put Definition

  • 1to move something to a particular place or position
  • 2to cause something to be in a particular condition or state
  • 3to express something in words

Using put: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "put" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Can you put the book on the shelf?

  • Example

    She put her phone on silent mode.

  • Example

    He put on his coat and left the house.

  • Example

    I don't know how to put it into words.

  • Example

    The company put out a statement regarding the incident.

put Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for put

Idioms Using put

  • put your foot in it

    to say or do something that offends or upsets someone


    I really put my foot in it when I asked her about her ex-boyfriend.

  • to concentrate and think hard in order to solve a problem


    We need to come up with a solution to this issue, so put your thinking cap on.

  • to risk everything on a single venture or investment


    I wouldn't put all your eggs in one basket by investing all your money in one stock.

Phrases with put

  • put up with

    to tolerate or endure something unpleasant


    I can't put up with his constant complaining anymore.

  • to cause someone to feel dislike or lose interest in something


    The bad weather put us off going to the beach.

  • to postpone or delay something


    We decided to put off the meeting until next week.

Origins of put

from Old English 'putian', meaning 'to thrust, push'


Summary: put in Brief

The verb 'put' [pʊt] means to move something to a specific location or state, such as 'Can you put the book on the shelf?' It can also mean to express something in words, as in 'I don't know how to put it into words.' The phrase 'put up with' means to tolerate something unpleasant, while 'put something off' means to delay something. Idioms include 'put your foot in it,' meaning to say or do something offensive, and 'put all your eggs in one basket,' meaning to risk everything on a single venture.

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