‘our group must put across its views and gain popular support’
      • ‘He had a way of putting complex thoughts across in an easy and approachable manner.’
      • ‘It's absolutely wonderful to have this whole new box of tools for putting ideas across.’
      • ‘Always willing to talk to the media, and skilled in putting his view across, he reserved most of his energies for negotiations at the highest political levels.’
      • ‘They have ten weeks to put their views across on the four main projects, which are aimed at upgrading facilities for patients.’
      • ‘I wasn't afraid to stand up and speak in public and I had learned all sorts of lessons about how to put your point across effectively.’
      • ‘There will be more opportunities for people to put their views across in the future.’
      • ‘Every speaker needs nervous energy to put his message across effectively.’
      • ‘Chiefly, the author needs to form a point of view and put it across clearly and effectively.’
      • ‘Though forthright, he was seldom blunt, never pontificated and normally put his views across with considerable wit.’
      • ‘There are three main causes of unclear writing: forgetting the needs of the audience; writing for a reason other than communication; and not putting a point across clearly.’
      communicate, get across, get over, convey, explain, make clear, make understood, express, spell out, clarify
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  • put something aside

    • 1Save money for future use.

      ‘we have a little bit put aside in the bank’
      • ‘It is the second time in just over a year this has happened and I now want the council to put some money aside as a precaution for next year.’
      • ‘He is saving slowly, putting a little money aside when he can.’
      • ‘You need to make a Will, plan ahead for inheritance tax and put some money aside for funeral expenses.’
      • ‘Try to budget to put some money aside to cope with an unexpected event.’
      • ‘I will put some money aside for my son and his family, but the rest will go towards the church, the community, and charity.’
      • ‘Bills or no bills you've got to put something aside for the future.’
      • ‘She is putting every cent aside for an operation which will save her son's sight.’
      • ‘The study also found that 20 per cent of firms put no budget aside for developing skills, while 39 per cent never measure the value of training schemes.’
      • ‘Imagine putting your money aside for your retirement only to find that it's not there.’
      • ‘Hopefully I'll still make enough money this month to pay my bills and put some money aside.’
      save, lay by, put by, put away, lay aside, set aside, put to one side, deposit, reserve, keep in reserve, keep, store, stockpile, hoard, stow away, cache
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    • 2Forget or disregard something, typically a feeling or a past difference of opinion.

      ‘the rival firms put aside their differences’
      • ‘In fairness when the election is over we will put political differences aside and look at the bigger issues.’
      • ‘My brothers and I would promise to put our differences aside and try our hardest not to argue, fuss, or fight.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is time the families put their differences aside.’
      • ‘Political differences and personality clashes can be put aside at times for the benefit of the whole community.’
      • ‘He softens his heart a little and puts his prejudices aside when confronted with his past on Christmas.’
      • ‘We believe that as a result of the discussions the county council reservations will be put aside.’
      • ‘As the dinner commenced, all differences were put aside in the spirit of Thanksgiving and sharing.’
      • ‘Both had their reservations, but a lot of the pettiness had been put aside.’
      • ‘European Union countries are going to have to put their differences aside.’
      • ‘I welcome any attempt by all members of this House to join together, put political differences aside, and be constructive for once.’
      disregard, set aside, ignore, pay no heed to, forget, discount, shrug off, bury, consign to oblivion
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  • put someone away

    • Confine someone in a prison or psychiatric hospital.

      ‘he deserves to be put away forever’
      • ‘Giving evidence, the victim told the jury he had threatened to kill her or told her she would be put away.’
      • ‘Her husband was trying to put her away in order to get her money.’
      • ‘For example, in Alabama simple possession of steroids can put you away for up to 10 years, while in Alaska steroids aren't even classified as a controlled substance.’
      • ‘How is it serving the public interest that she is put away for life?’
      • ‘I can't really tell you how to do your job Ms. Strong, but I just don't see how putting Jeremy away is going to help him.’
      • ‘He added: ‘They can accuse anyone of anything and put you away for the rest of your life.’’
      • ‘I still have all the evidence to put you away for a long time.’
      • ‘How many more convictions does he have to get before the State takes this seriously and puts him away for life?’
      • ‘He was charged with three counts of robbery with violence, and three counts of attempted murder - enough to put him away forever.’
      • ‘Apparently, if you're at risk of harming yourself or someone else, you can be put away.’
      put in prison, put behind bars, imprison, jail, lock away, lock up, shut away, shut up, incarcerate, confine
      commit, certify, section, hospitalize, institutionalize
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  • put something away

    • 1Save money for future use.

      ‘I put away some money every week’
      • ‘Rich retired people have taken to splashing out on themselves rather than putting their money away for their children, according to a new report.’
      • ‘The obvious thing to do therefore is try to put some money away each month into a holiday account.’
      • ‘We now have a granddaughter and we and her parents would like to put some money away for her future.’
      • ‘They worked hard, and they tried to put a little money away so that their kids and their grandkids could have a better life.’
      • ‘You should decide in advance what you are saving for and how long you want to put the money away.’
      • ‘They feel ‘What is the point in saving if I can get extra from the government without putting my own money away?’’
      • ‘Once debts are under control, it is advisable to take stock of your savings, and try to put some money away regularly for a rainy day.’
      • ‘Not enough people are taking professional advice or putting sufficient money away to have an adequate retirement income.’
      • ‘She is also trying to put some money away for university, where she hopes to study fashion.’
      • ‘We are spending most of what we save within weeks of putting it away for the future.’
      save, put aside, lay by, put by, lay aside, set aside, put to one side, reserve, keep in reserve, deposit, keep, store, stockpile, hoard, stow away, cache
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    • 2Consume food or drink in large quantities.

      ‘Did you see how much food he put away?’
      • ‘Having put a few drinks away, it wasn't hard to go and talk to her.’
      • ‘My wife managed to put away one of the desserts, while I stuck with a cappuccino.’
      • ‘I know for sure I can put away two burgers, fries, chili and a small soda easily.’
      • ‘I've managed to put away seven pints and six shots.’
      • ‘He looked as though he'd put a few drinks away, and his red nose suggested that that wasn't unusual for him.’
      eat, consume, devour, down, gobble up, bolt, wolf down, guzzle
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    • 3(in sport) dispatch or score a goal or shot.

      ‘I put away his lob’
      • ‘We have to start putting the goals away and start winning.’
      • ‘I'll keep making those runs then eventually things will fall to me and hopefully I'll put a few goals away.’
      • ‘Wexford got two goal chances and put them away and at the end they were the scores that mattered.’
      • ‘He got one goal chance and he put it away with style and conviction.’
      • ‘A controversial goal was put away by the visitors.’
      • ‘Although they enjoyed considerable possession at this point they simply couldn't put the scores away.’
      • ‘All six Bolton penalties were put away in style.’
      • ‘Their full back Piper put the goal away to give his side a three point lead.’
      • ‘The goal he scored was down to our defending but he put the ball away and won United the game.’
      • ‘Had he put it away, United would have finished a total of four points better off, Chelsea one point worse off.’
  • put something back

    • 1Reschedule a planned event to a later time or date.

      ‘they have put back the film's release date to September’
      • ‘Although the date of June 4 has been set for trial, it is believed an application could be made by the defence team to put that date back to enable further preparations to be made.’
      • ‘We originally planned the event for July but then it was put back to September.’
      • ‘With Macclesfield possibly involved in play-offs for promotion, there's a chance the final could be put back from its scheduled date of April 27.’
      • ‘Plans by Australian Wool Handlers to run alternate wool auctions have been put back until August to coincide with the new selling season.’
      • ‘The date of the roadworks could be put back to the autumn if that date is preferred.’
      • ‘But at a hearing at a Greek court to set the appeal date it was put back to January 13.’
      • ‘The monthly meeting of the guild has been put back to the later date of Wednesday, May 18.’
      • ‘Venues could be forced to close if the date is not put back.’
      • ‘Europeans eager to get their hands on the console will now have to wait the best part of a month for one, now the release date has been put back to 24 November from 26 October.’
      • ‘Suggestions are being made that perhaps the event could be put back a little, perhaps to the end of June.’
      postpone, defer, delay, put off, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, table
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      1. 1.1Delay something.
        ‘greater public control may put back the modernization of the industry’
        • ‘Rail managers have already admitted that the finishing date of the station facelift has been put back by five months.’
        • ‘The company's chief executive has been denied a visa, in a move that surely means the already delayed October 21 start of the trial will be put back still further.’
        • ‘Its launch has been put back by negotiation delays, although the company confirms it is in negotiations with the larger studios and also with TV companies.’
        • ‘The development plans have been put back five to eight years.’
        • ‘If the university is not planning on being a partner with the council, it puts the plan back a long way.’
        postpone, defer, delay, put off, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, table
        postpone, defer, delay, put back, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, shelve, table
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  • put something by

    • Save money for future use.

  • put someone down

    • 1Criticize someone.

      ‘he put me down in front of my own employees’
      ‘stop putting yourself down’
      • ‘If she's volatile, puts you down or insists on having her way, she's not a good candidate for best friend material.’
      • ‘The only way they can feel good is to put you down.’
      • ‘Why was this man so determined to belittle him, and put him down, at every chance?’
      • ‘If your critic has only said it to put you down, this makes you bigger than him.’
      • ‘Some people try to puff themselves up by putting you down.’
      • ‘A friend will never put you down or make you feel alone’
      • ‘They don't tend to play practical jokes, or engage in humor that humiliates or puts somebody down.’
      • ‘But Michael was constantly putting her down, and seemed to enjoy humiliating her, finding fault with everything.’
      • ‘Because people didn't feel good about themselves, they would always be putting you down.’
      • ‘We fear that someone talking in another language is talking about us, putting us down.’
      criticize, belittle, disparage, deprecate, denigrate, take down a peg or two, slight, humiliate, show up, mortify, shame, crush, squash, deflate
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    • 2Lay a baby down to sleep.

      • ‘He had already fed the girls and put them down for the night when she got back from work.’
      • ‘My wife usually puts her down, and they recount the day and say what they're grateful for.’
      • ‘If you want her to learn to settle herself, it's best to try to put her down before she nods off.’
      • ‘Erin came to fetch the baby and put her down in the nursery.’
      • ‘If you have very young children, it is great to be able to put them down for a nap in a completely separate room.’
      • ‘I read to Franklin and put him down for the night, promising to check on him later (thanks for the idea Kyle, it works like a charm).’
      • ‘I wasn't scared at first about becoming a mum, but as the months went on I started to worry about things like bathing her and putting her down to sleep properly.’
      • ‘I love that you hug me tightly before I put you down for naps.’
      • ‘He was a healthy, hearty, happy baby and she had no reason to be worried when she put him down to go to sleep that day.’
      • ‘Katie put Julie down to sleep and then went over to the dining room table so that she could do her homework and still be able to watch the kids.’
      • ‘Twenty minutes later lunch was cleaned up and the children were put down to rest.’
  • put something down

    • 1Record something in writing.

      ‘he's putting a few thoughts down on paper’
      • ‘At first, writing lectures and putting the words down on paper was quite a struggle.’
      • ‘We have had some time to read your judgment, and I want to repeat my thanks to you for putting it down in writing.’
      • ‘Maybe if I put it down on paper, it'll make more sense to me.’
      • ‘So I truly believe that there was that major concern, and I put it down on paper.’
      • ‘But as with any scientific law, it's not codified until you put it down in writing.’
      • ‘It's easy to forget that writers are readers, too, and that writing is a dual act - the act of putting the words down and the act of comprehending them both contemporaneously and after the fact.’
      • ‘It's harder for me to put it down on record because then it's clear and can be scrutinized.’
      • ‘Once a real plan is put down on paper, though, you can do real calculations and figure out whether it really works.’
      • ‘As our greatest generation pass on, it seems more of them are putting their stories down on paper before they die.’
      • ‘I had spent most of last night trying to come up with something to say and I had finally put it down on a very cute piece of purple paper.’
      • ‘Lobbyists are aware that it is far harder to change something once it is put down in writing than when an official is faced with a blank sheet of paper.’
      • ‘In a sense, putting a plan down on paper is forcing you to be very critical about yourself and your business.’
      • ‘When we replied that he would probably welcome that, Cole said: ‘Ask him to put any complaints down in writing and I will consider it.’’
      write down, put in writing, note down, make a note of, jot down, take down, set down, put in black and white, list, record, register, log, enter
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      1. 1.1Make a recording of a piece of music.
        ‘I'll put a load of drum loops down’
        • ‘My latest recordings have been put down at a studio in Chipstead.’
        • ‘I don't care who buys it, I just want to put the songs down and hear them like I hear them in my head.’
        • ‘if you want to hear what some experimental beats sound like without being able to actually play them, you can put the tracks down one at a time.’
    • 2Suppress a rebellion, coup, or riot by force.

      ‘the security forces put down a coup attempt in the capital’
      • ‘He decided to raise an army of loyal troops so that the coup could be put down.’
      • ‘Unless the rebellion is put down quickly, and without shedding too much blood in the process, their political position could be destroyed.’
      • ‘The Northern Rebellion was put down with liberal use of torture, hanging and decapitation.’
      • ‘When rebellions erupted, he put them down ruthlessly.’
      • ‘Both risings were put down later in the summer, the royal forces being augmented by foreign mercenaries gathered for war against the Scots.’
      • ‘Within months the revolt was put down by a combined Western force.’
      • ‘After that riot had been put down, prisoners were locked into yards.’
      • ‘That caused constant trouble for successive British governments, especially from other Commonwealth countries, who expected them to put the rebellion down by force.’
      • ‘Slave rebellions were put down with a ferocity which made Peterloo look like a picnic.’
      • ‘But after the rebellion has been put down, the emperor dies, leaving a son and heir who is just nine years old.’
      suppress, put an end to, crush, quash, quell, overthrow, stamp out, squash, repress, check, subdue
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    • 3Kill an animal because it is sick, injured, or old.

      ‘the horse's condition deteriorated and he was put down’
      • ‘The horse was put down after suffering a serious injury to a hind leg during the De Vere Gold Cup at Haydock on Saturday.’
      • ‘Animal Shelters are overcrowded and forced to put animals down due to lack of space.’
      • ‘Their conditions were so bad, vets later had to put the animals down.’
      • ‘The animal was taken to a vet who decided to put it down.’
      • ‘Her beloved dog had been put down only days earlier.’
      • ‘One sad postscript to the race came when a horse was put down after suffering a serious spinal injury.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a local vet was called to the scene to assess the severity of the animal's condition and was forced to put the animal down.’
      • ‘He finds it difficult to put the animals down, but says there is no alternative, especially when there is not enough food for them all.’
      • ‘Sick, injured and aggressive animals will be put down.’
      • ‘Healthy animals are put down because we simply can't find homes for them - and more and more come in everyday.’
      destroy, put to sleep, put out of its misery, put to death, kill
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    • 4Pay a specified sum as a deposit.

      ‘he put a thousand down and paid the rest over six months’
      • ‘Maybe I will buy some new clothes and put a deposit down on a laptop computer.’
      • ‘Neither one of us has anywhere close to the money needed to even put a security deposit down on a place.’
      • ‘‘People are buying straight off the plans now, they're putting their booking deposit down and are probably signing contracts straight away,’ she said.’
      • ‘Last week Jerry put his winnings down as a deposit on a new lorry.’
      • ‘Decide things early, and put deposits down on things as soon as you can.’
      • ‘If you've got the money, put a deposit down now - there's a two year waiting list!’
      • ‘Aussies with enough money are already putting deposits down for a vehicle which will not be available for several years.’
      put down, put, set, set down, lay down, deposit, position, plant, rest, stand, sit, settle, station, situate, leave, stow, prop, lean
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    • 5Preserve or store food or wine for future use.

      ‘I put down twelve quarts of pickles’
      ‘the claret was put down for ageing’
      • ‘Not only do they grow large gardens and put food down for winter, but they work just as long hours at day jobs.’
      • ‘I'd put the wine down for 4-5 years and drink it over the following 5 years.’
      • ‘Maybe I should put a bottle of this down for three more years and then taste it.’
      keep, keep in reserve, stow, stockpile, lay aside, lay in, set aside, put away, put down, put to one side, deposit, save, hoard, cache
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    • 6Land an aircraft.

      ‘Shelton put the plane safely down on a taxiway’
      ‘the pilot had to put down in a field’
      • ‘Yesterday's crash landing echoed an engine problem back in May which caused him to put the aircraft down in a remote paddock on Lagoon Farm.’
      • ‘With the gear up, I know if something goes wrong I can put the airplane down on the end of the runway or off the runway without the fear of the plane turning over and burning.’
      • ‘He circled over the landing site once before putting the plane down between two bridges.’
      • ‘You have to wonder where, in all that welter of rock up ahead, the pilot will be able to find a comfortable pocket in which to put his aircraft down.’
      • ‘Therefore, the captain of the accident airplane elected to put the airplane down on a grass area adjacent to the runway.’
      • ‘Cooper put the plane down in the desert which inflicted heavy damage.’
      • ‘So now we had to plan our landing and, after the runway opened, plan to put the aircraft down.’
      • ‘General Porter summoned every bit of his airmanship to put the craft back down safely on friendly territory - and he did.’
      • ‘With her two children on board and oil streaming over the windshield, Margie searched the mountains for a place to put the airplane down.’
      • ‘If we had not seen the ship then, we would have put the aircraft down in the water.’
  • put someone down as

    • Consider or judge someone or something to be.

      ‘I'd have put you down as a Vivaldi man’
      • ‘I would never put him down as someone who could kill another human being.’
      • ‘I would put you down as a strong girl, who knows her mind and knows how to do things.’
      • ‘I'd always put her down as someone whose bite was every bit as bad, and probably worse, than her bark.’
      consider, look on, view, see, hold, think, think of, contemplate, count, judge, deem, estimate, evaluate, interpret, appraise, assess, make of, find, put down as, take for, account, reckon, treat, adjudge, size up, value, rate, gauge, sum up, weigh up
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  • put someone down for

    • Enter someone's name on a list as wishing to do, join, or subscribe to (something)

      ‘he put his son down for Eton’
      • ‘When a couple decide to refer after, say, two years, of trying for a baby, the doctor will not immediately put them down for IVF.’
      • ‘It's the kind of school where your grandfather the duke has to put you down for enrollment when your dad is born.’
      • ‘Can you put me down for a trip to Honolulu for this time next year as well?’
      • ‘But several weeks later he recalled them to say a tumour had grown and put Mary down for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a hysterectomy.’
      • ‘We wanted to put him down for the referees course, but he couldn't read or write.’
  • put something down to

    • Attribute something to.

      ‘if I forget anything, put it down to old age’
      • ‘Aged just 38 her death was put down to a wasting disease.’
      • ‘She puts her longevity down to, ‘hard work, hardship and hard times’.’
      • ‘After a four-and-a-half-hour wait the youngster was examined and his illness was put down to stress.’
      • ‘He sustained grave internal injuries and his swift recovery was put down to the rapid response of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which got him to intensive care without delay.’
      • ‘But although his death has been put down to natural causes, police have said there are suspicious circumstances surrounding it.’
      • ‘This season, part of her winning philosophy has been put down to a new rigid fitness programme.’
      • ‘I would put his erratic behaviour down to two things however: the sheer volume of junk food he devours and the monotony of being on the road for long periods of time.’
      • ‘I think our success can be put down to our friendly staff and the care we take in removing some of the mystery from buying a home.’
      • ‘He puts his success down to always looking to tighten operations and make savings, but never at the cost of quality.’
      • ‘Some of the credit for this improvement has been put down to increased use of the CCTV network.’
      ascribe, assign, accredit, credit, impute, allot, allocate
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  • put someone forward

    • Recommend someone as a suitable candidate for a job or position.

      ‘he put me forward as head of publicity’
      • ‘I have lost count of the times an agency has said that they are putting you forward for a position you are interested in and that's the last you hear from them.’
      • ‘They first warned all the party members that they shouldn't put me forward as one of the candidates, and yet a lot of people did.’
      • ‘On the day she died, her commanding officer was putting her forward for a commendation for her part in thwarting an armed robbery, which she is now set to receive posthumously.’
      • ‘Astonishingly, Elisabeth was put forward for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911 and 1923 (probably on the basis of her biography of her brother), only to be pipped at the post by Maeterlinck and Yeats.’
      • ‘The policeman has been put forward for a commendation by his sergeant following his ‘instinctive’ response last Saturday night.’
      • ‘A university student from Dovercourt has been put forward for an award which celebrates young people's achievements.’
      • ‘To me, he is the obvious candidate and I would put him forward without any hesitation.’
      • ‘Since the scheme began as a pilot in September, 1999, more than 2,000 pupils from 820 schools across the UK have been put forward for the award.’
      • ‘Marion has impressed her colleagues so much that she was put forward as a finalist for an NHS achievement award and beat off stiff competition from more than 20 others to win it.’
      • ‘I will be recommending to my superiors that he is put forward for an award.’
      nominate, propose, put forward, recommend
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  • put something forward

    • Submit a plan, proposal, or theory for consideration.

      ‘the authority put forward positive proposals’
      • ‘The protected woodlands in Hazelwood will remain largely untouched, but proposals have been put forward that they be opened up to pedestrians via a series of walkways.’
      • ‘The latest proposals were put forward by the county council as part of its general programme to improve the safety of home-to-school walking routes.’
      • ‘Plans for a £65m entertainment arena in Leeds have been put forward by a London-based developer.’
      • ‘No concrete proposals were put forward at the meeting, a spokesperson said.’
      • ‘Alternative suggestions for the future of threatened Borthwick Wharf have been put forward.’
      • ‘A package of proposals will be put forward for public debate in the normal way, once we have reached our final conclusions.’
      • ‘The original proposals were put forward by the agency in December 2001.’
      • ‘The suggestion of a Pedestrian Crossing was put forward as one possible solution.’
      • ‘Proposals for changes to maternity care in mid Essex have been put forward.’
      • ‘A Private Members' Bill will be put forward in Parliament on January 7, which Geraldine says she will support.’
      propose, offer, advance, submit, present, tender, move, introduce, proffer, set forth, table
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  • put in

    • with direct speechInterrupt in a conversation or discussion.

      ‘‘But you're a sybarite, Roger,’ put in Isobel’
      • ‘‘Hey, I'm paying my half of the rent,’ he put in.’
      • ‘‘Besides,’ put in Doris, ‘we have a number of nieces your age.’’
      • ‘‘I've got a bit of a cold,’ she put in, wiping her nose.’
      • ‘‘Yes,’ put in Amanda, ‘the Bible says it's good to have a merry heart.’’
  • put something in/into

    • 1Present or submit something formally.

      ‘the airport had put in a claim for damages’
      • ‘At present the bids are put in once a year and residents are only consulted on those which are successful.’
      • ‘One resident would have to put an insurance claim in to get the damage fixed.’
      • ‘Bolton will be putting in a bid to the government for extra funding to tackle the towns growing problem.’
      • ‘I am putting in a proposal to the department of health to explore the mechanisms.’
      • ‘Tired of putting in offers for houses but being beaten at the last minute?’
      • ‘York council chiefs investigating how cash went missing at the authority's finance centre say they will be putting a claim in to their insurers.’
      • ‘Compensation claims are there to protect the rights of the individual putting in the claim.’
      • ‘Mr Wood says the six leading clubs had already got together to look at putting in a bid.’
      • ‘The pair approached Historic Scotland to ask about possible grants before putting in an offer.’
      • ‘The Trust will be putting in a bid for Millard House in the next couple of weeks.’
      submit, present, make, file, enter, lodge
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      1. 1.1British Apply formally for.
        ‘Adam put in for six months' leave’
        • ‘I'll have to put in for a car park pass as well.’
        • ‘I will be putting in for change of use of my premises and turning it into flats.’
        • ‘We kept putting in for planning permission but they kept knocking us back.’
        • ‘And, to add insult to injury, our councillors have the nerve to put in for more expenses.’
        • ‘When the job became available I did put in for it.’
        • ‘The City is putting in for a bigger road budget.’
        • ‘We have put in for a number of smaller trust funds but so far none of the other grants have come through.’
        • ‘Management has conceded the pay rise that workers put in for.’
        • ‘I am putting in for special leave so I can see him.’
        • ‘‘I am looking to develop the land for bungalows and, once those negotiations are concluded, I hope to put in for planning permission,’ he added.’
        apply for, put in an application for, request, seek, ask for, try for
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    • 2Devote time or effort to (something)

      ‘employed mothers put in the longest hours of all women’
      • ‘But even in the face of potential relapse, many exercisers worry that taking a break for health concerns may undo all the hard work they've put in at the gym.’
      • ‘We have had almost 120 training sessions, so a monumental effort has been put in.’
      • ‘Employees frequently put in at least 50 hours a week.’
      • ‘Joe says that by putting in the hours at the social hall, he feels he is giving something back to the community.’
      • ‘I think it's a reflection of the hard work staff put in at the school.’
      • ‘Why don't they instead put the energy into presenting scientific rebuttals against our side?’
      • ‘Mother-daughter arguments are normal at this stage, but it's definitely worth putting some effort into improving the relationship.’
      • ‘People are putting in long hours to make up for poor organisation and planning in the workplace.’
      • ‘Most people do not mind putting in some extra time when there's a crisis or an unexpected rush.’
      • ‘We've been putting in a lot of work over a long period of time, it's been a struggle.’
      put in, devote, employ
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    • 3Invest money or resources in.

      ‘the government are unwilling to put more money into training’
      • ‘You get the rewards now of all the efforts you have been putting in to your business.’
      • ‘Predictably, the best performance was achieved by investors who put their money in property.’
      • ‘A special screening of a few songs is vital when it comes to persuading more investors to put their money into the film.’
      • ‘If your company can show that it can create value for investors, people will put their money into your business.’
      • ‘In the current economic environment, investors have grown increasingly cautious about putting their money into medical technology companies.’
      • ‘The company says it is putting in at least $200 million a year for the next five years.’
      • ‘The Treasury has given several hundred million pounds in addition to what we are already putting in.’
      • ‘She would regularly work on scripts and help raise funding, even putting in her own money.’
      • ‘Investors typically want to put their money into a business that has the potential for huge profitability.’
      • ‘There is no major rush to put your money into the best investments available.’
  • put someone off

    • 1Cancel or postpone an appointment with someone.

      ‘he'd put off Martin until nine o'clock’
      • ‘I was to go back to them but they kept putting me off although I rang them three or four times a week for 12 weeks.’
      • ‘The mother puts him off: until the harvest, until the threshing of the corn, until the baking of the bread.’
      • ‘My wife had been pestering me to take her shopping for the boys' presents, and I had been putting her off.’
      • ‘But a lunch date with Marco beckoned, so reluctantly, we agreed to put Dali off until our next trip to the capital.’
      • ‘He apologised for putting me off so long but asked if I could come over to Manchester the next day.’
      • ‘Marcos didn't want to put us off yet again and arranged a slot especially.’
      • ‘Maybe I can keep on putting them off until things are all right.’
      • ‘I kept putting her off, telling her it was too soon and if we bought it too early it would go off.’
      • ‘Suddenly amazed at their own good fortune, the Cardinals made overtures to retain Keane, but he put them off until after the World Series.’
    • 2Cause someone to lose interest or enthusiasm.

      ‘she wanted to be a nurse, but the thought of night shifts put her off’
      • ‘The unpleasantness which followed put her off writing biographies, until she hit on the idea of doing MacGowan's.’
      • ‘This intimidated me a bit, and put me off talking to her.’
      • ‘It's his duty to encourage our interest in politics and not put us off it.’
      • ‘A mess on the rocks is sure to put you off your cream tea until a couple of tides have cleaned it up.’
      • ‘The high cost of insurance would probably put me off buying one.’
      • ‘Transplant teams say more donors are desperately needed - and they urge people not to let distrust of the medical profession put them off giving others the chance of life.’
      • ‘Yet, while I find myself disappointed, it was not disappointing enough to put me off of the movie in general.’
      • ‘If none of these factors puts you off, you may be interested to know that this book is full of dramatic moments, insights, and images that grip, enlighten, and linger in the memory.’
      • ‘Last year there were reports he was buying a luxury home in Brigg, north Lincolnshire, but it is thought the press interest put him off.’
      • ‘I am very disappointed at their decision but it won't put me off painting.’
      deter, discourage, dishearten, demoralize, dissuade, daunt, unnerve, intimidate, scare off
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      1. 2.1Cause someone to feel dislike or distrust.
        ‘she had a coldness that just put me off’
        • ‘It must have been my icy coldness towards him that put him off.’
        • ‘His whole attitude put me off.’
        • ‘What really put me off him was the increasingly creepy tenor of the relationship between him and his fans.’
        • ‘His sly schoolboy demeanor puts me off.’
        • ‘If you know somebody will repeat everything you say over the dinner table to a gossip columnist it will probably put you off the person.’
    • 3Distract someone.

      ‘don't put me off—I'm trying to concentrate’
      • ‘I think he was put off by the comments.’
      • ‘In 2003 I lost my world title because I was put off by the times the other riders were doing, so today was all about thinking about my own ride.’
      • ‘The referee awarded a penalty, which was hotly contested by Bryansford, but Gavin Murdock wasn't put off and blasted to the net.’
      • ‘Far from putting him off, these are the kind of circumstances in which Smith thrives.’
      • ‘But the rain delay did not put her off her game as she quickly claimed the next three points to take the first break of the match.’
      • ‘He's just one of those guys that nothing really puts him off.’
      • ‘Some golfers complain about the noise from the nearby M77, but if that is really putting you off your game then you have already lost concentration.’
      • ‘I don't want to hear your conversations, you're putting me off.’
      • ‘I tried to stare at him to inform him that he was putting me off, but he just gave me a friendly and encouraging smile.’
      • ‘She couldn't answer any questions because my ears were so red it was putting her off.’
      distract, put someone off their stroke, disturb someone's concentration, cause someone to lose their concentration, divert someone's attention, sidetrack
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  • put something off

    • Postpone something.

      ‘they can't put off a decision much longer’
      • ‘Their questions were put off until after the public address.’
      • ‘What was said to me was that the decision has been put off until Tuesday.’
      • ‘I kept putting the decision off, until my friend persuaded me to tell the baby's father.’
      • ‘If your older child is approaching any major milestones, like potty training or moving from a crib to a bed, you may want to put them off until after the baby has been at home for some time.’
      • ‘Maintenance schemes costing more than £700,000 to improve the condition of York council homes have been put off - because of a funding shortfall.’
      • ‘Decisions about replacing cages will be put off until 2009.’
      • ‘The wish to put things off or to delay them is human, but counterproductive.’
      • ‘In the last three months, 14 operations were put off because instruments, including scalpels and forceps, were found to be dirty or the protective wrapping was damaged.’
      • ‘The proposal, with five others, was considered by Southend's cabinet yesterday but a decision was put off because of an undisclosed technical matter.’
      • ‘But a decision was put off for a further four weeks while design issues are resolved.’
      postpone, defer, delay, put off, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, table
      postpone, defer, delay, put back, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, shelve, table
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  • put someone on

    • Tease or playfully deceive someone.

      • ‘Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it’
      • ‘Of the questions posed above, the only one I can answer definitively is whether Saunders is making this stuff up; she is not putting us on.’
      • ‘It's entirely clear from the context and the over-the-top quality of the leaked chapter that he is putting us on.’
      • ‘In person he is gentle and friendly, and wouldn't think of putting you on.’
      • ‘Oh, come on, you know I was only putting you on.’
  • put something on

    • 1Place a garment, jewellery, etc. on part of one's body.

      ‘Juliet had put on a cotton dress’
      ‘she put on fresh make-up’
      • ‘I put my glasses on and looked at the screen in front of me.’
      • ‘Katrina took her shower and put on her clothes in less than 10 minutes.’
      • ‘I finished putting my makeup on, and took a necklace from my jewellery box and put it on.’
      • ‘I pull my coat out of my locker put it on and throw my books in.’
      • ‘Anyhow, I have to put some clothes on to head off to work.’
      • ‘He just helped her put on her shoes.’
      • ‘Next she unzipped the garment bag and casually put the dress on, without even looking in the mirror.’
      • ‘I still wish I could have been there when she put her dress on.’
      • ‘The teacher turned around, putting his glasses on.’
      • ‘I tried to blend in, putting my hooded black sweatshirt on, and walking as fast as I could.’
      get dressed in, dress in, don, clothe oneself in, pull on, climb into, fling on, throw on, pour oneself into, slip into, change into, rig oneself out in
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    • 2Cause a device to operate.

      ‘shall I put the light on?’
      • ‘We now have to put lights on almost as soon as we get home from work as dusk descends.’
      • ‘What did I do with conversation lulls before I could say ‘Shall I put the kettle on?’’
      • ‘I made a cup of tea and put the iron on.’
      • ‘Without putting the hall light on, I went to the door and found two lollipops, one broken, under my lounge window, and the other one still wrapped, by the front door.’
      • ‘My heart sinks as I reach over to put the light on.’
      • ‘An unmarked police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on.’
      • ‘He put a hand on it and found the switch, and put the light on.’
      • ‘He was woken by an intruder putting the lights on downstairs.’
      • ‘It's got to the point where even if I put the bathroom light on they scream abuse at me.’
      • ‘She said: ‘If there is someone you trust you should be able to give them a key and ask them to put the lights on at night.’’
      switch on, turn on, flick on, power up
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      1. 2.1Start to play recorded music or a video.
        ‘she put on some music while they ate’
        • ‘If I just wanted to listen to your music, I'd put the CD on.’
        • ‘A thumping bass boomed over the speakers as the DJ put on a techno dance number.’
        • ‘While doing chores at home, put some music on and build up a sweat dancing.’
        • ‘We all went and gathered round the gramophone, and when we were settled the record was put on.’
        • ‘Thankfully, the restaurant staff put some music on and drew the blinds, hiding us from passing commuters.’
        • ‘I put this album on, threw open my front door and watched the neighborhood dance party begin.’
        • ‘I wake up, shuffle out of bed, put some music on and meander down the small flight of stairs to the second floor of my house.’
        • ‘He didn't talk much either; we just put some music on and sat in silence.’
        • ‘Soon she put the music on and turned up the volume full-blast.’
        • ‘I had the DJ put on slow music so that couples would dance.’
    • 3Organize or present a play, exhibition, or event.

      ‘the museum is putting on an exhibition of Monet's paintings’
      • ‘While the liner was being escorted into the harbor by a tow boat, a fountain display, folk dancing and music shows were put on for the visitors.’
      • ‘It makes a difference when an exhibition is put on in lovely surroundings.’
      • ‘The performance was put on for year seven and eight pupils at Castle View School.’
      • ‘I have been putting events on for 28 years and have never had any incidents at all.’
      • ‘We want the community to be active in organising events and putting future shows on for residents.’
      • ‘Lots of kids came out and the guy putting on the show was super nice.’
      • ‘I hope that training courses are put on to ensure they can continue in viable and financially rewarding employment elsewhere.’
      • ‘If the exhibition had been put on in Britain or America the importance of Florence as a factor in the evolution of the Pre-Raphaelite movement would probably have been more thoroughly explored.’
      • ‘The opening is to coincide with Oxford Art Week, and an exhibition will be put on.’
      • ‘It was so successful that we are thinking of putting it on as an annual event.’
      organize, stage, mount, present, produce
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      1. 3.1Provide a public transport service.
        ‘so many people wanted to visit this spot that an extra train had to be put on’
        • ‘You would think that by now they could figure out to put extra buses on during the festive period.’
        • ‘They should have put more trains on.’
        • ‘Why can't they put a skeleton service on, at least then we would know where we were.’
        • ‘We'll put coaches on to get you there and back.’
        provide, lay on, supply, furnish, make available, run
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    • 4Increase in body weight; become heavier by a specified amount.

      ‘she's given up her diet and put on 20 lb’
      • ‘The fish are still putting weight on and are eating the bulk of the free offerings going in our waters.’
      • ‘I've put about ten pounds of the weight I lost back on.’
      • ‘But they are then afraid to give up for fear of putting the weight back on.’
      • ‘Six years ago she began to get tired and put weight on around her abdomen.’
      • ‘No matter what I eat - and I do eat a lot - I never put much weight on at all.’
      • ‘People who lose pounds on an ordinary diet often put the weight back on once they come off the diet.’
      • ‘His back is feeling good at the moment, so simply putting the weight back on is not an option.’
      • ‘In fact, 90 per cent of dieters put the weight back on later.’
      • ‘I've worked way too hard to put the weight back on.’
      • ‘My eldest daughter is ten, my middle daughter is nearly eight and they both often stand on the scales and see if they have put weight on or not!’
      1. 4.1Add a specified amount to (the cost of something)
        ‘the news put 12 pence on the share price’
        • ‘However, I was disappointed that Mr Brown put a penny on a pint of beer and 4p on a bottle of wine.’
        • ‘The situation could be resolved by the publishers simply putting a penny on the cost of each paper or magazine to cover delivery to the outlets.’
        • ‘That's substantially more today than you get by putting an extra penny on income tax.’
      2. 4.2(of batsmen) score a particular number of runs in a partnership.
        ‘Gooch and Broad put on 125 for the first wicket’
        • ‘Through pure grit and determination the pair put on 41 for the first wicket.’
        • ‘They put on a record-breaking 302-run stand in their previous match.’
        • ‘The pair put on 54 runs off the first nine overs.’
    • 5Assume a particular expression, accent, etc.

      ‘he put on a lugubrious look’
      • ‘Trying to save face as much as possible, I put a fake smile on and sauntered over to him, planting a quick kiss on his surprised lips.’
      • ‘And putting the accent on again, he said, ‘You no crazy at me, you no crazy.’’
      • ‘Theresa, with some effort, puts a calm expression on, and gets up.’
      • ‘Mark put a fake smile on as Kelly tried to calm down.’
      • ‘Tina put on her fake sad look.’
      feign, fake, sham, simulate, affect, assume
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      1. 5.1Behave deceptively.
        ‘she doesn't feel she has to put on an act’
        • ‘Was he just putting all of this on to get me to be his girlfriend?’
        • ‘He's just putting it on, and talking complete rubbish.’
        • ‘Most of us, surely, are suspicious of people who seem to be putting on an act.’
        • ‘They assumed that she was just putting it on to evade detention.’
        • ‘Both women are too intelligent to put on an act to catch a man.’
        pretend, put on an act, play-act, make believe, fake it, go through the motions
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    • 6Bet a specified amount of money on.

      ‘he put £1,000 on the horse to win’
      • ‘My dad put 10p each way on the horse for me that year to keep me quiet I think.’
      • ‘I didn't have a clue what I was doing, so I just put 20 dollars on a random horse.’
      • ‘Obviously I'm not putting any money on them myself, but they are all dead certs.’
      • ‘I won't be putting any money on him to go on and win the title.’
      • ‘If you put 100 pounds on India winning, you could walk way with a cool 100,000 pounds.’
      bet, gamble, stake, wager, place, lay, risk, chance, hazard
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  • put someone on to

    • Draw someone's attention to (someone or something useful, notable, or interesting)

      ‘Pike put me on to the Department's Legal Section’
      • ‘Fortuitously, one of our many and varied listeners emailed me and put me on to this site.’
      • ‘Thanks to Tony for putting me on to this story.’
      • ‘He's interested in it, and he might be able to put you on to some similar source material.’
      • ‘Larry put me on to a project that's of interest to me.’
      • ‘Maybe I will meet someone who can put me on to a job I would like.’
      • ‘He's a new hip-hop artist a friend put me on to, and I'll be ever thankful to her.’
      • ‘I put her on to an article I'd found in the paper.’
      • ‘I also needed some tennis locations and he put me on to some ones that were perfect.’
      • ‘It was her uncle Darren who put her on to Elvis.’
      • ‘‘I'll put you on to a man who'll convince you,’ said my friend.’
  • put out

    • Agree to have sexual intercourse with someone.

      ‘getting a girl to put out for him had not always been a simple matter’
  • put someone out

    • 1Cause someone trouble or inconvenience.

      ‘would it put you out too much to let her visit you for a couple of hours?’
      • ‘I don't want to put you out.’
      • ‘I know it really puts him out if I cancel within 24 hours.’
      • ‘She acted as if it put her out to ring up my order.’
      • ‘Would it really put you out to just let her crash at your place?’
      inconvenience, trouble, bother, impose on, cause inconvenience to, create difficulties for, put someone to any trouble, disoblige
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      1. 1.1Upset or annoy someone.
        ‘he was not put out by the rebuff’
        • ‘He looked a tad put out.’
        • ‘I got on with it in a businesslike way to show that I wasn't put out.’
        • ‘The sport Minister was not put out at having to wait over an hour for the world heavyweight boxing champion to appear at last week's press conference.’
        • ‘Jim was most put out - he'd only got about a third of the way through his slides.’
        • ‘I said I was going to take notes and he looked put out, as if this slowed the process to an unacceptable degree.’
        • ‘They seem somehow put out that I am losing weight so easily and so enjoyably.’
        annoy, anger, irritate, offend, affront, displease, exasperate, infuriate, provoke, irk, vex, pique, nettle, gall, upset
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    • 2(in sport) defeat a player or side and so eliminate them from a competition.

      ‘the Czechs put Rangers out of the European Cup’
      • ‘They put Bradford City out in the first round.’
      • ‘It was a wonderful goal, acknowledged as the best of the tournament, but it didn't stop Holland from putting us out of the competition.’
      • ‘The pattern of scoring had been uncannily close to that in the defeat that put England out of the last European Championship.’
      • ‘She scored twice for Victoria to put School Green out of the cup.’
      • ‘He scored the goal that put Italy out of the World Cup.’
    • 3Make someone unconscious by means of drugs or an anaesthetic.

      ‘the injection will put you out for ten minutes’
      • ‘Finally Dr. Raymond came and gave her an injection that put her out until the following morning.’
      • ‘I had to hold her down while the doctor tried to put her out with the anaesthetic.’
      • ‘They'll put you out and in about five minutes, the surgery will be over.’
      • ‘My niece just had surgery at the hospital and they had to put her out.’
      • ‘Just put me out, Doc, and wake me when it's over.’
  • put something out

    • 1Extinguish something that is burning.

      ‘fire crews from Grangetown put out the blaze’
      • ‘My teacher ran over with the fire extinguisher and put the fire out.’
      • ‘He looked up at me and grinned, putting out his cigarette on the arm of the bench.’
      • ‘After firefighters put out the flames they made a standard check of the vehicle and made the grim discovery.’
      • ‘The freeway remained closed for two hours while crews put out assorted grass fires.’
      • ‘It took firefighters 30 minutes to put the fire out.’
      • ‘Using a hand held fire extinguisher, they put out the fire in six minutes.’
      • ‘Firefighters battled for more than three hours to put out a blaze in a Horwich cotton mill early on Wednesday.’
      • ‘As a smoker I always ask if the people near me mind me smoking and if they say yes then I move away from them or put out my cigarette.’
      • ‘Firefighters who were called to put out the blaze said the fire started in the front passenger seat of the car.’
      • ‘It took fire crews around two hours to put out the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the maisonette.’
      extinguish, quench, douse, stamp out, smother, beat out
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      1. 1.1Turn off a light.
        ‘he dashed over to the door and put out the light’
        • ‘It was late enough now that all the lights had been put out inside the Ellis home when the three of them arrived.’
        • ‘No outside lights will be allowed and all street lighting will be put out.’
        • ‘Inside, the house was quiet and the lights had been put out.’
        • ‘My son puts the lights out after his bedtime story.’
        • ‘We will not continue shopping while the manager puts the lights out.’
        • ‘Sebastian puts the lights out and lights a candle.’
        • ‘The torch fell down putting out the light with a hiss.’
        turn off, switch off, stop, stop working, shut off, shut down, cut, cut out, deactivate
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    • 2Lay something out ready for use.

      ‘she put out glasses and paper napkins’
      • ‘The couple was just putting out the silverware when a knock was heard on the door.’
      • ‘She puts out coffee and cookies every Saturday during the month of December.’
      • ‘When I was a child, my mother would light incense and put the cakes out under the moonlight.’
      • ‘The boat slows down and the crew starting putting out the spread.’
      • ‘If your family puts out a spread, choose those dishes that are lower in fat and calories.’
      • ‘The Salvation Army puts out it's kettles and collects money which is used to help needy people all year long.’
    • 3Issue or broadcast something.

      ‘a limited-edition single was put out to promote the album’
      • ‘Although a press release was put out, letters were not sent to electors.’
      • ‘Every year the United Nations puts out a report on the status of the world.’
      • ‘He spoke with a couple of New York publishers about putting it out, he says, but in the end decided to print it himself.’
      • ‘The crime prevention message is put out as soon as the students set foot on campus as part of the induction process.’
      • ‘Our local organization is great, puts out a great newsletter, and deals well with the local, very difficult politics.’
      • ‘He also wants to put out a leaflet warning people about what is happening.’
      • ‘They put out a small press release with little detail saying an inquiry was underway.’
      • ‘The children have been left traumatised by the incident and we are putting a warning out to the public.’
      • ‘The organization puts out annual employment counts and wages by industry, occupation, and state.’
      • ‘We can't put out misleading information.’
      issue, publish, release, bring out, broadcast, circulate, make known, make public, publicize, post
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    • 4Dislocate a joint.

      ‘she fell off her horse and put her shoulder out’
      • ‘He fell off a slide, putting his shoulder out.’
      • ‘When he hits the ball, he swings his arms so hard that on Saturday he put a shoulder out.’
      • ‘His shoulder was put out again, in the second match against Morocco.’
      • ‘He went carp fishing and put his shoulder out while reeling in a 26-pounder.’
      • ‘If I put my shoulder out again he would soon mend it!’
      put out of joint, put out of place, displace, disjoint, disconnect, disengage
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    • 5(of a company) allocate work to a contractor or freelancer to be done off the premises.

      ‘a big agency might put the work out to an independent merchandizing company’
      • ‘I decided to put the job out to a contractor.’
      • ‘The company he worked for decided to close down the lorry maintenance department and put the work out to contractors.’
      • ‘Within a small authority the work will need to be undertaken ‘in house’ as resources would not be available to put the work out to private consultants.’
    • 6(of an engine or motor) produce a particular amount of power.

      ‘the non-turbo is expected to put out about 250 bhp’
      • ‘The electric motor puts out 65kW with a top speed of 60 mph.’
      • ‘The 2.5-liter engine puts out 300 horsepower.’
      • ‘The engine puts out a respectable 210-hp.’
      • ‘The engine puts out 140 hp and performs very well mated to a VTi automatic transaxle.’
      produce, make, manufacture, fabricate, assemble, put together, process, bring out, put out, churn out
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  • put something over

    • 1Communicate something effectively.

      ‘we wanted to put over the idea that the developers are interested in talking to the community’
      • ‘now I'm here I shall put my point over.’
      • ‘I am willing to put my point over and can do so in a coherent, understandable manner.’
      • ‘It's a very different voice and they are putting it over in a very different way but the principle remains the same.’
      • ‘Speaking in Leeds, he said: ‘A general feeling has been put over that I am opposed to vaccination.’’
      • ‘I thought he put his argument over very well.’
    • 2Postpone something.

      ‘let's put the case over for a few weeks’
      • ‘More worrisome still was his answer when the Weekly asked how much of the present problem would be put over to future years.’
      • ‘He'll put it over until the next meeting and we'll talk it through some more.’
      • ‘Dawson reserved her decision and the case was put over.’
      • ‘However, his sentencing was put over to Thursday for the completion of an extensive pre-sentence report.’
  • put someone through

    • 1Connect someone by telephone to another person or place.

      ‘put me through to the police office, please’
      • ‘A quick call to the Greenwich borough switchboard as I turned into Wellington Gardens, and I was put through to the police station.’
      • ‘He immediately rang the council and was put him through to Shelley's mobile, which was switched off at the time.’
      • ‘The user will then press a single button to put them through to an operator who can connect them with the number they want to dial.’
      • ‘The switchboard should be able to put you through to Revenue's Voluntary Disclosure office.’
      • ‘In the good old days the council switchboard put you through to the relevant department.’
      • ‘Astonishingly, the telephonist did not ask who was calling and simply put us through to the head of regional targets.’
      • ‘On each of our three calls, we were greeted with a recorded message apologising for the delay in putting us through.’
      • ‘Each time we were put through to a main operator service which was prompt, helpful and friendly.’
      • ‘She puts me through to customer service.’
      • ‘First, you are put through to the telephone operator, who asks you which of the emergency services you require.’
    • 2Subject someone to an unpleasant or demanding experience.

      ‘I hate Brian for what he put me through’
      • ‘He would have put her through the same hell had they switched positions.’
      • ‘This series takes modern recruits and puts them through training exercises based on those their counterparts experienced sixty years ago.’
      • ‘But I have never experienced anything like the havoc they are putting us through.’
      • ‘He was put through a series of demanding fitness tests including press-ups, pull-ups and running.’
      • ‘It's an awful experience to put someone through.’
      • ‘Nine months ago, he had been put through a similar experience, and knew the emotions that came with such an ordeal.’
      • ‘She remembered all the suffering he put her through.’
      • ‘He thanked the crowd for their support after he again put them through a nerve-wracking experience at Wimbledon.’
      • ‘That night, sniffing and sneezing, I agonised over why my own mother would put me through such an experience.’
      • ‘She would be prepared to keep her child out of school in September rather than put her through the upset of having to switch schools again.’
      put through, treat with
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    • 3Pay for one's child to attend school or college.

      ‘you've spent so much to put your daughter through college’
      • ‘I hope to join the Marines and they will put me through college in return for four years service when my education is finished.’
      • ‘She helped put me through college, let me live at her house, helped pay my tuition and was always a great friend.’
      • ‘His job at Wal-Mart is putting him through college and he makes good money for a kid his age, well above the minimum wage.’
      • ‘They put you through college, gave you a place to stay when you were out of work and helped you buy your first home.’
      • ‘Not only did she scrimp and save but, by taking on three jobs, she even managed to put them through college.’
      • ‘He arrives at home to find that his family has become poor, because they have mortgaged everything to put him through college.’
      • ‘After she put him through college, they decided he would work as an accountant; she would stay home with the children.’
      • ‘They struggled to put me through college and to this day encourage and support me through everything.’
      • ‘But we've been too busy raising kids and too broke putting them through college to take on any major home improvement projects.’
      • ‘Tim studied history at the University of Florida, where he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, which helped put him through college.’
  • put something through

    • Initiate something and see it through to a successful conclusion.

      ‘he put through a reform programme to try to save the regime’
      • ‘The United Nations complains that it will simply run out of money and be short more than $300 million in the first quarter of 2006 if the new budget is not put through.’
      • ‘The necessary amendments are put through to take them off the payroll.’
      • ‘When a partner has been selected, we can start putting the project through.’
  • put someone to

    • Cause (inconvenience or difficulty) to someone.

      ‘I don't want to put you to any trouble’
      • ‘‘I really am terribly sorry for putting you to this inconvenience,’ he apologized, annoyed and frustrated at his own weakness.’
      • ‘You have put me to serious inconvenience.’
      • ‘The police must realise that there are serious users of the net too and that this direction is likely to put us to great inconvenience.’
      • ‘They apologised for the trouble we had been put to, which we thought was very nice.’
      • ‘It put us to greater inconvenience and expense than taking the day off to shop.’
  • put something to

    • 1Submit something to (someone) for consideration or attention.

      ‘we are making a takeover bid and putting an offer to the shareholders’
      • ‘I shall be putting this question to our MP at the end of April.’
      • ‘‘To have five interested parties is very healthy but it is always very difficult to judge until people start actually putting offers to you,’ said Willis.’
      • ‘It consulted a network of international yards before putting its bid to the Ministry of Defense.’
      • ‘The Herald is putting questions to candidates standing in the local body elections.’
      • ‘Just a few weeks ago, this question was put to more than 3,000 Americans: ‘Can you tell me the name of the current secretary of defense.’.’
      • ‘Detailed questions were put to 200 farmers across the South West region relating to their businesses and personal development.’
      • ‘Members of the public will not be allowed to speak at the extraordinary meeting next Monday but are able to put questions to the council, which had to be submitted by February 16.’
      • ‘The officers have been instructed by the Council to talk to the first few authorities considering putting cases to the Government for invitations to take part in private finance initiatives.’
      • ‘Later I started putting the same question to audiences across the country.’
      • ‘Towards the end it was the turn of the public to put their questions to him.’
      submit, present, tender, offer, proffer, advance, suggest, propose
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      1. 1.1with clauseMake a statement or allegation to (someone) and challenge them to deny it.
        ‘I put it to him that he was just a political groupie’
        • ‘I put it to him that the invitation may have signalled his coming of age.’
        • ‘I put it to him that there doesn't seem to be much law in this process.’
        • ‘We put it to her that radio adverts or adverts on newspaper sites might be preferable to communicating via bulk email.’
    • 2Devote something to (a particular use or purpose)

      ‘they put the land to productive use’
      • ‘The decision to turn the site into a lavender farm and distillery is likely to be welcomed by locals who have long fought to ensure the land is put to good use.’
      • ‘‘Like the gun industry, their exceptional product can be put to bad purposes,’ he says.’
      • ‘By ‘overuse’ one may assume he means that some land might be put to more intensive use than warranted economically.’
      • ‘Many of the new concession holders had no intention of putting the land to productive use and speculation and corruption became rampant.’
      • ‘This is a much better use than the building has been put to for some time.’
      • ‘He was really delighted to receive the cheque, assuring everyone that the money would be put to very good use.’
      • ‘The purposes that technology can be put to can be good or bad.’
      • ‘I'm trying to put the time to good purpose by working.’
      • ‘Mr Morris said: ‘Rather than leaving it as unused land we want to put it to good use.’’
      • ‘Families were broken up and the landscape of Britain changed - politically but also physically when the pits closed and the land was put to other uses.’
    • 3Couple an animal with (another of the opposite sex) for breeding.

      ‘he put the stallion to the mare Grove Chance’
      • ‘If you were to put him to a cob mare you would get a slighter sort of foal.’
      • ‘He won't put his Stallion to mares that aren't correct as it pulls down his horse!’
      • ‘I put your stallion to the mare I raised.’
  • put something together

    • Make something by assembling different parts or people.

      ‘he can take a clock apart and put it back together again’
      ‘they decided to put a new band together’
      • ‘It can be put together on an assembly line, like an automobile.’
      • ‘The auto carriers are put together and taken apart while passengers are aboard their section of the train.’
      • ‘I have always been fascinated by how things are put together whether it is wirelesses or motor cars.’
      • ‘After the bars are cut, Thurston replaces the tubing with a fresh piece and puts the car back together.’
      • ‘Valentine displays have been put together by staff with a sense of romance.’
      • ‘The costumes were put together by Dee Armstrong.’
      • ‘The machines are put together largely from non-aircraft components.’
      • ‘It was interesting to take other peoples' songs apart, see how they were put together and arranged.’
      • ‘From when I was very small, I was always interested seeing how various things are put together.’
      • ‘Purchasers had been entitled to assume that their homes would be put together in the traditional way using tried and tested materials such as solid house-bricks.’
      • ‘Needing to take the music out on to the road, a new band was put together.’
      assemble, compile, make up, collate, compose, marshal, organize, arrange, sort out, systematize, systemize, anthologize
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  • put someone under

    • Make someone unconscious by means of drugs or an anaesthetic.

      ‘Sam had tucked him into bed hours before when the sedatives had finally put him under’
  • put up

    • Stay temporarily in accommodation other than one's own home.

      ‘we put up at a hotel in the city centre’
      • ‘You cruise through Pensacola and put up in a motel in Marianna’
      • ‘We put up in a little hotel, three or four of us in a bed, four or five of us on the floor.’
      • ‘We put up in a hotel full of flies.’
  • put someone up

    • 1Accommodate someone temporarily.

      ‘we're going to put him up for a few days’
      • ‘She asked us where we were staying, and when she heard that we were in a hotel, she said that was a total waste of money, and put us up in her house for three weeks.’
      • ‘In fact four different people offered to put me up until I found a house, which bearing in mind they hardly knew me, was nice. Bert is from Texas and continually makes references to the Cattleman's Club and the Oil Baron's Ball.’
      • ‘The RAF took care of our billeting and put us up with local British residents.’
      • ‘The Health Board put her up in a house with the children and that same night she moved a man into the house.’
      • ‘He has been either been sleeping rough or staying at friends' houses when they are able to put him up.’
      • ‘The best part is they will put us up at someone's house and take us out every night in Rome.’
      • ‘We put them up in a shared house and pay for their petrol.’
      • ‘Presenting himself at Liberty Hall with no money or home, he is put up in a safe house by the union.’
      • ‘Two hotels were so touched by the men's efforts for charity, that they put them up for nothing.’
      • ‘He gladly chose to stay where he was and he was put up in a boarding house.’
      give accommodation to, provide with accommodation, accommodate, house, take in, give a roof to, give a bed to, lodge, quarter, billet
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    • 2Propose someone for election or adoption.

      ‘the party had put up a candidate in each constituency’
      • ‘To hush up the secret in her married mother's middle-class family, she was put up for adoption.’
      • ‘They loved the baby, but felt too young to take care of her and decided to put her up for adoption.’
      • ‘You know that she never wanted to put me up for adoption.’
      • ‘His parents never married, and he had been put up for adoption.’
      • ‘My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption.’
      • ‘Maybe all parties should give candidates a mental health screening before putting them up for nomination?’
      • ‘We were voting for captains today, and I really hoped people would put me up as a candidate.’
      • ‘They asked him to use his influence to stop the party putting up candidates against them.’
      • ‘His mother put him up for adoption, never telling him who his father was.’
      • ‘Ten years ago, at the age of 6, I was put up for adoption.’
      nominate, propose, put forward, recommend
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  • put something up

    • 1Construct or erect something.

      ‘I put up the tent and cooked a meal’
      • ‘You have to build the foundations of a house before you think about putting the walls up.’
      • ‘According to descriptions of the event at the time, tents for spectators were put up at the side of the road and bonfires were lit for warmth.’
      • ‘When there is too little space, a tent is put up in front of people's homes for the guests.’
      • ‘In seaside towns, they are putting up boards along the seafront, ready for the big waves.’
      • ‘Protesters block the path in North Road, Kew, to prevent the company from putting up a phone mast.’
      • ‘In an exposed garden, it is worth putting up a temporary windbreak to protect the cuttings from drying winds.’
      • ‘The centre will be closing for four days from March 29 to April 2, while temporary buildings are put up on the site.’
      • ‘It's unbelievable how quickly they put buildings up.’
      • ‘The report said poor quality buildings were put up in the 1960s and 1970s, and there are even older temporary buildings.’
      • ‘The simple solution of putting up a fence at the school solved the problem, and within months had paid for itself.’
      build, construct, erect, raise, set up
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    • 2Raise one's hand to signal that one wishes to answer or ask a question.

      • ‘I then had history where I put my hand up 12 times and answered correctly.’
      • ‘We watched him putting his hand up to ask a question during a lecture.’
      • ‘Perhaps we could put the lights up and if there's a question that you have, put your hand up.’
      • ‘She told him to put his hand up when he had a question.’
      • ‘In class, he put his hand up so often and got the wrong answer so frequently that his teachers told him to shut up.’
    • 3Display a notice, sign, or poster.

      ‘she put up a sign advertising the guest house’
      • ‘Your dad has been around town putting up posters with your picture on.’
      • ‘Joe is at the General Store putting up a sign advertising himself as a handyman.’
      • ‘‘Mind Your Head’ signs were put up all over the hotel to prevent any accidents.’
      • ‘Companies should apply for the proper permissions before putting signs up.’
      • ‘I have spent much of today helping put up posters.’
      • ‘Since Jamie's death up to three ‘deep water’ signs had been put up.’
      • ‘They will also be busy putting up posters and canvassing support around the school at break and lunch times.’
      • ‘They then hope to put up a notice board to educate people about the site's history.’
      • ‘The pub was putting up notices telling people to stay away if they intend to smoke.’
      • ‘There is no way that the Palace Theatre and Opera House have been involved in putting up fly-posters.’
      display, pin up, stick up, hang up, nail up, post
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      1. 3.1Present a proposal, theory, or argument for discussion or consideration.
        ‘they asked local architects to put up alternative schemes’
        • ‘Commanding officers' recommendations are put up to the brigade commander, who receives such recommendations from many of the battalions.’
        • ‘I can't think of any occasion when this argument was put up before.’
        • ‘It is of no comfort to them whatsoever to argue for an entrenchment clause, and I am ashamed to think that a lawyer would put it up as a proposal.’
        • ‘Sometimes arguments are put up which courts do not deal with because they do not have to deal with it.’
        • ‘I weighed that amendment up very seriously, because I fully believe that the doctor would not have put it up without serious consideration.’
        • ‘It is just possible to put some recommendations up.’
        • ‘That was attacked as being a step that would weaken the union and the same argument has been put up again.’
        • ‘I remember, when I put the proposal up to Cabinet, that there were all sorts of comments about how it would be a waste of money, and all that type of thing.’
        • ‘That argument is really, really stupid, but it is put up almost every time by people in favour of somehow lowering that top tax rate.’
        propose, put forward, present, submit, recommend, suggest, tender
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    • 4Increase the cost of something.

      ‘I'm afraid I've got to put your rent up’
      • ‘I would have to put the rent up by about £200 a month to cover the mortgage payments.’
      • ‘Of course, you can't entirely blame the small business people who are putting prices up because their suppliers have told them they'll be passing on the full ten percent.’
      • ‘Small or large companies do not have the luxury of putting up their prices as councils can put up the council tax to cover costs.’
      • ‘Landlords of rented houses will simply put the rents up to cover the cost, but how are the rest of us supposed to raise the extra money?’
      • ‘The travel industry comes in for stick for putting up prices during school holidays.’
      • ‘First they put the prices up and now they won't be running the buses at all.’
      • ‘We are not putting our prices up.’
      • ‘The claim that we are putting our prices up 25% is nonsense and the message is entirely spurious.’
      • ‘They have said they are going to be putting up taxes to cover expenses, which they say will make things better.’
      • ‘We review our prices each August and if fuel continues to increase we will inevitably have to put our prices up.’
      increase, raise, lift
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    • 5Provide money as backing for an enterprise.

      ‘the sponsors are putting up £5,000 for the event’
      • ‘It is a great idea to put this money up, but the question is - can anyone match it?’
      • ‘What came through, as well as putting his money up for the club, was how enthusiastic he was.’
      • ‘My message to the Minister for Education and to the Government will be this - ‘if you believe in it, put the money up and let's get on with it’.’
      • ‘I really wouldn't want to divulge figures, as that might be impolite to the folks who are putting the money up.’
      • ‘We believe they did have the knowledge at the time, but they would not put the money up for testing.’
      • ‘On Friday he was told North Ayrshire would not be putting up the cash, and he is still waiting to hear from the others.’
      • ‘I wish they'd put the money up to secure the loose nuclear materials in Russia.’
      • ‘She tried to buy the film from the BBC, which had put the money up.’
      • ‘A London-based private equity group is putting the money up and is backing the management buyout.’
      • ‘The Government has shown willing by putting up more than half the cost of the Malton and Norton scheme.’
      provide, supply, furnish, give, come up with, contribute, donate, pledge, pay, advance
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    • 6Offer or show a particular degree of resistance, effort, or skill in a fight or competitive situation.

      ‘he put up a brave fight’
      • ‘We will back whatever resistance is put up by the administration.’
      • ‘Congratulations to the team for getting so far and for putting up a good fight!’
      • ‘Others say they are willing to put up a fight in an effort to stay in Moss Side.’
      • ‘The spokesman said that to his knowledge no resistance had been put up to the show of strength and no casualties had resulted.’
      • ‘The girls started well and despite putting up a brave battle lost out to the stronger side.’
      • ‘He's going to resist and resent and put a fight up.’
      • ‘I would be surprised if much resistance is put up.’
      • ‘She put up a struggle which resulted in her head being struck against a wall and the suspect fled.’
      • ‘There are those who still blame McConnell for not putting up a bigger fight.’
      • ‘But the break did not help her as she lost the set and the match without even putting up a fight.’
      • ‘Still, they have a long way to go, even if they were clearly putting up a fight.’
    • 7Offer something for sale or auction.

      ‘the mill was closed and put up for sale’
      • ‘But a record number of Scotland's sporting estates have been put up for sale this year as their owners cash in on soaring prices.’
      • ‘It's been more than a year now since the club was put up for sale.’
      • ‘An exact replica of the painting was put up for sale six months ago by Christie's for around £1million.’
      • ‘He had been informed that the remaining sites might be put up for auction.’
      • ‘The sites were put up for sale after Carlow Town Council decided to sell them to improve the town centre as part of their Local Area Plan.’
      • ‘These days when a farm is put up for sale it is more likely to be snapped up by a wealthy city worker looking for a weekend retreat than taken on by a new farmer.’
      • ‘However, this plan was shelved when the centre was put up for sale in December.’
      • ‘Even with a torn spine and a small section of the cover missing, the pamphlet is expected to sell for around £700 when it is put up for auction at Christie's, London.’
      • ‘Within the last month, the land has been put up for sale.’
      • ‘Now one of the most coveted trophies in the horse-racing world, dating back to the 18th century, will be unveiled again when it is put up for auction this month.’
    • 8Cause game to rise from cover.

      ‘his dog put up an otter from the riverside’
      • ‘One of the dogs put a pheasant up.’
      • ‘The old boy I used to go out with had a great little Jack Russel, not the fastest thing on four legs, but by God when he put a rabbit up he would follow it.’
      • ‘I foraged about, and put a deer up.’
    • 9Return a sword to its sheath.

      ‘he put up his sword and gave the body a kick’
      • ‘Put up your swords; you know not what you do.’
      • ‘Put up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.’
      • ‘He grew calm and put up his sword in its place.’
      • ‘He put up his sword in silence.’
  • be put upon

    • Be taken advantage of through having one's good nature exploited.

      ‘a put-upon drudge who slaved for her employer’
      • ‘They want to punish someone to show all the world they will not be put upon.’
      • ‘A people who know their traditional rights will not let themselves be put upon.’
      • ‘Chances are the older the woman is, the more she has lost hope, suffered failure in relationships and marriages and is put upon by life.’
      • ‘The critics, pretty much to a person, condemned the art, and were certain they were being put upon.’
      • ‘They have been put upon and shoved and pushed and rooted out of any legitimate role in that society, and it is a huge human tragedy.’
      • ‘But that community knows that it is being put upon by this so-called research levy.’
      • ‘Divorce often results when a partner has had enough of being put upon and taken for granted.’
      • ‘I think it's very important that people should be aware that you have the access to legal help if you're being put upon by a landlord or he's ripping you off.’
      • ‘She was always being put upon, always being ripped off.’
      • ‘We will never allow our players to be put upon like that again.’
      take advantage of, impose on, take for granted, exploit, use, misuse
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  • put someone up to

    • 1Encourage someone to do (something wrong or unwise)

      ‘Who else would play a trick like that on me? I expect Rose put him up to it’
      • ‘It is not the sort of thing I would expect Junior to do and I can only believe he has been put up to it.’
      • ‘It had to be some sort of dare someone put him up to.’
      • ‘Who was he really and who had put him up to this wind-up?’
      • ‘He robbed a car of children's Christmas presents because he was terrified of the guy who put him up to it.’
      • ‘We think the media is trying to make it look like we were put up to protesting.’
      • ‘I don't know why Wade put you up to this, or how much he paid you, but I'm not falling for it.’
      • ‘Was Franklin only charged with mishandling classified material because a more serious charge would also involve having to charge the guy who put him up to it?’
      • ‘She is shaking her head and laughing, and she then stops laughing, and becomes serious, ‘Did my friends put you up to this?’’
      • ‘No doubt his unemployed mates had put him up to it.’
      • ‘The informants claimed they were put up to everything by O'Dowd.’
      persuade to, encourage to, urge to, spur on to, egg on to, incite to, goad to
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    • 2Inform someone about (something)

      ‘Ned's put me up to a good thing or two’
      • ‘He put me up to one or two things worth knowing.’
      • ‘How was it that all the clever people of Cambridge had never put him up to this simple rejoinder?’
      • ‘My husband had a long talk with Mr. Brewster, who put him up to all that had happened.’
  • put up with

    • Tolerate; endure.

      ‘I'm too tired to put up with any nonsense’
      • ‘What they will not put up with, however, is a lack of control over other people.’
      • ‘Luckily, she's about as understanding as they come, and puts up with most of my antics.’
      • ‘She was prepared to put up with almost anything in order not to have to face up to her past.’
      • ‘He is apparently quite passive, and puts up with all this verbal aggression from his wife.’
      • ‘I've been putting up with the problem for a long time now.’
      • ‘Three hours is a long time in the cinema, longer than most audiences are prepared to put up with.’
      • ‘We wish to object to the disgusting sight we have to put up with whenever we look out of our window.’
      • ‘I can certainly appreciate what the miners had to put up with just to earn a crust.’
      • ‘There would be howls of outrage from the drinks industry but we can put up with that.’
      • ‘I have more important things to do than put up with more of her silly mind games.’
      tolerate, take, stand, stand for, accept, stomach, swallow, endure, bear, brook, support, submit to, take something lying down
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Old English (recorded only in the verbal noun putung), of unknown origin; compare with dialect pote ‘to push, thrust’ (an early sense of the verb put).