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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput to
he/she/itputs to
present participleputting to
past tenseput to
past participleput to
  1. 1
    put something to someone to explain a plan or suggestion to a group of people so that they can discuss it and decide whether to accept it or not

    I put the resolution to the meeting.

    put it to someone that:

    I put it to her that their relationship may not have been as good as she thought.

  2. 2
    put something to someone to ask someone a question

    The questions they put to me were quite difficult to answer.

  3. 3
    put someone to trouble/bother/inconvenience to cause problems or difficulties for someone by making them do something for you

    You don't have to give me a lift. I don't want to put you to any trouble.

  4. 4
    put something to the vote to ask people to vote on a proposal

    Despite pressure, the chairperson refused to put the issue to the vote.

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