Pronunciation: (poot),[key] —v.,put, put•ting, —adj., n.
—v.t. 1. to move or place (anything) so as to get it into or out of a specific location or position: to put a book on the shelf. 2. to bring into some relation, state, etc.: to put everything in order. 3. to place in the charge or power of a person, institution, etc.: to put a child in a special school. 4. to subject to the endurance or suffering of something: to put convicted spies to death. 5. to set to a duty, task, action, etc.: I put him to work setting the table. 6. to force or drive to some course or action: to put an army to flight. 7. to render or translate, as into another language: He put the novel into French. 8. to provide (words) with music as accompaniment; set: to put a poem to music. 9. to assign or attribute: You put a political interpretation on everything. 10. to set at a particular place, point, amount, etc., in a scale of estimation: I'd put the distance at five miles. 11. to bet or wager: to put two dollars on a horse. 12. to express or state: To put it mildly, I don't understand. 13. to apply, as to a use or purpose: to put one's knowledge to practical use. 14. to set, give, or make: to put an end to an ancient custom. 15. to propose or submit for answer, consideration, deliberation, etc.: to put a question before a committee. 16. to impose, as a burden, charge, or the like: to put a tax on luxury articles. 17. to invest (often fol. by in or into): to put one's money in real estate; to put one's savings into securities. 18. to lay the blame of (usually fol. by on, to, etc.): He put my failure to lack of experience. 19. to throw or cast, esp. with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder: to put the shot.
—v.i. 1. to go, move, or proceed: to put to sea. 2. Informal.to begin to travel: to put for home. 3. to shoot out or grow, or send forth shoots or sprouts.
4. put about, a. Naut.to change direction, as on a course.
b. to start (a rumor); circulate.
c. to inconvenience; trouble.
d. to disturb; worry.
e. to turn in a different direction.
5. put across, a. to cause to be understood or received favorably: She put across her new idea. He puts himself across well. b. to do successfully; accomplish: to put a project across. c. to be successful in (a form of deception): It was obviously a lie, but he put it across. 6. put aside or by, a. to store up; save.
b. Also,set aside.to put out of the way; place to one side: Put aside your books and come for a walk. 7. put away, a. to put in the designated place for storage: Put away the groceries as soon as you get home. b. to save, esp. for later use: to put away a few dollars each week. c. to discard: Put away those childish notions. d. to drink or eat, esp. in a large quantity; finish off: to put away a hearty supper after jogging. e. to confine in a jail or a mental institution: He was put away for four years. f. to put to death by humane means: The dog was so badly injured that the veterinarian had to put it away. 8. put down, a. to write down; register; record.
b. to enter in a list, as of subscribers or contributors: Put me down for a $10 donation. c. to suppress; check; squelch: to put down a rebellion. d. to attribute; ascribe: We put your mistakes down to nervousness. e. to regard or categorize: He was put down as a chronic complainer. f. Informal.to criticize, esp. in a contemptuous manner; disparage; belittle.
g. Informal.to humble, humiliate, or embarrass.
h. to pay as a deposit.
i. to store for future use: to put down a case of wine. j. to dig or sink, as a well.
k. Brit.to put (an animal) to death; put away.
l. to land an aircraft or in an aircraft: We put down at Orly after six hours. 9. put forth, a. to bring out; bear; grow: The trees are putting forth new green shoots. b. to propose; present: No one has put forth a workable solution. c. to bring to public notice; publish: A new interpretation of the doctrine has been put forth. d. to exert; exercise: We will have to put forth our best efforts to win. e. to set out; depart: Dark clouds threatened as we put forth from the shore. 10. put forward, a. to propose; advance: I hesitated to put forward my plan. b. to nominate, promote, or support, as for a position: We put him forward for treasurer. 11. put in, a. Also,put into.Naut.to enter a port or harbor, esp. for shelter, repairs, or provisions.
b. to interpose; intervene.
c. to spend (time) as indicated.
12. put in for, to apply for or request (something): I put in for a transfer to another department. 13. put it to,Slang. a. to overburden with work, blame, etc.: They really put it to him in officer-training school. b. to take advantage of; cheat: That used car dealer put it to me good. 14. put off, a. to postpone; defer.
b. to confuse or perturb; disconcert; repel: We were put off by the book's abusive tone. c. to get rid of by delay or evasion.
d. to lay aside; take off.
e. to start out, as on a voyage.
f. to launch (a boat) from shore or from another vessel: They began to put off the lifeboats as the fire spread. 15. put on, a. to clothe oneself with (an article of clothing).
b. to assume insincerely or falsely; pretend.
c. to assume; adopt.
d. to inflict; impose.
e. to cause to be performed; produce; stage.
f. Informal.to tease (a person), esp. by pretending the truth of something that is untrue: You can't be serious --you're putting me on, aren't you? g. to act in a pretentious or ostentatious manner; exaggerate: All that putting on didn't impress anyone. 16. put oneself out, to take pains; go to trouble or expense: She has certainly put herself out to see that everyone is comfortable. 17. put out, a. to extinguish, as a fire.
b. to confuse; embarrass.
c. to be vexed or annoyed: He was put out when I missed our appointment. d. to subject to inconvenience.
e. Baseball,Softball,Cricket.to cause to be removed from an opportunity to reach base or score; retire.
f. to publish.
g. to go out to sea.
h. to manufacture; prepare; produce.
i. to exert; apply: They were putting out their best efforts. j. Slang(vulgar). (of a woman) to engage in coitus.
18. put over, a. to succeed in; accomplish: It will take an exceptional administrator to put over this reorganization. b. to postpone; defer: Discussion of this point will be put over until new evidence is introduced. 19. put something over on, to take advantage of; deceive: He suspected that his friend had put something over on him, but he had no proof. 20. put through, a. to complete successfully; execute: He was not able to put through his project. b. to bring about; effect: The proposed revisions have not as yet been put through. c. to make a telephone connection for: Put me through to Los Angeles. d. to make (a telephone connection): Put a call through to Hong Kong. e. to cause to undergo or endure: She's been put through a lot the past year. 21. put to it, to be confronted with a problem; have difficulty: We were put to it to find the missing notebook. 22. put up, a. to construct; erect.
b. to can (vegetables, fruits, etc.); preserve (jam, jelly, etc.).
c. to set or arrange (the hair).
d. to provide (money); contribute.
e. to accommodate; lodge.
f. to display; show.
g. to stake (money) to support a wager.
h. to propose as a candidate; nominate: Someone is going to put him up for president. i. to offer, esp. for public sale.
j. Archaic.to sheathe one's sword; stop fighting.
23. put upon, to take unfair advantage of; impose upon: Some of the employees felt put upon when they were asked to work late. 24. put up to, to provoke; prompt; incite: Someone put him up to calling us. 25. put up with, to endure; tolerate; bear: I couldn't put up with the noise any longer.
—adj. stay put,Informal.to remain in the same position; refuse to move: The baby wouldn't stay put, and kept trying to climb out of the playpen.
—n. 1. a throw or cast, esp. one made with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder.
2. Also called put option.Finance.an option that gives the right to sell a fixed amount of a particular stock at a predetermined price within a given time, purchased by a person who expects the stock to decline. Cf. call (def. 65).