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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Put \Put\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Put; p. pr. & vb. n.
Putting.] [AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to
put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke,
thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v.
1. To move in any direction; to impel; to thrust; to push; --
nearly obsolete, except with adverbs, as with by (to put
by = to thrust aside; to divert); or with forth (to put
forth = to thrust out).
His chief designs are . . . to put thee by from thy
spiritual employment. --Jer. Taylor.
2. To bring to a position or place; to place; to lay; to set;
figuratively, to cause to be or exist in a specified
relation, condition, or the like; to bring to a stated
mental or moral condition; as, to put one in fear; to put
a theory in practice; to put an enemy to fight.
This present dignity,
In which that I have put you. --Chaucer.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman. --Gen.
He put no trust in his servants. --Job iv. 18.
When God into the hands of their deliverer
Puts invincible might. --Milton.
In the mean time other measures were put in
3. To attach or attribute; to assign; as, to put a wrong
construction on an act or expression.
4. To lay down; to give up; to surrender. [Obs.]
No man hath more love than this, that a man put his
life for his friends. --Wyclif (John
5. To set before one for judgment, acceptance, or rejection;
to bring to the attention; to offer; to state; to express;
figuratively, to assume; to suppose; -- formerly sometimes
followed by that introducing a proposition; as, to put a
question; to put a case.
Let us now put that ye have leave. --Chaucer.
Put the perception and you put the mind. --Berkeley.
These verses, originally Greek, were put in Latin.
All this is ingeniously and ably put. --Hare.
6. To incite; to entice; to urge; to constrain; to oblige.
These wretches put us upon all mischief. --Swift.
Put me not use the carnal weapon in my own defense.
Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge.
7. To throw or cast with a pushing motion "overhand," the
hand being raised from the shoulder; a practice in
athletics; as, to put the shot or weight.
8. (Mining) To convey coal in the mine, as from the working
to the tramway. --Raymond.
Put case, formerly, an elliptical expression for, put or
suppose the case to be.
Put case that the soul after departure from the body
may live. --Bp. Hall.
To put about (Naut.), to turn, or change the course of, as
To put away.
(a) To renounce; to discard; to expel.
(b) To divorce.
To put back.
(a) To push or thrust backwards; hence, to hinder; to
(b) To refuse; to deny.
Coming from thee, I could not put him back.
(c) To set, as the hands of a clock, to an earlier hour.
(d) To restore to the original place; to replace.
To put by.
(a) To turn, set, or thrust, aside. "Smiling put the
question by." --Tennyson.
(b) To lay aside; to keep; to sore up; as, to put by
To put down.
(a) To lay down; to deposit; to set down.
(b) To lower; to diminish; as, to put down prices.
(c) To deprive of position or power; to put a stop to; to
suppress; to abolish; to confute; as, to put down
rebellion or traitors.
Mark, how a plain tale shall put you down.
Sugar hath put down the use of honey. --Bacon.
(d) To subscribe; as, to put down one's name.
To put forth.
(a) To thrust out; to extend, as the hand; to cause to
come or push out; as, a tree puts forth leaves.
(b) To make manifest; to develop; also, to bring into
action; to exert; as, to put forth strength.
(c) To propose, as a question, a riddle, and the like.
(d) To publish, as a book.
To put forward.
(a) To advance to a position of prominence or
responsibility; to promote.
(b) To cause to make progress; to aid.
(c) To set, as the hands of a clock, to a later hour.
To put in.
(a) To introduce among others; to insert; sometimes, to
introduce with difficulty; as, to put in a word while
others are discoursing.
(b) (Naut.) To conduct into a harbor, as a ship.
(c) (Law) To place in due form before a court; to place
among the records of a court. --Burrill.
(d) (Med.) To restore, as a dislocated part, to its place.
To put off.
(a) To lay aside; to discard; as, to put off a robe; to
put off mortality. "Put off thy shoes from off thy
feet." --Ex. iii. 5.
(b) To turn aside; to elude; to disappoint; to frustrate;
I hoped for a demonstration, but Themistius
hoped to put me off with an harangue. --Boyle.
We might put him off with this answer.
(c) To delay; to defer; to postpone; as, to put off
(d) To get rid of; to dispose of; especially, to pass
fraudulently; as, to put off a counterfeit note, or an
(e) To push from land; as, to put off a boat.
To put on or To put upon.
(a) To invest one's self with, as clothes; to assume.
"Mercury . . . put on the shape of a man."
(b) To impute (something) to; to charge upon; as, to put
blame on or upon another.
(c) To advance; to promote. [Obs.] "This came handsomely
to put on the peace." --Bacon.
(d) To impose; to inflict. "That which thou puttest on me,
will I bear." --2 Kings xviii. 14.
(e) To apply; as, to put on workmen; to put on steam.
(f) To deceive; to trick. "The stork found he was put
(g) To place upon, as a means or condition; as, he put him
upon bread and water. "This caution will put them upon
(h) (Law) To rest upon; to submit to; as, a defendant puts
himself on or upon the country. --Burrill.
To put out.
(a) To eject; as, to put out and intruder.
(b) To put forth; to shoot, as a bud, or sprout.
(c) To extinguish; as, to put out a candle, light, or
(d) To place at interest; to loan; as, to put out funds.
(e) To provoke, as by insult; to displease; to vex; as, he
was put out by my reply. [Colloq.]
(f) To protrude; to stretch forth; as, to put out the
(g) To publish; to make public; as, to put out a pamphlet.
(h) To confuse; to disconcert; to interrupt; as, to put
one out in reading or speaking.
(i) (Law) To open; as, to put out lights, that is, to open
or cut windows. --Burrill.
(j) (Med.) To place out of joint; to dislocate; as, to put
out the ankle.
(k) To cause to cease playing, or to prevent from playing
longer in a certain inning, as in base ball.
(l) to engage in sexual intercourse; -- used of women; as,
she's got a great bod, but she doesn't put out.
To put over.
(a) To place (some one) in authority over; as, to put a
general over a division of an army.
(b) To refer.
For the certain knowledge of that truth
I put you o'er to heaven and to my mother.
(c) To defer; to postpone; as, the court put over the
cause to the next term.
(d) To transfer (a person or thing) across; as, to put one
over the river.
To put the hand to or To put the hand unto.
(a) To take hold of, as of an instrument of labor; as, to
put the hand to the plow; hence, to engage in (any
task or affair); as, to put one's hand to the work.
(b) To take or seize, as in theft. "He hath not put his
hand unto his neighbor's goods." --Ex. xxii. 11.
To put through, to cause to go through all conditions or
stages of a progress; hence, to push to completion; to
accomplish; as, he put through a measure of legislation;
he put through a railroad enterprise. [U.S.]
To put to.
(a) To add; to unite; as, to put one sum to another.
(b) To refer to; to expose; as, to put the safety of the
state to hazard. "That dares not put it to the touch."
(c) To attach (something) to; to harness beasts to.
To put to a stand, to stop; to arrest by obstacles or
To put to bed.
(a) To undress and place in bed, as a child.
(b) To deliver in, or to make ready for, childbirth.
To put to death, to kill.
To put together, to attach; to aggregate; to unite in one.
To put this and that (or two and two) together, to draw
an inference; to form a correct conclusion.
To put to it, to distress; to press hard; to perplex; to
give difficulty to. "O gentle lady, do not put me to 't."
To put to rights, to arrange in proper order; to settle or
To put to the sword, to kill with the sword; to slay.
To put to trial, or on trial, to bring to a test; to try.
To put trust in, to confide in; to repose confidence in.
To put up.
(a) To pass unavenged; to overlook; not to punish or
resent; to put up with; as, to put up indignities.
[Obs.] "Such national injuries are not to be put up."
(b) To send forth or upward; as, to put up goods for sale.
(d) To start from a cover, as game. "She has been
frightened; she has been put up." --C. Kingsley.
(e) To hoard. "Himself never put up any of the rent."
(f) To lay side or preserve; to pack away; to store; to
pickle; as, to put up pork, beef, or fish.
(g) To place out of sight, or away; to put in its proper
place; as, put up that letter. --Shak.
(h) To incite; to instigate; -- followed by to; as, he put
the lad up to mischief.
(i) To raise; to erect; to build; as, to put up a tent, or
(j) To lodge; to entertain; as, to put up travelers.
To put up a job, to arrange a plot. [Slang]
Syn: To place; set; lay; cause; produce; propose; state.
Usage: Put, Lay, Place, Set. These words agree in the
idea of fixing the position of some object, and are
often used interchangeably. To put is the least
definite, denoting merely to move to a place. To place
has more particular reference to the precise location,
as to put with care in a certain or proper place. To
set or to lay may be used when there is special
reference to the position of the object.
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