• "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
    "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v put estimate "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
    • v put arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events "arrange my schedule","set up one's life","I put these memories with those of bygone times"
    • v put formulate in a particular style or language "I wouldn't put it that way","She cast her request in very polite language"
    • v put 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"
    • v put 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"
    • v put put into a certain place or abstract location "Put your things here","Set the tray down","Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children","Place emphasis on a certain point"
    • v put adapt "put these words to music"
    • v put cause (someone) to undergo something "He put her to the torture"
    • v put make an investment "Put money into bonds"
    • n put the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sadie uses the pond as a mirror to put a garland in her hair Sadie uses the pond as a mirror to put a garland in her hair
Polly, put the kettle on Polly, put the kettle on
Putting water into Josiah's hat Putting water into Josiah's hat
King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head
The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If all the strawberries produced in California annually were put side by side, they would wrap around the Earth fifteen times
    • Put 3d pers. sing. pres. of Put, contracted from putteth.
    • Put A certain game at cards.
    • n Put A pit.
    • Put (Finance) A privilege which one party buys of another to “put” (deliver) to him a certain amount of stock, grain, etc., at a certain price and date. "A put and a call may be combined in one instrument, the holder of which may either buy or sell as he chooses at the fixed price."
    • n Put A prostitute.
    • n Put A rustic; a clown; an awkward or uncouth person. "Queer country puts extol Queen Bess's reign.""What droll puts the citizens seem in it all."
    • Put The act of putting; an action; a movement; a thrust; a push; as, the put of a ball. "A forced put ."
    • Put To attach or attribute; to assign; as, to put a wrong construction on an act or expression.
    • Put 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."
      "I will put enmity between thee and the woman.""He put no trust in his servants.""When God into the hands of their deliverer Puts invincible might.""In the mean time other measures were put in operation."
    • Put (Mining) To convey coal in the mine, as from the working to the tramway. "Put case that the soul after departure from the body may live."
    • Put To go or move; as, when the air first puts up.
    • Put To incite; to entice; to urge; to constrain; to oblige. "These wretches put us upon all mischief.""Put me not use the carnal weapon in my own defense.""Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge."
    • Put To lay down; to give up; to surrender. "No man hath more love than this, that a man put his life for his friends."
    • Put 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."
    • Put To play a card or a hand in the game called put.
    • Put 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.""Put the perception and you put the mind.""These verses, originally Greek, were put in Latin.""All this is ingeniously and ably put ."
    • Put To steer; to direct one's course; to go. "His fury thus appeased, he puts to land."
    • Put 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 96% of people put the peanut butter on first when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
    • put To push; thrust: literally or figuratively.
    • put To cast; throw; particularly, to throw with an upward and forward motion of the arm: as, to put the stone; to put the shot. Compare putt.
    • put To drive; impel; force, either literally or figuratively; hence, to oblige; constrain; compel.
    • put To place, set, lay, deposit, bring, or cause to be in any position, place, or situation.
    • put To set in some particular way or course; instigate; urge; incite; entice.
    • put To cause, or cause to be; bring or place in some specified state or condition: as, to put one in mind; to put to shame; to put to death; to put one out of pain; to put in motion; to put in order; to put to inconvenience.
    • put To assign; set, as to a task or the doing of something: as, to put men to work.
    • put To set or propose for consideration, deliberation, judgment, reply, acceptance, or rejection; propound; propose; offer; state as a hypothesis or proposition: as, to put a case (see phrases below); to put a question; to put it to one to say.
    • put To state; express; phrase.
    • put To render; do; turn; translate.
    • put To posit; affirm.
    • put To apply; use.
    • put To lay down; give up; surrender.
    • put To put to inconvenience, trouble, annoyance, bewilderment, or embarrassment: as, he was much put about by that occurrence.
    • put To publish; declare; circulate.
    • put To renounce; discard.
    • put To divorce.
    • put To dispose of.
    • put To restore to the original place.
    • put To set, as the hands of a clock, to an earlier time.
    • put To refuse; say nay to.
    • put To set or thrust aside.
    • put To place in safe keeping; save or store up: as, “to put by something for a rainy day.”
    • put To degrade; deprive of authority, power, or place.
    • put To defeat; put to rout; overcome; excel.
    • put To bring into disuse.
    • put To confute; silence.
    • put To write, as in a subscription-list or in a program: as, to put one's name down for a handsome sum; to put one down for a toast or a speech.
    • put To give up; do without.
    • put To shoot out; send forth or out, as a sprout.
    • put To exert; bring into action.
    • put To propose; offer.
    • put To issue; publish.
    • put To introduce among others; interpose.
    • put To insert: as, to put in a passage or clause; to put in a scion.
    • put To appoint to an office.
    • put To palm off; pass fraudulently; foist.
    • put To dispose of, as by barter or sale; sell.
    • put To take off or lay aside; doff.
    • put To dismiss; discard.
    • put To defer; postpone; delay: as, to put off something to a more convenient season; to put off one's departure for a week.
    • put To defeat or baffle, as by delay, artifice, plausible excuse, etc.
    • put Hence— To assume; assume the garb or appearance of; show externally; exhibit: as, to put on a solemn countenance, or a show of interest; to put on airs.
    • put To turn or let on; turn or bring into action: as, to put on more steam.
    • put To forward; promote.
    • put To instigate; incite.
    • put To deceive; impose upon; cheat; trick: as, I will not be put upon.
    • put [On, prep.] To impose upon; inflict upon.
    • put To lay on; impute to: as, to put the blame on somebody else.
    • put To impel to; instigate to; incite to.
    • put To ascribe to.
    • put To foist upon; palm off on.
    • put In law, to rest on: rest one's case in; submit to: as, the defendant puts himself upon the country (that is, he pleads not guilty, and will go to trial).
    • put To destroy, so as to blind: said of the eyes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year 4 people in the UK die putting their trousers on.
    • v.t Put pōōt to push or thrust: to cast, throw: to drive into action: to throw suddenly, as a word: to set, lay, or deposit: to bring into any state or position: to offer: to propose: to express, state: to apply: to oblige: to incite: to add
    • v.i Put to place: to turn:—pr.p. putting (pōōt′-); pa.t. and pa.p. put
    • n Put a push or thrust: a cast, throw, esp. of a heavy stone from the shoulder (see Putting): an attempt: a game at cards: a contract by which one person, in consideration of a certain sum of money paid to another, acquires the privilege of selling or delivering to the latter within a certain time certain securities or commodities, at a stipulated price (see Options)
    • n Put put a rustic, simpleton.
    • n Put put a strumpet
    • ***


  • Steven Wright
    Steven Wright
    “You can't have everything. Where would you put it?”
  • Erika Cosby
    Erika Cosby
    “You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.”
  • Corey Ford
    Corey Ford
    “She learned to say things with her eyes that others waste time putting into words”
  • Mother Teresa
    “It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
  • Bible
    “With well doing you may put to silence foolish men.”
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    “America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.”


Put a bug in your ear - If you put a bug in someone's ear, you give him or her a reminder or suggestion relating to a future event.
Put a cork in it! - This is a way of telling someone to be quiet.
Put a sock in it - If someone tells you to put a sock in it, they are telling you to shut up.
Put all your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything on a single opportunity which, like eggs breaking, could go wrong.
Put it on the cuff - If you put something on the cuff, you will take it now and pay for it later.
Put lipstick on a pig - If people put lipstick on a pig, they make superficial or cosmetic changes, hoping that it will make the product more attractive.
Put more green into something - (USA) To put more green into something is to spend more or to increase investment in it.
Put off your stride - If you put someone off their stride, you distract them and make it hard for them to do or complete a task.
Put on a brave face - If you put on a brave face, or put a brave face on something, you behave confidently or cheerfully even though things are difficult. ('Brave front' is also used.)
Put on airs - If someone puts on airs, they pretend to be grander and more important than they really are.
Put on your thinking cap - If you put on your thinking cap, you think very hard about something.
Put or get someone's back up - If you put or get someone's back up, you annoy them.
Put some dirt on it - This means that when you get hurt, you should rub it off or shake it off and you'll be ok.
Put some mustard on it! - (USA) It's used to encourage someone to throw a ball like a baseball hard or fast.
Put somebody's nose out of joint - If you put someone's nose out of joint, you irritate them or make them angry with you.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. i
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pute, a whore.


In literature:

I saw her put in a nice little bit of soft paper; I saw her put it under the lining my own self.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Putting off his secular garment, as a rule, he could put off secular thoughts as well.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Put everything in the mold, or timbale, cover it with the same pastry and put in the oven.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
There must be a putting off in order to and accompanying the putting on.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Again he put the meat on the cooking-spits and put more logs on the fire.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
She seemed to have put Racicot behind her as one puts by an old garment.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A single glass of rum and water puts him under the table.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Miss, I wouldn't put a scratch on my deed.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Nurse must put us up to a wrinkle or two.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Rents can't be paid on nothing a week, and something to put in the mouth besides.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine

In poetry:

Tell me a thing
that you've often seen
yet if put in a book
it makes you turn green!
"Conundrums" by D H Lawrence
All that I ever did
For you seemed coarse
Compared with what I hid
Nor put in force.
"No One So Much As You" by Edward Thomas
Put a bullet in his left side
And one in his thigh,
But Joe didn't lose
His shootin' eye.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
Cover the embers,
Aand put out the light;
Toil comes with morning,
And rest with the night.
"Curfew" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Take hold
And lift him down the stairs,
Put him on the rollers
Over the floor of the hearse.
"Pals" by Carl Sandburg
With speed to my relief he came,
And put my enemies to shame;
Thus saved by grace I live to sing,
The love and triumphs of my King.
"Gibeon" by John Newton

In news:

Senior Dusty Goupille put everyone in the Upper Peninsula on alert Friday night that this year's Negaunee High School hockey team is not the same as in past years.
I also want to thank my committee members for the work that they put in this year.
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis put on a united front for their children by meeting up for a family holiday in the South of France.
That is how you put on a transcendental light show.
He put out his hand to be cut, then he put out his foot to be cut.
Meteor shower to put on a show Friday.
And crawling into it puts you on your knees.
Put the anchovies , carrot, garlic, onion, and bacon in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
Hakeem Olajuwon has a book out with - let's see, how to put this nicely.
Most state prison systems use sodium thiopental to put inmates to sleep before administering drugs that stop the heart.
People sometimes talk about "putting things into" a bankruptcy or "not putting something into" their bankruptcy.
49ers put up 34 and put New York Jets to shame at Met Life Stadium.
The Voice, an anti-bullying program in the Lisbon School District, has put together a video for a contest being put on by the Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit.
Imagine emptying your house, putting everything in a truck and then putting it all together somewhere else.
Some Madison bus drivers want to put bad behavior under the microscope by putting surveillance cameras on board .

In science:

Thus, if we put |∇u(t)| = v(t), we obtain the inequality v(t) − av7 (t) ≤ M .
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
The equivalence can be checked by varying this action with respect to hαβ , solving the resulting equations of motions and putting the resulting solution for hαβ into equation (2).
A note on topological brane theories
Putting these results together finishes the proof.
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems
These deviations are such that the local averages would put that region in a different phase.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
To put the above polynomials in the form of f1 (x, y ) of Theorem 1.1, in case 1 we rename the exponents q − Qk to q1 , p − P k to p1 , Q to q , P to p.
Rational polynomials of simple type