put down

When you put down your water glass, you simply place it on a surface. However, when you put down your math teacher, you criticize her harshly.

You can put down the grocery bags on the kitchen counter, or put down a puppy when it starts squirming. You can also put something down on paper, or write it out; and you can put down, or pay, a deposit on a new apartment. When you put down a person, you denounce or find fault with them, usually verbally.

Primary Meanings of put down

1.
v
put in a horizontal position
2.
v
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
3.
v
put (an animal) to death
4.
v
put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
Full Definitions of put down
1

v put in a horizontal position

Synonyms:
lay, repose
Types:
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rail
lay with rails
lay
lay eggs
blow
lay eggs
bury, entomb, inhume, inter, lay to rest
place in a grave or tomb
rebury
bury again
spawn
lay spawn
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place

Synonyms:
place down, set down
Types:
flump, plank, plonk, plop, plump, plump down, plunk, plunk down
set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v leave or unload

Synonyms:
discharge, drop, drop off, set down, unload
Types:
wharf
discharge at a wharf
air-drop
drop (an object) from the air; unload from a plane or helicopter
Type of:
deliver
bring to a destination, make a delivery

v cause to come to the ground

Synonyms:
bring down, land
Type of:
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
2

v reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

“She tends to put down younger women colleagues”
Synonyms:
degrade, demean, disgrace, take down
Types:
reduce
lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
dehumanise, dehumanize
deprive of human qualities
Type of:
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
3

v put (an animal) to death

“the sick cat had to be put down
Synonyms:
destroy
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
4

v put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.

Synonyms:
get down, set down, write down
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transcribe
write out from speech, notes, etc.
notate
put into notation, as of music or choreography
dash down, dash off
write down hastily
note, take down
make a written note of
Type of:
write
communicate or express by writing

v make a record of; set down in permanent form

Synonyms:
enter, record
Types:
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chalk up, tally
keep score, as in games
clock in, clock on, punch in
register one's arrival at work
record, tape
register electronically
accession
make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
post
display, as of records in sports games
ring up
to perform and record a sale on a cash register
manifest
record in a ship's manifest
inscribe
write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
chronicle
record in chronological order; make a historical record
file, file away
place in a container for keeping records
document
record in detail
log
enter into a log, as on ships and planes
clock up, log up
record a distance travelled; on planes and cars
film, shoot, take
make a film or photograph of something
tape, videotape
record on videotape
photograph, shoot, snap
record on photographic film
mark, score
make underscoring marks
notch
notch a surface to record something
keep, maintain
maintain by writing regular records
film
record in film
register
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
book
record a charge in a police register
cancel, invalidate
make invalid for use
save, write
record data on a computer
tape record
record with a tape recorder
prerecord
record before presentation, as of a broadcast
file, register
record in a public office or in a court of law
retake
photograph again
reshoot
shoot again
x-ray
take an x-ray of something or somebody
cinematise, cinematize
make a film of or adopt so as to make into a film
microfilm
record on microfilm
cut
record a performance on (a medium)
cut
make a recording of
patent
grant rights to; grant a patent for
enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
register formally as a participant or member
list
include in a list
fine, ticket
issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
book
register in a hotel booker
Type of:
preserve, save
to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

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