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put sth before sb

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

(IMPORTANCE)

to give more attention to one thing than another because you think it is more important: I'd never put my work before my family.

(TELL)

to formally tell or explain facts or ideas to a group of people in authority: We have to put our proposal before the committee.
Translations of “put sth before sb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 重要, 把…看得比(某人)重要…
in Chinese (Simplified) 重要, 把…看得比(某人)重要…
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