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English definition of “put sth in/put sth into sth”

put sth in/put sth into sth

verb uk phrasal verb with put   /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put) us  
to spend a lot of time or effort doing something: You've obviously put a lot of work in on your garden. If I put in some extra hours (= spend some extra hours working) today, I can have some time off tomorrow. We've put a lot of time and effort into making the house look nice.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort
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