Pronunciation: (poot), [key]
v., put, put•ting,
adj., n.

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.

1. to go, move, or proceed: to put to sea.
2. begin to travel: to put for home.
3. to shoot out or grow, or send forth shoots or sprouts.
4. put about,
a. 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 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. criticize, esp. in a contemptuous manner; disparage; belittle.
g. 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. 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. 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. 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, 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. 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.

stay put, remain in the same position; refuse to move: The baby wouldn't stay put, and kept trying to climb out of the playpen.

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. 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).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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