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PUT, pret. and pp. put. Gr.a germ, shoot or twig. We find the same word in the L. puto, to prune, that is, to thrust off, also to think or consider, that is, to set in the mind, as we use suppose, L. supono. But we see the English sense more distinctly in the compounds, imputo, to impute, that is, to put to or on computo, to compute, to put together. The L. posui, from pono, is probably a dialectical orthography of the same root.

1. To set, lay or place in a general sense. Thus we say, to put the hand to the face to put a book on the shelf to put a horse in the stable to put fire to the fuel to put clothes on the body. God planted a garden and there he put Adam.
2. Put is applicable to state or condition, as well as to place. Put him in a condition to help himself. Put the fortress in a state of defense. The apostles were put in trust with the gospel. We are often put in jeopardy by our own ignorance or rashness. We do not always put the best men in office.
3. To repose.

How wilt thou--put thy trust on Egypt for chariots?

2 Kings 18 .

4. To push into action.

Thank him who puts me, loth, to this revenge.

5. To apply to set to employment.

No man having put his hand to the plow,and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9 .

6. To throw or introduce suddenly. He had no time to put in a word.
7. To consign to letters.

He made a proclamation--and put it also in writing.

2 Chronicles 36 .

8. To oblige to require.

We are put to prove things which can hardly be made plainer.

9. To incite to instigate to urge by influence. The appearance of a formidable enemy put the king on making vigorous preparations for defense.

This put me upon observing the thickness of the glass.

These wretches put us upon all mischief, to feed their lusts and extravagances.

10. To propose as, to put a question to the witness to put a case in point.
11. To reach to another. Habakkuk 2
12. To bring into a state of mind or temper.

Solyman, to put the Rhodians out of all suspicion of invasion--

13. To offer to advance.

I am ashamed to put a loose indigested play upon the public--

14. To cause.

The natural constitutions of men put a wide difference between them.

To put about, to turn, to change the course to gibe ship.

To put by, to turn away to divert.

The design of the evil one is to put thee by from thy spiritual employment.

A fright hath put by an ague fit.

1. To thrust aside.

Jonathan had died for being so,

Had not just God put by th' unnatural blow.

To put down, to baffle to repress to crush as, to put down a party.

1. To degrade to deprive of authority, power or place.
2. To bring into disuse.

Sugar hath put down the use of honey.

3. To confute to silence.

Mark now how a plain tale shall put you down.

To put forth, to propose to offer to notice.

Sampson said, I will now put forth a riddle to you. Judges 14 .

1. To extend to reach as, to put forth the hand.
2. To shoot out to send out, as a sprout as, to put forth leaves.
3. To exert to bring into action as, to put forth strength.
4. To publish, as a book.

To put in, to introduce among others as, to put in a word while others are discoursing.

1. To insert as, to put in a passage or clause to put in a cion.
2. To conduct into a harbor.

To put in fear, to affright to make fearful.

To put in mind, to remind to call to remembrance.

To put in practice, to use to exercise as, to put in practice the maxims of the wise man.

To put into another's hands, to trust to commit to the care of.

To put off, to divest to lay aside as, to put off a robe to put off mortality or the mortal body to put off haughty airs.

1. To turn aside from a purpose or demand to defeat or delay by artifice.

I hoped for a demonstration, but Themistices hopes to put me off with a harangue.

This is n unreasonable demand, and we might put him off with this answer.

2. To delay to defer to postpone. How generally do men put off the care of their salvation to future opportunities!
3. To pass fallaciously to cause to be circulated or received as, to put off upon the world some plausible reports or ingenious theory.
4. To discard.

The clothiers all put off

The spinsters, carders, fullers, weavers--

5. To recommend to vend to obtrude.
6. To vend to sell.
7. To pass into other hands as, to put off a counterfeit coin or note.
8. To push from land as, to put off the boat.

To put on or upon, to impute to charge as, to put one's own crime or blame on another.

1. To invest with, as clothes or covering as, to put on a cloke.
2. To assume as, to put on a grave countenance to put on a counterfeit appearance.

Mercury--put on the shape of a man.

3. To forward to promote.

This came handsomely to put on the peace.

4. To impose to inflict.

That which thou puttest on me, I will bear. 2 Kings 18 .

To be put upon, to be imposed on to be deceived used chiefly in the passive form.put over, to refer to send.

For the certain knowledge of that truth,

I put you o'er to heaven and to my mother.

1. To defer to postpone. The court put over the cause to the next term.

To put out, to place at interest to lend at use. Money put out at compound interest, nearly doubles in eleven years.

1. To extinguish as, to put out a candle, lamp or fire to put out the remains of affection.
2. To send to emit to shoot as a bud or sprout as, to put out leaves.
3. To extend to reach out to protrude as, to put out the hand.
4. To drive out to expel to dismiss.

When I am put out of the stewardship. Luke 16 .

5. To publish to make public as, to put out a pamphlet. Not vulgar.
6. To confuse to disconcert to interrupt as, to put one out in reading or speaking.

To put out the eyes, to destroy the power of sight to render blind.

To put to, to add to unite as, to put one sum to another.

1. To refer to to expose as, to put the fate of the army or nation to a battle to put the safety of the state to hazard.
2. To punish by to distress by as, to put a man to the rack or torture.

To put to it, to distress to press hard to perplex to give difficulty to.

O gentle lady, do not put me to 't.

To be put to it, in the passive form, to have difficulty.

I shall be hard put to it to bring myself off.

To put the hand to, to apply to take hold to begin to undertake as, to put the hand to the plow. See Deuteronomy 12:7 .

1. To take by theft or wrong to embezzle.

Then shall an oath of the Lord be between them both, that he hath not put his hand to his neighbor's goods. Exodus 22

To put to the sword, to kill to slay.

To put to death, to kill.

To put to a stand, to stop to arrest by obstacles or difficulties.

To put to trial, or on trial, to bring before a court and jury for examination and decision.

1. To bring to a test to try.

To put together, to unite in a sum, mass or compound to add as, to put two sums together put together the ingredients.

1. To unite to connect. Put the two chains together.
2. To place in company or in one society.

To put trust in, to confide in to repose confidence in.

To put up, to pass unavenged to overlook not to punish or resent as, to put up injuries to put up indignities.

Such national injuries are not to be put up, but when the offender is below resentment.

I have never heard this phrase used in America. We always say, to put up with we cannot put up with such injuries.

1. To send forth or shoot up, as plants as, to put up mushrooms.
2. To expose to offer publicly as, to put up goods to sale or auction.
3. To start from a cover.
4. To hoard.

Himself never put up any of the rent.

5. To reposit for preservation as, to put up apples for winter.
6. To pack to reposit in casks with salt for preservation as, to put up pork, beef or fish.
7. To hide or lay aside. Put up that letter.
8. To put in a trunk or box to pack as, to put up clothing for a journey.

PUT, To go or move as, when the air first puts up.

1. To steer.

His fury thus appeas'd, he puts to land.

2. To shoot to germinate.

The sap puts downward.

To put forth, to shoot to bud to germinate.

Take earth from under walls where nettles put forth.

1. To leave a port or haven.

To put in, to enter a harbor to sail into port.

1. To offer a claim. A puts in for a share of profits.

To put in for, to offer one's self to stand as a candidate for.

To put off, to leave land.

To put on, to urge motion to drive vehemently.

To put over, to sail over or across.

To put to sea, to set sail to begin a voyage to advance into the ocean.

To put up, to take lodgings to lodge. We put up at the Golden Ball.

1. To offer one's self as a candidate.

To put up to, to advance to. Little used.

To put up with, to overlook or suffer without recompense, punishment or resentment as, to put up with an injury or affront.

1. To take without opposition or dissatisfaction as, to put up with bad fare.

This verb, in all its uses, retains its primary sense, to set, throw, thrust, send, &c. but its signification is modified in a great variety of ways, by other words standing in connection with it.

PUT, n. An action of distress as a forced put.

1. A game at cards.

PUT, n. A rustic a clown.

PUT, n. A strumpet a prostitute.

Put case, for put the case, suppose the case to be so a vulgar or at least inelegant phrase.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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