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.

Definitions of put down
  1. verb
    put in a horizontal position
    synonyms: lay, repose
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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
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  2. verb
    cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
    synonyms: place down, set down
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    flump, plank, plonk, plop, plump, plump down, plunk, plunk down
    set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  3. verb
    leave or unload
    synonyms: discharge, drop, drop off, set down, unload
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    wharf
    discharge at a wharf
    air-drop
    drop (an object) from the air; unload from a plane or helicopter
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    deliver
    bring to a destination, make a delivery
  4. verb
    cause to come to the ground
    synonyms: bring down, land
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    arrive, come, get
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  5. verb
    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    “She tends to put down younger women colleagues”
    synonyms: degrade, demean, disgrace, take down
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    reduce
    lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    dehumanise, dehumanize
    deprive of human qualities
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    abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
  6. verb
    put (an animal) to death
    “the sick cat had to be put down
    synonyms: destroy
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    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  7. verb
    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
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    write
    communicate or express by writing
  8. verb
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
    synonyms: enter, record
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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
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    preserve, save
    to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
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