put down to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyput down to
he/she/itputs down to
present participleputting down to
past tenseput down to
past participleput down to
  1. 1
    put something down to something if you put something down to a particular reason, you think it has happened for that reason

    I put his irritability down to tiredness.

  2. 2
    put something down to experience to decide not to be affected by an unpleasant experience, but to accept that such things happen and cannot be avoided
See also main entry: put