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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput into
he/she/itputs into
present participleputting into
past tenseput into
past participleput into
  1. 1
    put something into something to spend a particular amount of time doing something, or to make a particular amount of effort in order to do something

    I put a lot of work into the speech.

  2. 2
    put something into something to improve something by adding a particular quality to it

    I want to put some excitement back into my life.

    Try and put some enthusiasm into your work.

  3. 3
    put something into something to invest money in something

    How much are you prepared to put into the business?

  4. 4
    put someone into something to choose someone for a job or position, especially an important one

    John had been put into a job that in fact he was born to do.

  5. 5
    put into something if a ship puts into a port, it stops there
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