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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput out
he/she/itputs out
present participleputting out
past tenseput out
past participleput out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something stop burning
    It took firefighters three hours to put out the blaze.
    Please put that cigarette out.
    1. a.
      to switch off a light
      Hannah put the light out and went to sleep.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to put something in a place where someone will see it, so that they can use it or have it
    I put out food for the birds in cold weather.
  3. 4
    [transitive] [usually in negatives or questions]put someone out to cause problems or difficulties for someone by making them do something for you
    It would be great to stay with you, but I don’t want to put you out.
    1. a.
      put yourself out (for someone) to do something to help someone even if it causes problems or difficulties for you
      I don’t see why I should put myself out for him.
      put yourself out to do something: She really put herself out to get everything ready for us.
  4. 6
    [transitive] to produce information for people to read, watch, or hear
    The police has put out a warning about an escaped prisoner.
    The band put out a statement denying rumors of a split.
    1. a.
      to broadcast a program on television or radio
      Most of the stuff they put out isn’t worth watching.
    2. b.
      to publish a book, magazine, or newspaper, or produce a video or CD for sale
      a company that has put out several new titles this year
  5. 7
    [intransitive] impolite if you put out, you agree to have sex with someone
  6. 8
    [transitive]put someone out to defeat a player or team in a game or competition so that they can no longer take part in it
    He was put out in the first round at Wimbledon.
  7. 10
    [transitive] to affect numbers or calculations in a way that makes them incorrect
    If you get one figure wrong it puts the whole calculation out.
  8. 12
    put your hand/arm/foot out to move your hand/arm/foot forward from your body
    She put her hand out to stop herself from falling.
  9. 13
    put the word out informal to tell people about something
    Can you put the word out that the meeting has been canceled.
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