Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “put”


verb (EXPRESS)    /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
C2 [T usually + adv/prep] to express something in words: She wanted to tell him that she didn't want to see him any more, but she didn't know how to put it. We're going to have to work very hard, but as Chris so succinctly put it, there's no gain without pain. Why do you always have to put things so crudely? Has everyone had a chance to put their point of view?Saying and utteringSaying again put a price/value/figure on sth to say what you think the price or value of something is: The agent has put a price of £120,000 on our house. You can't put a value on friendship (= say what it is worth).Assessing and estimating valueAnalysing and evaluating to put it bluntly, simply, mildly, etc. used to describe the way you are expressing an event or opinion: To put it bluntly, you're going to have to improve. He was annoyed, to put it mildly (= he was very annoyed).Ways of talking 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 (EXPRESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of put

Definitions of “put” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More