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verb [T + adv/prep] (MOVE)    /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
A1 to move something or someone into the stated place, position, or direction: Where have you put the keys? Put your clothes in the cupboard. He put salt into the sugar bowl by mistake. She put her bag on the table. She put her hands over her eyes. I put my arm round him to comfort him. We always put the cat out (= outside the house) at night. Every night, she puts out her clothes (= takes them from where they are kept so that they are ready) for the next day. If we put the chairs a bit closer together (= move them nearer to each other), we should be able to get another one round the table. If you put together (= mix) yellow and blue paint you get green. The prisoners were put up against (= moved into a position next to) a wall and shot.Placing and positioning an object Grammar:PutThe irregular verb put means ‘move something into a particular place’. The past simple form is put and the -ed form is put:See more
(Definition of put verb (MOVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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