The word ‘put‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to place an object or bring into a particular state.

For example:

  • Put your hands up in the air. (place an object)
  • He put me in a difficult situation. (bring into a particular state)


Put is an irregular verb. The past tense is put and the past participle is put.

phrasal verbs with put

Phrasal verbs with ‘put’ include:

  • put across
    meaning – convey your message
    example – I put across my views over social media.
  • put aside
    meaning – put to one side for later
    example – I`m sorry you couldn’t make the party, I put a bit of cake aside for you.
  • put away
    meaning – put something in its correct place or send someone to prison
    example – Put away all of your pencils, I need to set the table for dinner.
  • put back
    meaning – return something to its place or save something for a later date
    example – I’ve taken out all the food in the fridge, now to clean it then put it all back.
  • put behind
    meaning – leave in the past
    example – I`ve put all the bad stuff behind me, now I’m looking to the future.
  • put by
    meaning – save something
    example – I’ve been putting by some food every week, so we can have some treats at Christmas.
  • put down
    meaning – humanely kill an old/sick animal or drop an object to the floor
    example – My dog was put down yesterday. He was 18 years old.
  • put down for
    meaning – commit to something
    example – I’m doing a sponsored silence. Can I put you down for £1?
  • put down to
    meaning – give a reason for something happening
    example – I’m putting all this crazy weather down to global warming.
  • put forward
    meaning – suggest an idea or nominate someone
    example – I’ll put Jenna forward for employee of the month. She is a hard worker
  • put in
    meaning – enter an object into an enclosed space or install
    example – The guy is coming to put in the new shower tomorrow.
  • put in for
    meaning – request something
    example – I’ve put in for the job as head teacher.
  • put off
    meaning – postpone or stop liking something
    example – We have had a lot of rain, so the game has been put off until next week.
  • put on
    meaning – start wearing or gain weight
    example – Put your shoes on, we are going out.
  • put out
    meaning – extinguish a fire or inconvenience someone
    example – I can give you a lift home, it won’t be putting me out.
  • put through
    meaning – connect by phone or make someone experience something unpleasant
    example – Please hold the line and I’ll put you through to Mr Taylor as soon as I can.
  • put together
    meaning – join/assemble
    example – The police put together all the evidence and discovered the culprit.
  • put towards
    meaning – make a financial contribution
    example – Can everyone bring in £1 tomorrow? We are putting it towards a buffet on the last day.
  • put up
    meaning – increase the price or let someone stay at your home
    example – If you ever come to London, I’ll put you up for a few days and show you around.
  • put up to
    meaning – encourage someone to do something
    example – Marco put me up to defacing the war memorial. He made me; I didn’t want to do it.
  • put up with
    meaning – tolerate someone or something
    example – I’ve put up with his laziness for long enough. If he doesn’t change, I’m kicking him out.

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phrasal verbs with put

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘put’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with put - put across
phrasal verbs with put - put aside
phrasal verbs with put - put away
phrasal verbs with put - put back
phrasal verbs with put - put behind
phrasal verbs with put - put by
phrasal verbs with put - put down for
phrasal verbs with put - put down to
phrasal verbs with put - put down
phrasal verbs with put - put forward
phrasal verbs with put - put in for
phrasal verbs with put - put in
phrasal verbs with put - put off
phrasal verbs with put - put on
phrasal verbs with put - put out
phrasal verbs with put - put through
phrasal verbs with put - put together
phrasal verbs with put - put towards
phrasal verbs with put - put up to
phrasal verbs with put - put up with
phrasal verbs with put - put up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with put below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with put, how about learning the idioms with put too?