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Spanish translation of “put”


verb /put/ (present participle putting, past tense, past participle put)
to place in a certain position or situation 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 I’m trying to write a letter to her, but I don’t know what to put. to sail in a particular direction 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 something done to give a false appearance, in order to cheat or trick someone. put about to spread (news etc)
hacer correr
Someone had put a rumour about that the regional manager was going to visit the factory.
put across/over to convey or communicate (ideas etc) to others He’s very good at putting his ideas across. put aside to abandon (work etc) temporarily
dejar a un lado
She put aside her needlework.
to save or preserve for the future He tries to put aside a little money each month.
put away to return to its proper place, especially out of sight She put her clothes away in the drawer. put back 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 to save or preserve for the future I have put by some money for emergencies. put down 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 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 to write the name of (someone) on a list etc for a particular purpose You have been put down for the one hundred metresrace. put one’s feet up to take a rest She put her feet up and watched some television. put forth (of plants etc) to produce (leaves, shoots etc) The plant is beginning to put forth some shoots. put in 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 to apply for, or claim Are you putting in for that job? put off to switch off (a light etc) Please put the light off! to delay; to postpone 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) The cheese looked nice, but the smell put me off The conversation about illness put me off my dinner. put on 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) 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 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 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 to arrange (a deal, agreement etc) 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 to construct
reunir (las piezas), montar
The vase broke, but I managed to put it together again.
put up to raise (a hand etc) He put up his hand to ask a question. to build; to erect They’re putting up some new houses. to fix on a wall etc He put the poster up. to increase (a price etc) They’re putting up the fees again. to offer or show (resistance etc) 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 Can you put us up next Thursday night? put up to to persuade (a person) to do something Who put you up to writing that letter? put up with to bear patiently I cannot put up with all this noise.The job of the fire brigade is to put out (not put off) fires.
(Definition of put from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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