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English definition of “put sb to sth”

put sb to sth

to cause someone to experience or do something: Your generosity puts me to shame . I've put the children to work clearing the snow from the path . I hope we're not putting you to any inconvenience .Causing things to happen Grammar:PutThe irregular verb put means ‘move something into a particular place’. The past simple form is put and the -ed form is put:
(Definition of put sb to sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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