put down

put down
phrasal verb
Word forms "put down":
present tense I/you/we/they put down he/she/it puts down present participle putting down past tense put down past participle put down
1) [transitive] to put someone or something onto a surface, especially the floor

Emma put her bag down and went upstairs.

a) [transitive] to criticize someone, especially when other people are present, in a way that makes them feel stupid

He's always trying to put me down.

b) put yourself down to criticize yourself so that people think that you are less good, clever etc than you really are

Stop putting yourself down. You're a very intelligent woman.

3) [transitive] to kill an animal using a drug because it is very old, ill, or dangerous
have something put down:

We're probably going to have the cat put down next week.

a) [transitive] to write something on a piece of paper

I put my name down on the list.

Can you put your phone number down in the book?

b) [transitive] to write someone's name on a list, especially so that they can take part in something
put someone down to do something:

I've put you down to help with the food.

5) [transitive] to pay part of the cost of something and agree to pay the rest later

We've put down a deposit on a new car.

6) [intransitive/transitive] British to stop a car, bus etc and let someone get out of it

Can you put me down by the library?

7) [intransitive/transitive] if an aircraft puts down, or if someone puts it down, it lands
8) put someone down
[transitive] to put a baby in a bed so that it can go to sleep

I put Brigid down for a couple of hours this afternoon.

9) [transitive] British to officially ask parliament or a committee to consider something and make a decision on it
put down a motion/an amendment:

The government put down numerous extensive amendments to the Bill.

10) [transitive] to use force to stop a protest or an attempt by people to take power away from a government or leader

He used tanks to put down an armed uprising last June.

11) can't put something down used for saying that you think a book is so interesting or exciting that you cannot stop reading it
12) put the phone down
a) to put the telephone receiver back onto its base after you have finished talking to someone

She put the phone down and turned to me with a worried expression.

b) put the phone down on someone to end a telephone conversation with someone before they have finished speaking

How dare he put the phone down on me!

English dictionary. 2014.


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