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English definition of “put sb down”

put sb down

verb uk phrasal verb with put   /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put) us  

(INSULT)

informal to make someone feel silly or not important by criticizing them: Why did you have to put me down in front of everybody like that?Insults and abuseTreating people or animals badlyDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

(LAY DOWN)

to place and make a baby comfortable in the place where it sleeps: I'd just put Jack down for his nap.Placing and positioning an objectSleep and sleeping
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