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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
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something stop burning

    It took firefighters three hours to put the blaze out.

    Please put that cigarette out.

  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. 3
    [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 lovely 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. 4
    [transitive] to place something outside your house

    We usually put the cat out at night.

    1. a.
      put the rubbish out to put waste outside your house so that it can be collected and taken away
    2. b.
      put the washing out to hang clothes outside to dry after you have washed them
  5. 5
    [transitive] to produce information for people to read, watch, or hear

    Police have put out a warning about an escaped prisoner.

    The band put out a statement denying rumours of a split.

    1. 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

  6. 6
    [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. 7
    [transitive] put someone out to make someone unconscious by giving them a drug, usually before a medical operation
  8. 8
    [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.

  9. 9
    [intransitive] if a ship puts out, it sails away from a port
  10. 10
    [intransitive] mainly American impolite if you put out, you agree to have sex with someone
  11. 11
    put your back/shoulder etc out to injure your back/shoulder etc by moving a bone out of its position in a joint
  12. 12
    put your hand/arm/foot out to move your hand/arm/foot forwards from your body

    She put her hand out to stop herself from falling.

  13. 13
    put the word out informal to tell people about something

    Can you put the word out that the meeting has been cancelled.

See also main entry: put
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