put down meaning


    Definition of put down in English Dictionary

  • NounPLput downs
    1. Alternative spelling of put-down.
    2. VerbSGputs downPRputting down
      1. Used other than as an idiom: see put,‎ down.
        1. Why don't you put down your briefcase and stay awhile?
      2. IDI To insult, belittle, or demean.
        1. They frequently put down their little sister for walking slowly.
      3. (of money as deposit) To pay.
        1. We put down a $1,000 deposit.
      4. To halt, eliminate, stop, or squelch, often by force.
        1. The government quickly put down the insurrection.
      5. (euphemistic) To euthanize (an animal).
        1. Rex was in so much pain, they had to put him down.
      6. To write (something).
        1. Put down the first thing you think of on this piece of paper.
      7. (of a telephone) To terminate a call; to hang up.
        1. Don't put the phone down. I want a quick word with him,too.
      8. To add a name to a list.
        1. I've put myself down for the new Spanish conversation course.
      9. To make prices, or taxes, lower.
        1. BP are putting petrol and diesel down in what could be the start of a price war.
      10. IDI To place a baby somewhere to sleep.
        1. I had just put Mary down when you rang. So now she's crying again.
      11. IDI (of an aircraft) To land.
        1. The pilot managed to put down in a nearby farm field.
      12. IDI To drop someone off, or let them out of a vehicle.
        1. The taxi put him down outside the hotel.
      13. IDI To cease, temporarily or permanently, reading (a book).
        1. I was unable to put down The Stand: it was that exciting.
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • I put down some traps in my apartment to try and deal with the mouse problem.
        • I haven't put down roots in this town yet, 'cause I've got trouble making friends here.
        • It might be hard for her to leave London after all these years: she's put down roots there.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Phrases
        • Phrasal verbs
          • Phrasal verbs with particle (down)
        • Nouns
          • Countable nouns
          • Verbs
            • Phrasal verbs
              • Phrasal verbs with particle (down)
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          Source: Wiktionary
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          Meaning of put down for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this idiom "put down" is a phrase, more specifically, a phrasal verb. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a phrasal verb.
          Definiteness: Level 6
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