put down

verb
1. cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place (Freq. 6)
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set down your bags here

Syn: ↑set down, ↑place down
Hypernyms: ↑put, ↑set, ↑place, ↑pose, ↑position, ↑lay
Hyponyms:
plank, ↑flump, ↑plonk, ↑plop, ↑plunk, ↑plump down, ↑plunk down, ↑plump
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. put in a horizontal position (Freq. 2)
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lay the books on the table

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lay the patient carefully onto the bed

Syn: ↑lay, ↑repose
See Also: ↑repose on (for: ↑repose), ↑put, ↑lay over (for: ↑lay), ↑lay away (for: ↑lay), ↑lay aside (for: ↑lay)
Hypernyms: ↑put, ↑set, ↑place, ↑pose, ↑position, ↑lay
Hyponyms:
rail, ↑lay, ↑blow, ↑bury, ↑entomb, ↑inhume, ↑inter, ↑lay to rest, ↑rebury
Cause: ↑lie
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody PP

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Somebody ——s something PP

3. cause to come to the ground (Freq. 1)
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the pilot managed to land the airplane safely

Syn: ↑land, ↑bring down
Derivationally related forms: ↑land (for: ↑land), ↑landing (for: ↑land)
Topics: ↑air travel, ↑aviation, ↑air
Hypernyms: ↑arrive, ↑get, ↑come
Cause: ↑land, ↑set down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

4. leave or unload
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unload the cargo

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drop off the passengers at the hotel

Syn: ↑drop, ↑drop off, ↑set down, ↑unload, ↑discharge
Derivationally related forms: ↑drop (for: ↑drop)
Hypernyms: ↑deliver
Hyponyms: ↑wharf, ↑air-drop
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s somebody PP

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Somebody ——s something PP

5. put (an animal) to death
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The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid

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the sick cat had to be put down

Syn: ↑destroy
Hypernyms: ↑kill
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

6. put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
Syn: ↑write down, ↑set down, ↑get down
Hypernyms: ↑write
Hyponyms: ↑transcribe, ↑notate, ↑dash down, ↑dash off, ↑note, ↑take down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

7. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
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She tends to put down younger women colleagues

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His critics took him down after the lecture

Syn: ↑take down, ↑degrade, ↑disgrace, ↑demean
Derivationally related forms: ↑put-down, ↑degradation (for: ↑degrade), ↑takedown (for: ↑take down)
Hypernyms: ↑humiliate, ↑mortify, ↑chagrin, ↑humble, ↑abase
Hyponyms: ↑reduce, ↑dehumanize, ↑dehumanise
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

8. make a record of; set down in permanent form
Syn: ↑record, ↑enter
Derivationally related forms: ↑entry (for: ↑enter), ↑record (for: ↑record), ↑recorder (for: ↑record)
Topics: ↑recording, ↑transcription
Hypernyms: ↑save, ↑preserve
Hyponyms:
tally, ↑chalk up, ↑clock in, ↑punch in, ↑clock on, ↑record, ↑tape, ↑accession, ↑post, ↑ring up, ↑manifest, ↑inscribe, ↑chronicle, ↑file, ↑file away, ↑document, ↑log, ↑log up, ↑clock up, ↑film, ↑shoot, ↑take, ↑videotape, ↑photograph, ↑snap, ↑score, ↑mark, ↑notch, ↑keep, ↑maintain, ↑register, ↑book
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

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put down [phrasal verb]
1 put (someone or something) down also put down (someone or something)
1 a : to place (someone or something that you have been holding or carrying) on a table, on the floor, etc.

She carefully put the vase down on the table.

The police ordered him to put down the gun.

I don't need you to carry me. Put me down!

1 b : to add (someone or something) to a list

Don't forget to put down milk and bread on the shopping list.

1 c informal : to say critical or insulting things about (someone or something)

He frequently puts down her work.

Her parents are always putting her down.

He puts himself down a lot, but he's really quite an attractive man.

— see also put-down
2 put (something) down or put down (something)
2 a : to write (something) : to record (something) in writing

She says that the reporter put her quote down incorrectly.

Every night, he puts his thoughts down in a journal.

I need to put down my thoughts on paper before I forget them.

What answer did you put down on the test?

2 b : to give (an amount of money) as a first payment when you are buying something that costs a lot of money

We put 10 percent down on the house. = We put down a 10 percent deposit on the house.

Put no money down and pay no interest on the car until next year.

2 c : to put (something) in place on the floor or ground

Putting down [=installing] a new hardwood floor would greatly increase the value of your home.

We put down a layer of mulch in the rose garden.

2 d : to stop (a violent or dangerous activity) by using force

Federal troops were brought in to help put down the riot.

put down a rebellion/revolt/uprising

2 e : to kill (an animal) in a way that causes it little pain usually because it is injured or sick

They had to have their dog put down [=put to sleep] by the vet.

2 f Brit : to end a telephone connection

She said goodbye and put down the phone. [=hung up the phone]

She put the phone down on him. [=she hung up the phone while he was still talking to her]

2 g Brit : to formally suggest (something) as an idea to be discussed and voted on by a group of people : to propose or introduce (something)

putting down an amendment in Parliament

3 put down or put (something) down or put down (something) chiefly Brit : to land or to cause (an airplane) to land

Our plane put down [=landed] in New York around 2 p.m.

The pilot was forced to put [=set] the plane down in a field.

4 put (someone) down or put down (someone) : to place (a baby or child) in a bed to sleep

He put the baby down (in her crib) for a nap.

5 put (someone) down as (something) : to think of (someone) as (a specified kind of person or thing)

Most people put him down as [=believe that he is] a fanatic.

6 put (someone) down for (something) : to write the name of (someone) on a list of people who will do or give (something)

Can I put you down for a donation? [=can I write that you will give a donation?]

Sure, put me down for $20.

7 put (something) down to (something) : to say or think that (something) happened because of (something)

Let's put the mistake down to your inexperience and forget about it.

The mistake was put down to [=attributed to] his inexperience.

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Main Entry:put

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ˌput ˈdown derived
(of an aircraft or its pilot) to land

He put down in a field.

Main entry:putderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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