Phrasal Verbs with 'Put'

Put across

Communicate, convey a message

Example: He found it difficult to PUT ACROSS what he wanted to say at the meeting.

Put away

Put something back in the correct place

Example: He PUT the dictionary BACK on the shelf after he'd finished the crossword.

Put away

Put someone in prison

Example: The judge PUT him AWAY for ten years for robbery.

Put back

Rearrange something for a later time

Example: The AGM has been PUT BACK until July the seventeenth.

Put by

Save for the future

Example: I try to PUT some money BY every month towards our summer holiday.

Put down

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.

Put down

Stop holding (but withdraw support gently)

Example: PUT the gun DOWN slowly and keep your hands where I can see them.

Put down for

Commit to make a payment

Example: PUT me DOWN FOR 50p per mile.

Put down to

Give as an explanation

Example: He didn't score many, but we can PUT that DOWN TO inexperience

Put forward

Propose, suggest or nominate

Example: She PUT FORWARD a plan to cut costs.

Put in


Example: They had to PUT IN a whole new central heating system because the house was so cold.

Put in for

Make a request

Example: He PUT IN FOR a transfer to the new branch.

Put off


Example: The concert's been PUT OFF until next month because the singer's got a throat infection.

Put off

Stop liking something or somebody

Example: I was really PUT OFF by the way he eats with his mouth open.

Put on

Get fat

Example: He's PUT ON a lot of weight since he gave up smoking.

Put on

Deceive, lie

Example: I am not PUTTING you ON.

Put on

Start wearing

Example: I PUT my coat ON before we went out.

Put out


Example: Several charities PUT OUT an appeal on TV for money for the victims of the flooding in Mozambique.

Put out

Disturb or trouble someone

Example: Would it be PUTTING you OUT greatly if I asked to change to another day.

Put out

Extinguish a cigarette, fire, etc.

Example: He PUT OUT his cigarette before entering the building.

Put over

Successfully execute (a scam, trick, etc.)

Example: They PUT OVER a clever practical joke on us.

Put through

Connect someone by phone

Example: Could you PUT me THROUGH to extension 259 please.

Put together


Example: I PUT TOGETHER the bookcase I bought at Ikea.

Put towards

Make a financial contribution

Example: She PUT $250 TOWARDS the cost of the repairs and we had to pay the rest.

Put up

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.

Put up

Increase prices, taxes, duties, etc.

Example: The government has PUT tuition fees for undergraduate students UP again.

Put up

Show skill or determination in a contest, competition, fight, etc

Example: They PUT UP a great fight but lost.

Put up to

Encourage someone to do something

Example: His friends PUT him UP TO stealing it.

Put up with


Example: I can't PUT UP WITH my neighbour's noise any longer; it's driving me mad.