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put

verb
 
 
/pʊt/ (putting, put, put)
[T] to move something into a particular place: Can you put the file on my desk when you've finished with it, please? We put the money in the safe at the end of each day.
[T] to write down or record information: Put your full name at the top of the form. It's a good report, but you haven't put in anything about the costs. You can save a lot of time and effort by putting your accounts on a computer.
[T] to express something in words: I hate these designs, but I don't know how to put it in a tactful way. We're going to have to work very hard, but as Chris so succinctly put it, there's no gain without pain.
[T] to cause someone or something to be in a particular condition or situation: put sb in a difficult/awkward/embarrassing, etc. position This puts me in a very difficult position.put sth into effect/practice Let's give her the chance to put her ideas into practice. I don't know what the problem is, but we have two days to put it right.put sb under pressure/strain/stress He put me under pressure to change my mind.put sb out of business/work/a job Unemployment benefits for those put out of work have been extended for six months.
[T] to officially begin using something: The government is expected to put a new tax on cars. The government put through a law requiring equal access to buildings for disabled people.
[T] to judge something or someone in comparison with other similar things or people: put sb/sth among sb/sth His four-year deal put him among the country's highest earners.put sb/sth first/tenth/50th, etc. Washington's quarterly rate of one foreclosure for every 436 households put it 21st among states.
put a price/value/figure on sth to say what you think the price or value of something is: They've put a price of €2 million on the factory.
to put it bluntly/simply/briefly, etc. to express something in a particular way: To put it bluntly, you're going to have to improve.
(Definition of put verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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