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Definition of the verb put in

What does put in mean as a doing phrase?


  1. place, fit, or thrust (something) into another thing
  2. keep or lay aside for future use
  3. break into a conversation
  4. set up for use
    • examples: We put in a new sink | They want to put in the doors
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]I put the book on/under/near the table
      [Agent - being] [Verb] on / upon [Destination] [Theme]They put upon me a brilliant, red helm

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): place, put, set, stick.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of put in: instal / install / set up
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific terms:
      • retrofit = fit in or on an existing structure, such as an older house
      • reinstall = install again
      • put up / post = place so as to be noticed
  5. make an application as for a job or funding
    • example: We put in a grant to the NSF
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonym of put in: submit
    • more generic word: apply = ask
  6. to insert between other elements

Alternative definition of the verb put in


  1. [transitive] To place inside.
  2. [intransitive] To apply, request, or submit.

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Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

SCALE your Pike, gut it and wash it clean, cut it in Pieces, put them into a Stew- pan, with some White wine; take Mushrooms, Truffles, Cives, and Parsley minc'd; season all with Salt and Pepper ; put in also a Piece of Butter, and let them stew ...

Google previewA Dictionary Of The Malayan Language, In 2 Parts, Malayan and English And English and Malayan (1812)

by William Marsden

memāsang to put in activity or use. (Vid. *-G pāsang.) G.u. memāsak to peg; plug. (Vid. Co-opāsak.) 4.1.2 memäsoh and 4...a mem-bāsoh to wash. (Vid. 4. bāsoh.) co-ju. memăpat to hew into shape. (Vid. c.3% pāpat.) - memākei to wear ...

Google previewThe Synonymous, Etymological and Pronouncing. English Dictionary; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals ..... Ectracted from the Laubours of the Late Samuel Johnson (etc.) (1805)

To put in, to interpose;—to drive ...

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It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours. (Sam Ewig)
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