Definition of Put down

1. Verb. Cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place. "Set down your bags here"

Exact synonyms: Place Down, Set Down
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Specialized synonyms: Flump, Plank, Plonk, Plop, Plump, Plump Down, Plunk, Plunk Down

2. Verb. Put in a horizontal position. "Lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
Exact synonyms: Lay, Repose
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Specialized synonyms: Rail, Lay, Blow, Bury, Entomb, Inhume, Inter, Lay To Rest, Rebury
Causes: Lie
Also: Lay Aside, Lay Away, Lay Over, Put, Repose On

3. Verb. Cause to come to the ground. "The pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
Exact synonyms: Bring Down, Land
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation
Causes: Land, Set Down
Generic synonyms: Arrive, Come, Get
Derivative terms: Land, Landing

4. Verb. Reduce in worth or character, usually verbally. "His critics took him down after the lecture"
Exact synonyms: Degrade, Demean, Disgrace, Take Down
Generic synonyms: Abase, Chagrin, Humble, Humiliate, Mortify
Specialized synonyms: Reduce, Dehumanise, Dehumanize
Derivative terms: Degradation, Degradation, Put-down, Takedown

5. Verb. Leave or unload. "Drop off the passengers at the hotel"
Exact synonyms: Discharge, Drop, Drop Off, Set Down, Unload
Generic synonyms: Deliver
Specialized synonyms: Wharf, Air-drop
Derivative terms: Drop

6. Verb. Put (an animal) to death. "The sick cat had to be put down"
Exact synonyms: Destroy
Generic synonyms: Kill

7. Verb. Put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc..
Exact synonyms: Get Down, Set Down, Write Down
Generic synonyms: Write
Specialized synonyms: Transcribe, Notate, Dash Down, Dash Off, Note, Take Down

8. Verb. Make a record of; set down in permanent form.

Definition of Put down

1. Verb. (&lit put down) ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To insult, belittle, or demean. ¹

3. Verb. (context: of money as deposit) To pay. ¹

4. Verb. To halt, eliminate, stop, or squelch, often by force. ¹

5. Verb. (euphemistic) To euthanize (an animal). ¹

6. Verb. To write (something). ¹

7. Verb. (context: of a telephone) To terminate a call; to hang up. ¹

8. Verb. To add a name to a list. ¹

9. Verb. To make prices, or taxes, lower. ¹

10. Verb. (idiomatic) To place a baby somewhere to sleep. ¹

11. Verb. (idiomatic of an aircraft) To land. ¹

12. Verb. (idiomatic) To drop someone off, or let them out of a vehicle. ¹

13. Verb. (idiomatic) To cease, temporarily or permanently, reading (a book). ¹

14. Noun. (alternative spelling of put-down) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Put Down

put a lid on it
put a sock in it
put a stop to
put about
put across
put all one's eggs in one basket
put an end to
put aside
put at ease
put away
put back
put behind bars
put by
put case
put differently
put down (current term)
put down for
put down roots
put down to
put downs
put food on the table
put forth
put forward
put hair on someone's chest
put heads together
put horns on
put in
put in motion
put in place
put in practice

Literary usage of Put down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (1863)
"History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries. To speak only of religious ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"... 1920, the council advertised for bids for the construction of said sidewalks, and were proceeding to have the sidewalks put down at plaintiffs' expense. ..."

3. On Liberty by John Stuart ( Mill (1913)
"The Lollards wer« put down. The Hussites were pol down. Even after the era of Lui hit wherever persecution was persisted in, it was successful. ..."

4. The Parliamentary Debates by Great Britain Parliament (1906)
"Any day after this Order comes into operation on which the Plural Voting Bill is put down as the first Order of the Day, shall be considered as an allotted ..."

5. The History of the Norman Conquest of England: Its Causes and Its Results by Edward Augustus Freeman (1876)
"... have of the The revolts steps by which all these movements were put down. ... were put down, and that they were put down without any great difficulty. ..."

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