|—vb , puts, putting, put|
|1.||to cause to be (in a position or place): to put a book on the table|
|2.||to cause to be (in a state, relation, etc): to put one's things in order|
|4.||to set or commit (to an action, task, or duty), esp by force: he put him to work|
|5.||to render, transform, or translate: to put into English|
|6.||to set (words) in a musical form (esp in the phrase put to music)|
|10.||to state; express: to put it bluntly|
|11.||to set or make (an end or limit): he put an end to the proceedings|
|12.||to present for consideration in anticipation of an answer or vote; propose: he put the question to the committee; I put it to you that one day you will all die|
|13.||to invest (money) in; give (support) to: he put five thousand pounds into the project|
|14.||to impart: to put zest into a party|
|15.||to throw or cast|
|16.||not know where to put oneself to feel awkward or embarrassed|
|17.||put paid to to destroy irrevocably and utterly: the manager's disfavour put paid to their hopes for promotion|
|18.||stay put to refuse to leave; keep one's position|
|19.||a throw or cast, esp in putting the shot|
|20.||stock exchange Compare call Also called: put option an option to sell a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified limited period|
|[C12 puten to push; related to Old English potian to push, Norwegian, Icelandic pota to poke]|
put it to
Present for consideration, as in Let's put it to a vote, or I put it to you, I did the best I could under the circumstances. [Mid-1700s]
Present something in a forceful, candid manner to someone, as in I can't put it to you any more clearlystay away from the electrical equipment.
Overburden with tasks or work, as in They really put it to him, expecting to do all the packing.
Blame on, as in They didn't know who broke the window so they put it to Sam.
Take unfair advantage, cheat, as in That used-car dealer really put it to Betty.