Meaning of “put sth/sb down” in the English Dictionary

"put sth/sb down" in British English

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put sth/sb down

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


B1 to put an object that you are holding onto the floor or onto another surface, or to stop carrying someone:

I put my bags down while we spoke.
Put me down, Daddy!

More examples

  • Put the gun down!
  • They put down their tools and walked out.
  • I put the shopping down on the table.
  • You can put your cases down in the corner.
  • She put down the letter with a sigh.

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

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