put

The verb put refers to placement. You can put things down, put ideas into words, and put up money (that is, invest it).

This little word has many uses. You can put up with someone (have patience) or put them down (insult them). You can put a spin on an idea — and then put it to work. When life’s unfair you feel put upon. If there's a fire in your kitchen, you should put it out. If you order take-out, you might call ahead to put in your order. If you’re hungry, you’ll put away a lot of food.

Primary Meanings of put

1.
v
cause to be in a certain state; cause to be in a certain relation
2.
vn
make an investment
the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
3.
v
estimate
4.
v
adapt
Full Definitions of put
1

v cause to be in a certain state; cause to be in a certain relation

“That song put me in awful good humor”
put your ideas in writing”
Types:
put to sleep
help someone go to bed
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v put into a certain place or abstract location

Put your things here”
Synonyms:
lay, place, pose, position, set
Types:
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enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in
introduce
docket
place on the docket for legal action
cock
set the trigger of a firearm back for firing
postpose
place after another constituent in the sentence
prepose
place before another constituent in the sentence
step
place (a ship's mast) in its step
put back, replace
put something back where it belongs
stratify
form, arrange, or deposit in layers
plant
place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive
intersperse
place at intervals in or among
nestle, snuggle
position comfortably
pile
place or lay as if in a pile
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order
lay over, superimpose, superpose
place on top of
superpose
place (one geometric figure) upon another so that their perimeters coincide
park
place temporarily
ensconce, settle
fix firmly
dispose
place or put in a particular order
emplace
put into place or position
emplace
provide a new emplacement for guns
ship
place on board a ship
underlay
put (something) under or beneath
trench
set, plant, or bury in a trench
pigeonhole
place into a small compartment
shelve
place on a shelf
jar
place in a cylindrical vessel
repose
to put something (eg trust) in something
sign
place signs, as along a road
middle
put in the middle
parallelize
place parallel to one another
butt
place end to end without overlapping
recess
put into a recess
reposition
place into another position
throw, thrust
place or put with great energy
tee, tee up
place on a tee
rack up
place in a rack
coffin
place into a coffin
bed
put to bed
appose
place side by side or in close proximity
place down, put down, set down
cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
seed, sow
place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
misplace
place or position wrongly; put in the wrong position
juxtapose
place side by side
set down
put or settle into a position
bottle
put into bottles
bucket
put into a bucket
barrel
put in barrels
ground
place or put on the ground
pillow, rest
rest on or as if on a pillow
lose, mislay, misplace
place (something) where one cannot find it again
upend
set, turn, or stand on end
seat, sit, sit down
show to a seat; assign a seat for
seat
place in or on a seat
lay, put down, repose
put in a horizontal position
place upright, stand, stand up
put into an upright position
recline
cause to recline
plant, set
put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
instal, install, put in, set up
set up for use
deposit, fix, posit, situate
put (something somewhere) firmly
ladle
put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle
poise
cause to be balanced or suspended
lean
cause to lean or incline
clap
put quickly or forcibly
rest
put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying
perch
cause to perch or sit
load
put (something) on a structure or conveyance
cram
put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled
set
put into a position that will restore a normal state
siphon
move a liquid from one container into another by means of a siphon or a siphoning action
seat
place or attach firmly in or on a base
position
cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
glycerolise, glycerolize
place in glycerol
space
place at intervals
marshal
place in proper rank
settle, settle down
settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground
throw
to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly
imbricate
place so as to overlap
plug
insert as a plug
plug
insert a plug into
inoculate
introduce a microorganism into
inset
set or place in
glass
put in a glass container
catheterise, catheterize
insert a catheter into (a body part)
cup
put into a cup
interlard, intersperse
introduce one's writing or speech with certain expressions
feed, feed in
introduce continuously
slip
insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
foist
insert surreptitiously or without warrant
regularise, regularize
make regular or more regular
order
place in a certain order
order
bring order to or into
straighten
make straight or straighter
rearrange
put into a new order or arrangement
serialise, serialize
arrange serially
alphabetise, alphabetize
arrange in alphabetical order
coordinate, organise, organize
bring order and organization to
interstratify
arrange rocks in alternating strata
stratify
form layers or strata
deploy
place troops or weapons in battle formation
aim, direct, take, take aim, train
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
bury
place in the earth and cover with soil
hang up
put a telephone receiver back in its cradle
draw, string, thread
thread on or as if on a string
marshal
arrange in logical order
string
stretch out or arrange like a string
spread out, string out
set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series
interleave
intersperse the sectors on the concentric magnetic circular patterns written on a computer disk surface to guide the storing and recording of data
plume, preen
clean with one's bill
stack
arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances
chain
connect or arrange into a chain by linking
geminate, pair
arrange in pairs
concord
arrange the words of a text so as to create a concordance
cascade
arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible
settle
arrange or fix in the desired order
pyramid
arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid
corral
arrange wagons so that they form a corral
catenate, catenulate
arrange in a series of rings or chains, as for spores
decorate, dress
provide with decoration
develop
superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
array, lay out, range, set out
lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
bundle, compact, pack, wad
compress into a wad
reship
place on a ship again or transfer to another ship
reduce
reposition (a broken bone after surgery) back to its normal site
pop
put or thrust suddenly and forcefully
flump, plank, plonk, plop, plump, plump down, plunk, plunk down
set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
broadcast
sow over a wide area, especially by hand
inseminate, sow, sow in
place seeds in or on (the ground)
scatter
sow by scattering
rail
lay with rails
heap, pile, stack
arrange in stacks
distribute, stagger
to arrange in a systematic order
stuff
cram into a cavity
root
plant by the roots
puddle
dip into mud before planting
checkrow
plant in checkrows
drape
arrange in a particular way
drape
place casually
reseat
show to a different seat
lay
lay eggs
blow
lay eggs
bed
place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
dibble
plant with a wooden hand tool
afforest, forest
establish a forest on previously unforested land
replant
plant again or anew
retrofit
fit in or on an existing structure, such as an older house
reinstall
install again
post, put up
place so as to be noticed
inject, shoot
force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing
set
fix in a border
gradate
arrange according to grades
tree
plant with trees
square
position so as to be square
sediment
settle as sediment
sediment
deposit as a sediment
dress, line up
arrange in ranks
bury, entomb, inhume, inter, lay to rest
place in a grave or tomb
rebury
bury again
line up
form a line
orient
cause to point
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v attribute or give

“She put too much emphasis on her the last statement”
“He put all his efforts into this job”
“The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story”
Synonyms:
assign
Types:
repose
put or confide something in a person or thing
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v cause (someone) to undergo something

“He put her to the torture”
Type of:
subject
cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to

v arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

“I put these memories with those of bygone times”
Synonyms:
arrange, order, set up
Types:
contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize
arrange or represent events so that they co-occur
phrase
divide, combine, or mark into phrases
Type of:
organise, organize
cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
2

v make an investment

Put money into bonds”
Synonyms:
commit, invest, place
Antonyms:
disinvest, divest
reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
Types:
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fund
invest money in government securities
roll over
re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
shelter
invest (money) so that it is not taxable
tie up
invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
job, speculate
invest at a risk
buy into
buy stocks or shares of a company
bull
try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out

n the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date

Synonyms:
put option
Antonyms:
call, call option
the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
Type of:
option
the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited
3

v estimate

“We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M.”
Synonyms:
place, set
Type of:
approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge
judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
4

v adapt

put these words to music”
Type of:
arrange, set
adapt for performance in a different way

v formulate in a particular style or language

“I wouldn't put it that way”
Synonyms:
cast, couch, frame, redact
Type of:
articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
put into words or an expression

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