Translation of "put" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /pʊt/ us /pʊt/ present participle putting, past tense and past participle put

A1 to move something to a place or position

poner, colocar
Where did you put the keys?
She put her bag on the floor.
He put his arm around her.

A2 to write something

Please put your name on the list.
I put the date of the party on my calendar.

to cause someone or something to be in a particular condition or situation

poner, colocar
This puts me in a very difficult position.

(Translation of “put” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /put/ (present participle putting, past tense, past participle put)

to place in a certain position or situation

poner, colocar
He put the plate in the cupboard
Did you put any sugar in my coffee?
He put his arm round her
I’m putting a new lock on the door
You’re putting too much strain on that rope
When did the Russians first put a man into space?
You’ve put me in a bad temper
Can you put (=translate) this sentence into French?

to submit or present (a proposal, question etc)

I put several questions to him
She put her ideas before the committee.

to express in words

He put his refusal very politely
Children sometimes have such a funny way of putting things!

to write down

poner; escribir
I’m trying to write a letter to her, but I don’t know what to put.

to sail in a particular direction

echar al mar
We put out to sea
The ship put into harbour for repairs.
put-on adjective

pretended; not genuine

a put-on foreign accent
Her accent sounded put-on.
a put-up job noun

something done to give a false appearance, in order to cheat or trick someone.

montaje, chanchullo
put about phrasal verb

to spread (news etc)

hacer correr
Someone had put a rumour about that the regional manager was going to visit the factory.
put across phrasal verb ( put over)

to convey or communicate (ideas etc) to others

He’s very good at putting his ideas across.
put aside phrasal verb

to abandon (work etc) temporarily

dejar a un lado
She put aside her needlework.

to save or preserve for the future

reservar, guardar, apartar
He tries to put aside a little money each month.
put away phrasal verb

to return to its proper place, especially out of sight

poner en su sitio, guardar
She put her clothes away in the drawer.
put back phrasal verb

to return to its proper place

volver a poner (en su sitio), volver a guardar (en su sitio)
Did you put my keys back?
put by phrasal verb

to save or preserve for the future

ahorrar, guardar
I have put by some money for emergencies.
put down phrasal verb

to lower

The teacher asked the pupil to put his hand down.

to place on the floor or other surface, out of one’s hands

dejar, soltar
Put that knife down immediately!

to subdue (a rebellion etc)

The revolt was swiftly put down by government troops.

to kill (an animal) painlessly when it is old or very ill

The dog was so ill that it had to be put down.
put down for phrasal verb

to write the name of (someone) on a list etc for a particular purpose

apuntar, inscribir
You have been put down for the one hundred metres’ race.
put one’s feet up

to take a rest

descansar un poco
She put her feet up and watched some television.
put forth phrasal verb

(of plants etc ) to produce (leaves, shoots etc)

The plant is beginning to put forth some shoots.
put in phrasal verb

to insert or install

We’re having a new shower put in.

to do (a certain amount of work etc)

He put in an hour’s training today.
put in for phrasal verb

to apply for, or claim

pedir, solicitar
Are you putting in for that job?
put off phrasal verb

to switch off (a light etc)

Please put the light off!

to delay; to postpone

aplazar, posponer
He put off leaving / his departure till Thursday.

to cancel an arranged meeting etc with (a person)

I had to put the Browns off because I had ’flu.

to cause (a person) to feel disgust or dislike (for)

repugnar, dar asco
The cheese looked nice, but the smell put me off
The conversation about illness put me off my dinner.
put on phrasal verb

to switch on (a light etc)

Put the light on!

to dress oneself in

Which shoes are you going to put on?

to add or increase

aumentar; (weight) engordar
The car put on speed
I’ve put on weight.

to present or produce (a play etc)

dar, echar; presentar
They’re putting on ’Hamlet’ next week.

to provide (eg transport)

They always put on extra buses between 8.00 and 9.00 a.m.

to make a false show of; to pretend

She said she felt ill, but she was just putting it on.

to bet (money) on

apostar por
I’ve put a pound on that horse to win.
put out phrasal verb

to extend (a hand etc)

tender (la mano a alguien)
He put out his hand to steady her.

(of plants etc ) to produce (shoots, leaves etc).


to extinguish (a fire, light etc)

The fire brigade soon put out the fire.

to issue, give out

emitir, lanzar
They put out a distress call.

to cause bother or trouble to

molestarse (por)
Don’t put yourself out for my sake!

to annoy

I was put out by his decision.
put through phrasal verb

to arrange (a deal, agreement etc)

cerrar, despachar; llevar a cabo
We’re doing all we can to put the deal through.

to connect by telephone

I’m trying to put you through (to London).
put together phrasal verb

to construct

reunir (las piezas), montar
The vase broke, but I managed to put it together again.
put up phrasal verb

to raise (a hand etc)

He put up his hand to ask a question.

to build; to erect

levantar, construir
They’re putting up some new houses.

to fix on a wall etc

colgar, fijar
He put the poster up.

to increase (a price etc)

They’re putting up the fees again.

to offer or show (resistance etc)

ofrecer (resistencia), defenderse
He’s putting up a brave fight.

to provide (money) for a purpose

He promised to put up the money for the scheme.

to provide a bed etc for (a person) in one’s home

alojar, hospedar
Can you put us up next Thursday night?
put up to phrasal verb

to persuade (a person) to do something

empujar, incitar
Who put you up to writing that letter?
put up with phrasal verb

to bear patiently

soportar, aguantar
I cannot put up with all this noise.
The job of the fire brigade is to put out (not put off) fires.

(Translation of “put” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)