puts, putting
(The form put is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.)
1) VERB When you put something in a particular place or position, you move it into that place or position.

[V n prep/adv] Leaphorn put the photograph on the desk...

[V n prep/adv] She hesitated, then put her hand on Grace's arm...

[V n with adv] Mishka put down a heavy shopping bag.

2) VERB If you put someone somewhere, you cause them to go there and to stay there for a period of time.

[V n prep/adv] Rather than put him in the hospital, she had been caring for him at home...

[V n prep/adv] I'd put the children to bed.

3) VERB To put someone or something in a particular state or situation means to cause them to be in that state or situation.

[V n prep/adv] This is going to put them out of business...

[V n prep/adv] He was putting himself at risk...

[V n prep/adv] My doctor put me in touch with a psychiatrist...

[V n prep/adv] The British people put us back in power.

4) VERB To put something on people or things means to cause them to have it, or to cause them to be affected by it.

[V n on n] The ruling will put extra pressure on health authorities to change working practices and shorten hours...

[V n on n] Be aware of the terrible strain it can put on a child when you expect the best reports...

[V n on n] They will also force schools to put more emphasis on teaching basic subjects.

5) VERB If you put your trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something, you trust them or have faith or confidence in them.

[V n in n] He had decided long ago that he would put his trust in socialism when the time came...

[V n in n] How much faith should we put in anti-ageing products?

6) VERB If you put time, strength, or energy into an activity, you use it in doing that activity.

[V n into n/-ing] We're not saying that activists should put all their effort and time into party politics...

[V n into n/-ing] Eleanor did not put much energy into the discussion.

7) VERB If you put money into a business or project, you invest money in it.

[V n into n] Investors should consider putting some money into an annuity...

[V n into n] Put $10,000 into this investment and in 10 years, you'll have almost $18,000.

8) VERB When you put an idea or remark in a particular way, you express it in that way. You can use expressions like to put it simply and to put it bluntly before saying something when you want to explain how you are going to express it.

[V it adv/prep] I had already met Pete a couple of times through - how should I put it - friends in low places...

[V it adv/prep] He doesn't, to put it very bluntly, give a damn about the woman or the baby...

[V it adv/prep] If I was auditioning for a vocalist, let me put it this way, he wouldn't get to sing in my band...

[V it] He admitted the security forces might have made some mistakes, as he put it...

[V n into n] You can't put that sort of fear into words.

9) VERB When you put a question to someone, you ask them the question.

[V n to n] Is this fair? Well, I put that question today to Deputy Counsel Craig Gillen...

[V n adv] He thinks that some workers may be afraid to put questions publicly.

10) VERB If you put a case, opinion, or proposal, you explain it and list the reasons why you support or believe it.

[V n] He always put his point of view with clarity and with courage...

[V n to n] He put the case to the Saudi Foreign Minister...

[V n to n] He sat there listening as we put suggestions to him.

11) VERB If you put something at a particular value or in a particular category, you consider that it has that value or that it belongs in that category.

[V n at amount] I would put her age at about 50 or so...

[V n on n] All the more technically advanced countries put a high value on science...

[V n into n] It is not easy to put the guilty and innocent into clear-cut categories. [Also V n adj-compar]

12) VERB If you put written information somewhere, you write, type, or print it there.

[V n prep/adv] Mary's family were so pleased that they put an announcement in the local paper to thank them...

[V n prep/adv] I think what I put in that book is now pretty much the agenda for this country...

[V n] He crossed out `Screenplay' and put `Written by' instead.

13) PHRASE: V inflects If someone puts one over on you, they make you do or believe something by telling you things that are not true. [INFORMAL]

He considered himself a crafty man - a man would have to get up very early in the morning to put one over on Alf Tandy.

get the better of
14) PHRASE: V inflects If you put it to someone that something is true, you suggest that it is true, especially when you think that they will be unwilling to admit this.

But I put it to you that they're useless...

I put this to Kenyon. `Absolutely untrue,' he said.

15) PHRASE: n PHR If you say that something is bigger or better than several other things put together, you mean that it is bigger or has more good qualities than all of those other things if they are added together.

London has more pubs and clubs than the rest of the country put together.

16) PHRASE (formulae) You say `Put it there!' to someone when you are asking them to shake hands with you, because you agree with them or want to congratulate them. [INFORMAL]

Put it there, Pal, put it there!

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