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verb [T usually + adv/prep] (OPERATION)    /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
to bring into operation; to cause to be used: When the drugs failed to cure her, she put her faith/trust in herbal medicine. The school puts a lot of emphasis on teaching children to read and write. He's putting pressure on me to change my mind. The events of the last few weeks have put a real strain on him. In the story of Sleeping Beauty, the wicked fairy puts a spell/curse (US hex) on the baby princess. You know it was your fault, so don't try and put the blame on anyone else. The government is expected to put a new tax on cars. The new tax will put 15 percent on fuel prices (= increase them by 15 percent). She's never put a bet/money on a race before. He put everything he had into (= he used all his abilities and strength in) the final game. The more you put into something, the more you get out of it (= the harder you work at something, the more satisfying it is). They put (= invested) a lot of money into the family business. The president is trying to put through (= bring into operation) reforms of the country's economic system. They've got to put an end to/a stop to their fighting (= to stop fighting).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:See more
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