Definition of put something down in US English:

put something down

phrasal verb

  • 1Record something in writing.

    ‘he's putting a few thoughts down on paper’
    • ‘We have had some time to read your judgment, and I want to repeat my thanks to you for putting it down in writing.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘So I truly believe that there was that major concern, and I put it down on paper.’
    • ‘In a sense, putting a plan down on paper is forcing you to be very critical about yourself and your business.’
    • ‘At first, writing lectures and putting the words down on paper was quite a struggle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As our greatest generation pass on, it seems more of them are putting their stories down on paper before they die.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's harder for me to put it down on record because then it's clear and can be scrutinized.’
    • ‘Maybe if I put it down on paper, it'll make more sense to me.’
    • ‘Once a real plan is put down on paper, though, you can do real calculations and figure out whether it really works.’
    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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  • 2Suppress a rebellion, riot, or other disturbance by force.

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

    • ‘Their conditions were so bad, vets later had to put the animals down.’
    • ‘Her beloved dog had been put down only days earlier.’
    • ‘Healthy animals are put down because we simply can't find homes for them - and more and more come in everyday.’
    • ‘The animal was taken to a vet who decided to put it down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Animal Shelters are overcrowded and forced to put animals down due to lack of space.’
    • ‘The horse was put down after suffering a serious injury to a hind leg during the De Vere Gold Cup at Haydock on Saturday.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Decide things early, and put deposits down on things as soon as you can.’
    • ‘Maybe I will buy some new clothes and put a deposit down on a laptop computer.’
    • ‘If you've got the money, put a deposit down now - there's a two year waiting list!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘Not only do they grow large gardens and put food down for winter, but they work just as long hours at day jobs.’
    • ‘Maybe I should put a bottle of this down for three more years and then taste it.’
    • ‘I'd put the wine down for 4-5 years and drink it over the following 5 years.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cooper put the plane down in the desert which inflicted heavy damage.’
    • ‘If we had not seen the ship then, we would have put the aircraft down in the water.’
    • ‘So now we had to plan our landing and, after the runway opened, plan to put the aircraft down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With her two children on board and oil streaming over the windshield, Margie searched the mountains for a place to put the airplane down.’
    • ‘General Porter summoned every bit of his airmanship to put the craft back down safely on friendly territory - and he did.’