Idioms for put

Origin of put

before 1000; Middle English put(t)en to push, thrust, put, Old English *putian (as verbal noun putung an impelling, inciting); akin to pytan, potian to push, goad, cognate with Old Norse pota to thrust, poke

OTHER WORDS FROM put

well-put, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH put

put putt

synonym study for put

1. Put, place, lay, set mean to bring or take an object (or cause it to go) to a certain location or position, there to leave it. Put is the general word: to put the dishes on the table; to put one's hair up. Place is a more formal word, suggesting precision of movement or definiteness of location: He placed his hand on the Bible. Lay, meaning originally to cause to lie, and set, meaning originally to cause to sit, are used particularly to stress the position in which an object is put: lay usually suggests putting an object rather carefully into a horizontal position: to lay a pattern out on the floor. Set usually means to place upright: to set a child on a horse.
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British Dictionary definitions for put away (1 of 2)

put away

verb (tr, adverb)

to return (something) to the correct or proper placehe put away his books
to saveto put away money for the future
to lock up in a prison, mental institution, etcthey put him away for twenty years
to eat or drink, esp in large amounts
to put to death, because of old age or illnessthe dog had to be put away

British Dictionary definitions for put away (2 of 2)

put
/ (pʊt) /

verb puts, putting or put (mainly tr)

noun

a throw or cast, esp in putting the shot
Also called: put option stock exchange an option to sell a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified limited periodCompare call (def. 58)

Word Origin for put

C12 puten to push; related to Old English potian to push, Norwegian, Icelandic pota to poke
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Idioms and Phrases with put away (1 of 2)

put away

1

Place in a designated spot for storage; also, place out of reach. For example, Please put away your clothes, or This young tennis player can really put away the ball. Also see set aside, def. 1.

2

Renounce, discard, as in Put away all those negative thoughts. [Late 1300s]

3

Consume quickly, ingest readily, as in He put away his dinner in just a few minutes. [Colloquial; late 1800s]

4

Confine to a mental health facility, as in The doctor said we had to put her away. [Colloquial; late 1800s]

5

Kill, as in The vet put our old cat away. [Colloquial; late 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with put away (2 of 2)

put

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