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v. put, put·ting, puts
1. To place in a specified location; set: She put the books on the table.
2. To cause to be in a specified condition: His gracious manners put me at ease.
3. To cause (one) to undergo something; subject: The interrogators put the prisoner to torture.
4. To assign; attribute: They put a false interpretation on events.
5. To estimate: We put the time at five o'clock.
6. To impose or levy: The governor has put a tax on cigarettes.
7. Games To wager (a stake); bet: put $50 on a horse.
8. Sports To hurl with an overhand pushing motion: put the shot.
9. To bring up for consideration or judgment: put a question to the judge.
10. To express; state: I put my objections bluntly.
11. To render in a specified language or literary form: put prose into verse.
12. To adapt: The lyrics had been put to music.
13. To urge or force to an action: a mob that put the thief to flight.
14. To apply: We must put our minds to it.
15. To force the purchase of (a stock or commodity) by exercising a put option.
Nautical To proceed: The ship put into the harbor.
1. Sports An act of putting the shot.
2. An option to sell a stipulated amount of stock or securities within a specified time and at a fixed price.
Fixed; stationary: stay put.
Phrasal Verbs:
put about Nautical
To change or cause to change direction; go or cause to go from one tack to another.
put across
1. To state so as to be understood clearly or accepted readily: put her views across during the hearing.
2. To attain or carry through by deceit or trickery.
put aside
1. To stop using, working on, or considering until later: We put aside the idea until the next meeting.
2. To disregard; forget about: Why not put aside your grudge?
put away
1. To renounce; discard: put all negative thoughts away.
2. Informal To consume (food or drink) readily and quickly: put away the dinner in just a few minutes.
3. Informal To confine to a prison or mental health facility.
a. Informal To kill: The injured cat was put away.
b. To bury.
put by
To save for later use: "Some crops were so abundant they could even be put by" (Carole Lalli).
put down
a. To write down.
b. To enter in a list.
a. To bring to an end; repress: put down a rebellion.
b. To render ineffective: put down rumors.
3. To subject (an animal) to euthanasia.
4. Informal
a. To criticize: put me down for failing the course.
b. To belittle; disparage: put down their knowledge of literature.
c. To humiliate: "Many status games seem designed to put down others" (Alvin F. Poussaint).
a. To assign to a category: Just put him down as a sneak.
b. To attribute: Let's put this disaster down to inexperience.
6. To consume (food or drink) readily; put away: puts down three big meals a day.
put forth
1. To grow: Plants put forth new growth in the spring.
2. To bring to bear; exert: At least put forth a semblance of effort when you scrub the floor.
3. To offer for consideration: put forth an idea.
put forward
To propose for consideration: put forward a new plan.
put in
1. To make a formal offer of: put in a plea of guilty.
2. To introduce, as in conversation; interpose: He put in a good word for me.
3. To spend (time) at a location or job: I put in eight hours at the office.
4. To plant: We put in 20 rows of pine trees.
5. To make (a telephone call): I put in a call to the school principal.
6. To apply: put in for early retirement.
7. Nautical
a. To enter a port or harbor: The freighter puts in at noon.
b. To launch a small boat: The kayakers put in below the dam.
put off
a. To delay; postpone: put off paying the bills.
b. To persuade to delay further action: managed to put off the creditors for another week.
2. To take off; discard: put off a sweater.
3. To repel or repulse, as from bad manners: His indifferent attitude has put us off.
4. To pass (money) or sell (merchandise) fraudulently.
put on
1. To clothe oneself with; don: put on a coat; put socks on.
2. To apply; activate: put on the brakes.
3. To assume affectedly: put on an English accent.
4. Slang To tease or mislead (another): You're putting me on!
5. To add: put on weight.
6. To produce; perform: put on a variety show.
put out
1. To extinguish: put out a fire.
2. Nautical To leave, as a port or harbor; depart.
3. To expel: put out a drunk from the bar.
4. To publish: put out a weekly newsletter.
a. To inconvenience: Did our early arrival put you out?
b. To offend or irritate: I was put out by his attention to the television set.
6. To make an effort: We've really had to put out to get this project finished.
7. Baseball To cause (a batter or base runner) to be ruled out.
8. Vulgar Slang To be willing to engage in casual sexual activity; be sexually available.
put over
1. To postpone; delay.
2. To put across, especially to deceive: tried to put a lie over, but to no avail.
put through
1. To bring to a successful end: put the project through on time; put through a number of new laws.
2. To cause to undergo: He put me through a lot of trouble.
a. To make a telephone connection for: The operator put me through on the office line.
b. To obtain a connection for (a telephone call).
put to Nautical
To head for shore.
put together
To construct; create: put together a new bookcase; put together a tax package.
put up
1. To erect; build.
2. To preserve; can: put up six jars of jam.
3. To nominate: put up a candidate at a convention.
4. To provide (funds) in advance: put up money for the new musical.
5. To provide lodgings for: put a friend up for the night.
6. Sports To startle (game animals) from cover: put up grouse.
7. To offer for sale: put up his antiques.
a. To make a display or the appearance of: put up a bluff.
b. To engage in; carry on: put up a good fight.
put upon
To impose on; overburden: He was always being put upon by his friends.
put an end/a halt/a stop to
To bring to an end; terminate.
put down roots
To establish a permanent residence in a locale.
put in an appearance
To attend a social engagement, especially for a short time.
put it to (someone) Slang
1. To overburden with tasks or work.
2. To put blame on.
3. To take unfair advantage of.
4. To lay out the facts of a situation to (another) in a forceful candid manner.
5. To defeat soundly; trounce.
put (one) in mind
To remind: You put me in mind of your grandmother.
put (oneself) out
To make a considerable effort; go to trouble or expense.
put (one's) finger on
To identify: I can't put my finger on the person in that photograph.
put (one's) foot down
To take a firm stand.
put (one's) foot in (one's) mouth
To make a tactless remark.
put paid to Chiefly British
To finish off; put to rest: "We've given up saying we only kill to eat; Kraft dinner and freeze-dried food have put paid to that one" (Margaret Atwood).
put (someone) in (someone's) place
To lower the dignity of (someone); humble.
put (someone) through (someone's) paces
To cause to demonstrate ability or skill; test: The drama coach put her students through their paces before the first performance.
put (someone) up to
To cause to commit a funny, mischievous, or malicious act: My older brother put me up to making a prank telephone call.
put something over on
To deceive, cheat, or trick.
put the arm/bite/squeeze on Slang
To ask another for money.
put the finger on Slang
To inform on: The witness put the finger on the killer.
put the lie to
To show to be false or inaccurate.
put the make/moves on Slang
To make sexual advances to.
put the screws to/on Slang
To pressure (another) in an extreme manner.
put the skids on Slang
To bring to a halt: "Sacrificing free speech to put the skids on prurient printed matter is not the correct path, the courts said" (Curtis J. Sitomer).
put to bed Informal
1. To make final preparations for the printing of (a newspaper, for example).
2. To make final preparations for completing (a project).
put to it
To cause extreme difficulty for: We were put to it to finish the book on time.
put to sleep
1. To make weary; bore.
2. To subject to euthanasia.
3. To subject to general anesthesia.
put two and two together
To draw the proper conclusions from existing evidence or indications.
put up or shut up Slang
To have to endure an unpleasant situation or take action to remedy it.
put up with
To endure without complaint: We had to put up with the inconvenience.

[Middle English putten, back-formation from Old English *pūtte, past tense of pȳtan, to put out.]

put off

1. (tr, adverb) to postpone or delay: they have put off the dance until tomorrow.
2. (tr, adverb) to evade (a person) by postponement or delay: they tried to put him off, but he came anyway.
3. (tr, adverb) to confuse; disconcert: he was put off by her appearance.
4. (tr, preposition) to cause to lose interest in or enjoyment of: the accident put him off driving.
5. (Nautical Terms) (intr, adverb) nautical to be launched off from shore or from a ship: we put off in the lifeboat towards the ship.
6. (Clothing & Fashion) (tr, adverb) archaic to remove (clothes)
chiefly US a pretext or delay


cancelpostponeput off
1. 'delay'

If you delay doing something, you do it at a later time.

The government delayed granting passports to them until a week before their departure.
Try and persuade them to delay some of the changes.

If a plane, train, ship, or bus is delayed, it is prevented from leaving or arriving on time.

The coach was delayed for about five hours.
The flight has been delayed one hour, due to weather conditions.
2. 'cancel'

If you cancel something that was arranged, you decide officially that it will not take place.

The Russian foreign minister has cancelled his trip to Washington.
Over 80 flights were cancelled because of bad weather.
3. 'postpone' and 'put off'

If you postpone or put off an event, you arrange for it to take place at a later time than was originally planned. Postpone is more formal than put off.

The crew did not know that the invasion had been postponed.
This is not a decision that can be put off much longer.
The Association has put the event off until October.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.put off - hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
call - stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"
hold - stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
suspend - render temporarily ineffective; "the prison sentence was suspended"
probate - put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
reprieve, respite - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
2.put off - cause to feel intense dislike or distasteput off - cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
repel, repulse - be repellent to; cause aversion in
3.put off - take away the enthusiasm of
discourage - deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
4.put off - cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, bedevil, fuddle, throw - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
fluster - cause to be nervous or upset
bother - make confused or perplexed or puzzled
distract, deflect - draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
abash, embarrass - cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
5.put off - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
beg - dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted; "beg the question"; "beg the point in the discussion"
quibble - evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"


1. To deposit in a specified place:
2. To calculate approximately:
3. To establish and apply as compulsory:
4. To put up as a stake in a game or speculation:
Informal: go.
5. To seek an answer to (a question):
6. To utter publicly:
7. To express in another language, while systematically retaining the original sense:
8. To convey in language or words of a particular form:
phrasal verb
put away
1. Informal. To eat completely or entirely:
Informal: polish off.
2. Informal. To take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully:
phrasal verb
put by
To reserve for the future:
phrasal verb
put down
To bring to an end forcibly as if by imposing a heavy weight:
phrasal verb
put forth
To put forward (a topic) for discussion:
phrasal verb
put forward
To state, as an idea, for consideration:
phrasal verb
put in
1. To ask for employment, acceptance, or admission:
2. To spend or complete (time), as a prison term:
Informal: do.
3. To use time in a particular way:
4. Nautical. To come or go into (a place):
Idioms: gain entrance, set foot in.
phrasal verb
put off
To offer or put into circulation (an inferior or spurious item):
phrasal verb
put on
1. To put (an article of clothing) on one's person:
2. To behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of:
3. To take on or give a false appearance of:
Idiom: make believe.
4. To produce on the stage:
phrasal verb
put out
1. To cause to stop burning or giving light:
2. To bring to bear steadily or forcefully:
3. To present for circulation, exhibit, or sale:
4. To cause inconvenience for:
5. To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations:
Idioms: get in one's hair, get on one's nerves, get under one's skin.
phrasal verb
put through
To bring about and carry to a successful conclusion:
Informal: swing.
phrasal verb
put together
To create by forming, combining, or altering materials:
phrasal verb
put up
1. To raise upright:
2. To make or form (a structure):
3. To prepare (food) for storage and future use:
4. To provide with often temporary lodging:
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(put) present participle ˈputting: past tense, past participle put verb
1. 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?
2. to submit or present (a proposal, question etc). I put several questions to him; She put her ideas before the committee.
3. to express in words. He put his refusal very politely; Children sometimes have such a funny way of putting things!
4. to write down. I'm trying to write a letter to her, but I don't know what to put.
5. to sail in a particular direction. We put out to sea; The ship put into harbour for repairs.
ˈput-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).
put across/over
to convey or communicate (ideas etc) to others. He's very good at putting his ideas across.
put aside
1. to abandon (work etc) temporarily. She put aside her needlework.
2. 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. 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
1. to lower. The teacher asked the pupil to put his hand down.
2. to place on the floor or other surface, out of one's hands. Put that knife down immediately!
3. to subdue (a rebellion etc).
4. to kill (an animal) painlessly when it is old or very ill.
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 metres' race.
put one's feet up
to take a rest.
put forth
(of plants etc) to produce (leaves, shoots etc).
put in
1. to insert or install. We're having a new shower put in.
2. 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
1. to switch off (a light etc). Please put the light off!
2. to delay; to postpone. He put off leaving / his departure till Thursday.
3. to cancel an arranged meeting etc with (a person). I had to put the Browns off because I had 'flu.
4. 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
1. to switch on (a light etc). Put the light on!
2. to dress oneself in. Which shoes are you going to put on?
3. to add or increase. The car put on speed; I've put on weight.
4. to present or produce (a play etc). They're putting on `Hamlet' next week.
5. to provide (eg transport). They always put on extra buses between 8.00 and 9.00 a.m.
6. to make a false show of; to pretend. She said she felt ill, but she was just putting it on.
7. to bet (money) on. I've put a pound on that horse to win.
put out
1. to extend (a hand etc). He put out his hand to steady her.
2. (of plants etc) to produce (shoots, leaves etc).
3. to extinguish (a fire, light etc). The fire brigade soon put out the fire.
4. to issue, give out. They put out a distress call.
5. to cause bother or trouble to. Don't put yourself out for my sake!
6. to annoy. I was put out by his decision.
put through
1. to arrange (a deal, agreement etc).
2. to connect by telephone. I'm trying to put you through (to London).
put together
to construct. The vase broke, but I managed to put it together again.
put up
1. to raise (a hand etc).
2. to build; to erect. They're putting up some new houses.
3. to fix on a wall etc. He put the poster up.
4. to increase (a price etc). They're putting up the fees again.
5. to offer or show (resistance etc). He's putting up a brave fight.
6. to provide (money) for a purpose. He promised to put up the money for the scheme.
7. 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.

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But I know they will, because it is a family that a certain lady, of some consequence, at Enscombe, has a particular dislike to: and though it is thought necessary to invite them once in two or three years, they always are put off when it comes to the point.
The Tanner put off his departure from time to time, saying that he would leave soon.
I am not living, but waiting for an event, which is continually put off and put off.
They like crocus and hyacinth time best of all, as they are partial to a bit of colour, but tulips (except white ones, which are the fairy-cradles) they consider garish, and they sometimes put off dressing like tulips for days, so that the beginning of the tulip weeks is almost the best time to catch them.
Jennings, "we might see whether it could be put off or not.
I shall probably put off his arrival under some pretence or other.
I know, anyway, that I will not be put off with a compromise, with a recurring zero, simply because it is consistent with the laws of nature and actually exists.
For the remainder of the day no one ventured to put off to the ship, deterred by the effects of the fire-arms.
But that she must and should retract was instantly the eager cry of both the Thorpes; they must go to Clifton tomorrow, they would not go without her, it would be nothing to put off a mere walk for one day longer, and they would not hear of a refusal.
All I can ask you to do is to put off her departure, if possible, till later in the day.
Sir Percival has altered his plans-- the business of the signature is put off.
But, to make an end, not many months had passed after he returned from Salamanca, when one day he appeared dressed as a shepherd with his crook and sheepskin, having put off the long gown he wore as a scholar; and at the same time his great friend, Ambrosio by name, who had been his companion in his studies, took to the shepherd's dress with him.