What does ‘put’ mean?

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 (convey)
  • Put aside (save for later)
  • Put away (put something in its correct place)
  • Put back (return)
  • Put behind (leave in the past)
  • Put by (save)
  • Put down (drop an object)
  • Put down for (commit)
  • Put down to (give a reason)
  • Put forward (suggest an idea)
  • Put in (install)
  • Put in for (request)
  • Put off (postpone)
  • Put on (start wearing)
  • Put out (extinguish a fire)
  • Put through (experience something unpleasant)
  • Put together (assemble)
  • Put towards (make a financial contribution)
  • Put up (increase the price)
  • Put up to (encourage someone to do something)
  • Put up with (tolerate)
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.

idioms with verbs – PUT

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?