[poo t] /pʊt/
verb (used with object), put, putting.
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.
to bring into some relation, state, etc.:
to put everything in order.
to place in the charge or power of a person, institution, etc.:
to put a child in a special school.
to subject to the endurance or suffering of something:
to put convicted spies to death.
to set to a duty, task, action, etc.:
I put him to work setting the table.
to force or drive to some course or action:
to put an army to flight.
to render or translate, as into another language:
He put the novel into French.
to provide (words) with music as accompaniment; set:
to put a poem to music.
to assign or attribute:
You put a political interpretation on everything.
to set at a particular place, point, amount, etc., in a scale of estimation:
I’d put the distance at five miles.
to bet or wager:
to put two dollars on a horse.
to express or state:
To put it mildly, I don’t understand.
to apply, as to a use or purpose:
to put one’s knowledge to practical use.
to set, give, or make:
to put an end to an ancient custom.
to propose or submit for answer, consideration, deliberation, etc.:
to put a question before a committee.
to impose, as a burden, charge, or the like:
to put a tax on luxury articles.
to invest (often followed by in or into):
to put one’s money in real estate; to put one’s savings into securities.
to lay the blame of (usually followed by on, to, etc.):
He put my failure to lack of experience.
to throw or cast, especially with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder:
to put the shot.
verb (used without object), put, putting.
to go, move, or proceed:
to put to sea.
Informal. to begin to travel:
to put for home.
to shoot out or grow, or send forth shoots or sprouts.
a throw or cast, especially one made with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder.
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.
Compare (def 52).
put in for, to apply for or request (something):
I put in for a transfer to another department.
put upon, to take unfair advantage of; impose upon:
Some of the employees felt put upon when they were asked to work late.
put up to, to provoke; prompt; incite:
Someone put him up to calling us.
put up with, to endure; tolerate; bear:
I couldn’t put up with the noise any longer.
put it to, Slang.
put oneself out, to take pains; go to trouble or expense:
She has certainly put herself out to see that everyone is comfortable.
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.
put to it, to be confronted with a problem; have difficulty:
We were put to it to find the missing notebook.
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.
verb (mainly transitive) puts, putting, put
to cause to be (in a position or place): to put a book on the table
to cause to be (in a state, relation, etc): to put one’s things in order
(foll by to) to cause (a person) to experience the endurance or suffering (of): to put to death, to put to the sword
to set or commit (to an action, task, or duty), esp by force: he put him to work
to render, transform, or translate: to put into English
to set (words) in a musical form (esp in the phrase put to music)
(foll by at) to estimate: he put the distance at fifty miles
(foll by to) to utilize (for the purpose of): he put his knowledge to good use
(foll by to) to couple a female animal (with a male) for the purpose of breeding: the farmer put his heifer to the bull
to state; express: to put it bluntly
to set or make (an end or limit): he put an end to the proceedings
to present for consideration in anticipation of an answer or vote; propose: he put the question to the committee, I put it to you that one day you will all die
to invest (money) in; give (support) to: he put five thousand pounds into the project
to impart: to put zest into a party
to throw or cast
not know where to put oneself, to feel awkward or embarrassed
put paid to, to destroy irrevocably and utterly: the manager’s disfavour put paid to their hopes for promotion
stay put, to refuse to leave; keep one’s position
a throw or cast, esp in putting the shot
(stock exchange) Also called put option. an option to sell a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified limited period Compare call (sense 58)
late Old English *putian, implied in putung “instigation, an urging,” literally “a putting;” related to pytan “put out, thrust out” (of eyes), probably from a Germanic stem that also produced Danish putte “to put,” Swedish dialectal putta; Middle Dutch pote “scion, plant,” Dutch poten “to plant,” Old Norse pota “to poke.”
Meaning “act of casting a heavy stone overhead” (as a trial of strength) is attested from c.1300. Obsolete past tense form putted is attested 14c.-15c. To put down “end by force or authority” (a rebellion, etc.) is from c.1300. Adjective phrase put out “angry, upset” is first recorded 1887; to put out, of a woman, “to offer oneself for sex” is from 1947. To put upon (someone) “play a trick on, impose on” is from 1690s. To put up with “tolerate, accept” (1755) was originally to put up, as in “to pocket.” To put (someone) on “deceive” is from 1958.
c.1300, “act of throwing a weight overhand as a test of strength,” from put (v.). General meaning “act of putting” is from early 15c. Also cf. putt (n.).
To proffer or do the sex act; lay: With men buyers, you get them put and you can sell them the Brooklyn Bridge
know what one can do with something, tell someone what to do with something
[1930s+; a shortening of put out]
- Put our heads together
Also, put their heads together. Discuss or plan something among ourselves (or themselves), as in Let’s put our heads together and figure out what we can give him for his birthday. This idiom, alluding to combining mental forces, originated in the late 1300s as lay our heads together and acquired its current form in the […]
[poo t-out] /ˈpʊtˌaʊt/ noun, Baseball. 1. an instance of putting out a batter or base runner. noun An out, other than a strikeout (Baseball) adjective Angry; upset; offended: I know you will be put out at my not writing (1887+)
[poo t-out] /ˈpʊtˌaʊt/ noun, Baseball. 1. an instance of putting out a batter or base runner. adjective Angry; upset; offended: I know you will be put out at my not writing (1887+)
- Put out feelers
Discreetly try to learn something, as in They put out feelers to see if anyone was interested in buying the company. This idiom alludes to an animal’s feelers, such as antennae or tentacles, used to find food. [ First half of 1800s ]