Phrasal Verbs Using 'Put'
Communicate, convey a message
Example:He found it difficult to PUT ACROSS what he wanted to say at the meeting.
Put something back in the correct place
Example:He PUT the dictionary BACK on the shelf after he'd finished the crossword.
Put someone in prison
Example:The judge PUT him AWAY for ten years for robbery.
Rearrange something for a later time
Example:The AGM has been PUT BACK until July the seventeenth.
Save for the future
Example:I try to PUT some money BY every month towards our summer holiday.
Kill an animal because it's old, ill, etc.
Example:He had his dog PUT DOWN because it was in a lot of pain from its tumours.
Stop holding (but withdraw support gently)
Example:PUT the gun DOWN slowly and keep your hands where I can see them.
Commit to make a payment
Example:PUT me DOWN FOR 50p per mile.
Give as an explanation
Example:He didn't score many, but we can PUT that DOWN TO inexperience
Propose, suggest or nominate
Example:She PUT FORWARD a plan to cut costs.
Example:They had to PUT IN a whole new central heating system because the house was so cold.
Make a request
Example:He PUT IN FOR a transfer to the new branch.
Example:The concert's been PUT OFF until next month because the singer's got a throat infection.
Stop liking something or somebody
Example:I was really PUT OFF by the way he eats with his mouth open.
Example:He's PUT ON a lot of weight since he gave up smoking.
Example:I am not PUTTING you ON.
Example:I PUT my coat ON before we went out.
Example:Several charities PUT OUT an appeal on TV for money for the victims of the flooding in Mozambique.
Disturb or trouble someone
Example:Would it be PUTTING you OUT greatly if I asked to change to another day.
Extinguish a cigarette, fire, etc.
Example:He PUT OUT his cigarette before entering the building.
Successfully execute (a scam, trick, etc.)
Example:They PUT OVER a clever practical joke on us.
Connect someone by phone
Example:Could you PUT me THROUGH to extension 259 please.
Example:I PUT TOGETHER the bookcase I bought at Ikea.
Make a financial contribution
Example:She PUT $250 TOWARDS the cost of the repairs and we had to pay the rest.
Allow someone to stay at your house for a night or a few days.
Example:She PUT me UP for the night because I'd missed the last bus and there were no night buses running.
Increase prices, taxes, duties, etc.
Example:The government has PUT tuition fees for undergraduate students UP again.
Show skill or determination in a contest, competition, fight, etc
Example:They PUT UP a great fight but lost.
Encourage someone to do something
Example:His friends PUT him UP TO stealing it.
Example:I can't PUT UP WITH my neighbour's noise any longer; it's driving me mad.