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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyput back
he/she/itputs back
present participleputting back
past tenseput back
past participleput back
  1. 1
    to put something in the place where it was before it was moved

    Can you put the book back when you've finished with it?

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of put back
  2. 2
    to change the time or date of an event so that it happens later than originally planned

    We've put the trip back until June now.

    1. a.
      to make something happen later than it should happen

      The fire has put back the opening of the theatre by several months.

  3. 3
    to change the time of a clock or watch to an earlier time

    The children put back all the clocks in the house so they could stay up later!

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of put back
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