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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput through
he/she/itputs through
present participleputting through
past tenseput through
past participleput through
  1. 1
    put someone through something to make someone do or experience something difficult or unpleasant

    Children shouldn’t be put through the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

    The team are put through a daily fitness programme.

    put someone through hell (=make someone have an extremely unpleasant experience):

    He’s put me through absolute hell during the last year.

    put someone through it (=make someone experience something unpleasant):

    He really put Jones through it when the reports were late.

  2. 2
    put someone/something through something to test someone or something in order to make sure everything is working correctly

    He was put through a series of tests to discover what was wrong with him.

    The drug has been put through several trials.

  3. 3
    if you put a person or call through, you connect someone to the person they want to speak to on the telephone

    The switchboard operator refused to put the call through.

    put someone/something through to someone:

    Can you put me through to the accounts department, please?

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  4. 4
    to make it certain that something is accepted, approved, or successfully completed

    Their huge majority means they can put through virtually any legislation they want.

    put something through something:

    A string of similar measures had already been put through Parliament.

  5. 5
    put someone through school/university/college to pay for someone to be a student at a school, university, or college
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