2 to cause someone or something to be in a particular situation or state
A great goal put Liverpool ahead.
put someone in a difficult/awkward/embarrassing position: I wish you hadn’t told me – it puts me in a really difficult position.
put someone/something at risk/in jeopardy/in danger: Several jobs have been put in jeopardy as a result of the merger.
put someone in charge/control/command (of someone/something): She was put in charge of the marketing department.
put someone under pressure/strain/stress (=make someone feel worried and unable to relax): I hate being put under so much pressure.
put someone to work: He was put to work filing all the papers.
put someone out of business/out of work/out of a job (=make them lose their job or business): Supermarkets have put many smaller shops out of business.
put someone in a good/bad mood (=make someone feel happy/annoyed): That argument put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day.
put something into practice/effect/action/operation etc (=make it start working): There has been a lot of criticism of the way the proposals were put into effect.
put someone at a disadvantage: The law puts farmers in this country at a disadvantage.
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