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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)

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.

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."