8. Sports. To hurl with an overhand pushing motion: put the shot.
9. To bring up for consideration or judgment: put a question to the judge.
10. To express; state: I put my objections bluntly.
11. To render in a specified language or literary form: put prose into verse.
12. To adapt: The lyrics had been put to music.
13. To urge or force to an action: a mob that put the thief to flight.
14. To apply: We must put our minds to it.
2. An option to sell a stipulated amount of stock or securities within a specified time and at a fixed price.
Fixed; stationary: stay put.
put about Nautical
To change or cause to change direction; go or cause to go from one tack to another. put across
3. Informal. To confine to a mental health facility.
4. a. Informal. To kill: The injured cat was put away. b. To bury.
To save for later use: My grandmother puts by her fresh vegetables. put down
2. a. To bring to an end; repress: put down a rebellion. b. To render ineffective: put down rumors.
3. To subject (an animal) to euthanasia.
4. Slang. a. To criticize: Her parents put her down for failing the course. b. To belittle; disparage: He tried to put down her knowledge of literature. c. To humiliate: "Many status games seem designed to put down others" (Alvin F. Poussaint).
5. a. To assign to a category: Just put him down as a sneak. b. To attribute: Let's put this disaster down to experience.
6. To consume (food or drink) readily; put away: puts down three big meals a day.
To propose for consideration: put forward a new plan. put in
2. To take off; discard: put off a sweater.
3. To repel or repulse, as from bad manners: His indifferent attitude has put us off.
4. To pass (money) or sell (merchandise) fraudulently.
5. To add: put on weight.
6. To produce; perform: put on a variety show.
3. To expel: put out a drunk.
4. To publish: put out a weekly newsletter.
5. a. To inconvenience: Did our early arrival put you out? b. To offend or irritate: I was put out by his attention to the television set.
6. Baseball. To retire a runner.
7. Vulgar Slang. To be sexually active. Used of a woman.
put to Nautical
To head for shore. put together
To construct; create: put together a new bookcase; put together a tax package. put up
7. To offer for sale: put up his antiques.
8. a. To make a display or the appearance of: put up a bluff. b. To engage in; carry on: put up a good fight.
To impose on; overburden: He was always being put upon by his friends.
put down roots
To establish a permanent residence in a locale.
put it to (someone) Slang
put (one) in mind
To remind: You put me in mind of your grandmother.
put (one's) finger on
To identify: I can't put my finger on the person in that photograph.
put (one's) foot down
To take a firm stand.
put (one's) foot in (one's) mouth
To make a tactless remark.
put paid to Chiefly British
To finish off; put to rest: "We've given up saying we only kill to eat; Kraft dinner and freeze-dried food have put paid to that one" (Margaret Atwood).
put (someone) through (someone's) paces
To cause to demonstrate ability or skill; test: The drama coach put her students through their paces before the first performance.
put (someone) up to
To cause to commit a funny, mischievous, or malicious act: My older brother put me up to making a prank telephone call.
put the arm on or put the bite on, put the squeeze on Slang
To ask another for money.
put the finger on Slang
To inform on: The witness put the finger on the killer.
put the make on Slang
To make sexual advances to.
put the screws to or put the screws on Slang
To pressure (another) in an extreme manner.
put the skids on Slang
To bring to a halt: "Sacrificing free speech to put the skids on prurient printed matter is not the correct path, the courts said" (Curtis J. Sitomer).
put to bed Informal
put to it
To cause extreme difficulty for: We were put to it to finish the book on time.
put two and two together
To draw the proper conclusions from existing evidence or indications.
put up or shut up Slang
To have to endure (something unpleasant) without complaining or take the action necessary to remove the source of the unpleasantry.
put up with
To endure without complaint: We had to put up with the inconvenience.
[Middle English putten, back-formation from Old English *pūtte past tense of ptan, to put out.]