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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput down
he/she/itputs down
present participleputting down
past tenseput down
past participleput down
  1. 3
    [transitive] to kill an animal using a drug because it is very old, ill, or dangerous
    have something put down:

    We're probably going to have the cat put down next week.

  2. 4
    [transitive] to write something on a piece of paper

    I put my name down on the list.

    Can you put your phone number down in the book?

    1. a.
      [transitive] to write someone's name on a list, especially so that they can take part in something
      put someone down to do something:

      I've put you down to help with the food.

  3. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] British to stop a car, bus etc and let someone get out of it

    Can you put me down by the library?

  4. 8
    [transitive] put someone down to put a baby in a bed so that it can go to sleep

    I put Brigid down for a couple of hours this afternoon.

  5. 9
    [transitive] British to officially ask parliament or a committee to consider something and make a decision on it
    put down a motion/an amendment:

    The government put down numerous extensive amendments to the Bill.

  6. 10
    [transitive] to use force to stop a protest or an attempt by people to take power away from a government or leader

    He used tanks to put down an armed uprising last June.

  7. 12
    put the phone down
    1. a.
    2. b.
      put the phone down on someone to end a telephone conversation with someone before they have finished speaking

      How dare he put the phone down on me!

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