Definition of "put" [put]

  • To place in a specified location; set: She put the books on the table. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be in a specified condition: His gracious manners put me at ease. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause (one) to undergo something; subject: The interrogators put the prisoner to torture. (verb-transitive)
  • To assign; attribute: They put a false interpretation on events. (verb-transitive)
  • To estimate: We put the time at five o'clock. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be (in a position or place) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cause to be (in a state, relation, etc) (verb)
  • To cause (a person) to experience the endurance or suffering (of) (verb)
  • To set or commit (to an action, task, or duty), esp by force (verb)
  • To render, transform, or translate (verb)
  • To set (words) in a musical form (esp in the phrase put to music) (verb)
  • To estimate (verb)
  • To utilize (for the purpose of) (verb)
  • To couple a female animal (with a male) for the purpose of breeding (verb)
  • To state; express (verb)
  • To set or make (an end or limit) (verb)
  • To present for consideration in anticipation of an answer or vote; propose (verb)
  • To invest (money) in; give (support) to (verb)
  • To impart (verb)
  • To throw or cast (verb)
  • A throw or cast, esp in putting the shot (noun)
  • An option to sell a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified limited period (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "put" in a sentence
  • "A royalist divine also, during the Protectorate, did not scruple to quibble in the following prayer, which he was accustomed to deliver: -- "O Lord, who hast put a sword into the hand of thy servant, Oliver, _put it into his heart_ ALSO -- to do according to thy word.""
  • "When for any reason it is necessary to put a small or weakly rooted plant or cutting, or a cutting that is just on the point of sending forth roots, in a pot that seems too large, _put it near the edge of the pot_, instead of in the middle."
  • "—Now, mamma, ” he went on, as he turned to Mme. Vauquer and put his arm round her waist, “put on your bonnet, your best flowered silk, and the countess’s scarf, while I go out to call a cab—all my own self."