put verb (MOVE)
Where have you put the keys?
Every night, she puts out her clothes (= takes them from where they are kept so that they are ready) for the next day.
If we put the chairs a little closer together (= move them nearer to each other), we should be able to get another one around the table.
- I've put the beer in the fridge to chill.
- Why don't we put the bed against the wall?
- Aha, that's where I put my keys!
- Throw your gun down and put your hands in the air.
- I emptied the closet and put my belongings into the black overnight case.
put verb (WRITE)
A2 [ T + adv/prep ] to write something:
- Put your name at the top of each sheet.
- I put something about my previous work experience.
- This is where you have to put your family details.
- Put the address in the top, right-hand corner.
- She put that she wanted to work in the media.
put verb (EXPRESS)
We're going to have to work very hard, but as Chris so succinctly put it, there's no gain without pain.
Why do you always have to put things so crudely?
put a price/value/figure on sth
to put it bluntly, simply, mildly, etc.
- To put it simply - I think she's wrong.
- "What's her new boyfriend like?" "Well, how shall I put it? He's unusual."
- You really should try to put things a bit more tactfully - you've upset her now.
- This sentence is rather confusing - how can we put it a bit more clearly?
- On yesterday's programme, we heard the actor put his views on media harassment very forcefully.
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put verb (CONDITION)
The terrorists were put on trial (= their case was judged in a court of law) six years after the bombing.
I originally thought he was Australian, but he soon put me straight (= corrected me) and explained he was from New Zealand.
- That walk has put some colour in your cheeks.
- If you can't control your dog, put it on a lead!
- My doctor's put me on a course of antibiotics.
- The doctor put me on a low-salt diet to reduce my blood pressure.
- We put up our tents and made a small fire.
put verb (OPERATION)
The more you put into something, the more you get out of it (= the harder you work at something, the more satisfying it is).
The president is trying to put through (= bring into operation) reforms of the country's economic system.
- The latest education reforms have put extra pressure on teachers.
- Johnson was influential in persuading the producers to put money into the film.
- Their constant arguments were putting a strain on their marriage.
- She tried to cure the pain in my knee by putting manual pressure on the joint.
- You must try to put a curb on your spending habits.