Meaning of “put sth in/put sth into sth” in the English Dictionary

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"put sth in/put sth into sth" in British English

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put sth in/put sth into sth

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

to spend a lot of time or effort doing something:

You've obviously put a lot of work in on your garden.
If I put in some extra hours (= spend some extra hours working) today, I can have some time off tomorrow.
We've put a lot of time and effort into making the house look nice.

More examples

  • You'll have to put more effort in if you want to improve.
  • We've all put a lot of time into this project and we want it to succeed.

(Definition of “put sth in/put sth into sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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