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English definition of “put”

put

verb [T] (CONDITION)   /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
to cause something to be in the stated condition or situation: Are you prepared to put your children at risk? This puts me in a very difficult position. What put you in such a bad mood?
(Definition of put verb (CONDITION) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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