put forth

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put forth

  1. Grow, as in This bush puts forth new shoots each spring. [First half of 1500s]

  2. Bring to bear, exert, as in We'll have to put forth a great deal more effort. [c. 1400]

  3. Also, set forth. Offer for consideration, as in She put forth at least three new ideas. [Mid-1300s]

  4. Bring to notice, publish, as in The appendix puts forth a fresh analysis of events. [Mid-1500s]

  5. See set forth.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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