Definition of Put

Pronunciation: put; often pŭt in def. 3
n.1.A pit.
3d pers. s1.3d pers. sing. pres. of Put, contracted from putteth.
n.1.A rustic; a clown; an awkward or uncouth person.
What droll puts the citizens seem in it all.
- F. Harrison.
v. t.1.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).
[imp. & p. p. Put; p. pr. & vb. n. Putting.]
His chief designs are . . . to put thee by from thy spiritual employment.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.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.
- Chaucer.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman.
- Gen. iii. 15.
He put no trust in his servants.
- Job iv. 18.
When God into the hands of their deliverer
Puts invincible might.
- Milton.
In the mean time other measures were put in operation.
- Sparks.
3.To attach or attribute; to assign; as, to put a wrong construction on an act or expression.
4.To lay down; to give up; to surrender.
No man hath more love than this, that a man put his life for his friends.
- Wyclif (John xv. 13).
5.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.
- Chaucer.
Put the perception and you put the mind.
- Berkeley.
These verses, originally Greek, were put in Latin.
- Milton.
All this is ingeniously and ably put.
- Hare.
6.To incite; to entice; to urge; to constrain; to oblige.
These wretches put us upon all mischief.
- Swift.
Put me not use the carnal weapon in my own defense.
- Sir W. Scott.
Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge.
- Milton.
7.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.
8.(Mining) To convey coal in the mine, as from the working to the tramway.
Put case
formerly, an elliptical expression for, put or suppose the case to be.
Put case that the soul after departure from the body may live.
- Bp. Hall.
Coming from thee, I could not put him back.
- Shak.
Mark, how a plain tale shall put you down.
- Shak.
Sugar hath put down the use of honey.
- Bacon.
I hoped for a demonstration, but Themistius hoped to put me off with an harangue.
- Boyle.
We might put him off with this answer.
- Bentley.
For the certain knowledge of that truth
I put you o'er to heaven and to my mother.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To go or move; as, when the air first puts up.
2.To steer; to direct one's course; to go.
His fury thus appeased, he puts to land.
- Dryden.
3.To play a card or a hand in the game called put.
To put about
(Naut.) to change direction; to tack.
To put back
(Naut.) to turn back; to return.
To put forth
a - To shoot, bud, or germinate
- Southey.
b - To leave a port or haven, as a ship.
- Bacon.
To put in
(Naut.) to enter a harbor; to sail into port.
- Shak.
To put in for
a - To make a request or claim; as, to put in for a share of profits
b - To go into covert; - said of a bird escaping from a hawk
c - To offer one's self; to stand as a candidate for.
To put off
to go away; to depart; esp., to leave land, as a ship; to move from the shore.
- Locke.
To put on
to hasten motion; to drive vehemently.
To put over
(Naut.) to sail over or across.
To put to sea
(Naut.) to set sail; to begin a voyage; to advance into the ocean.
To put up
a - To take lodgings; to lodge
b - To offer one's self as a candidate
To put up to
to advance to.
- L'Estrange.
To put up with
a - To overlook, or suffer without recompense, punishment, or resentment; as, to put up with an injury or affront
- Swift.
b - To take without opposition or expressed dissatisfaction; to endure; as, to put up with bad fare.
n.1.The act of putting; an action; a movement; a thrust; a push; as, the put of a ball.
2.A certain game at cards.
3.(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.
- Johnson's Cyc.
1.A prostitute.

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