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also: present participle putting past tense & past participle put
American English: /pʊt/
British English: /pʊt/

Translation of put in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (to place)
    (with care, precision etc)
    (inside something)
    put the picture higher up
    coloca or pon el cuadro más arriba
    she put the ornaments on the shelf
    colocó or puso los adornos sobre el estante
    to put something in the oven
    poner or meter algo en el horno
    where shall I put the suitcase?
    ¿dónde pongo la maleta?
    where did I put that letter?
    ¿dónde habré puesto esa carta?
    she put the documents in the safe
    puso or guardó los documentos en la caja fuerte
    we put an ad in the paper
    pusimos un anuncio en el periódico
    did you put salt in it?
    ¿le pusiste or le echaste sal?
    she puts sugar in her coffee
    toma el café con azúcar
    he put his hand on my shoulder
    me puso la mano en el hombro
    put the lid on the box
    ponle la tapa a la caja
    I put a coat of paint on the door
    le di una mano de pintura a la puerta
    he put it in his mouth
    se lo puso en la boca
    I put myself on the list
    me apunté or me puse en la lista
    she put the bottle to her lips
    se llevó la botella a los labios
    I've put you in the spare room
    te he puesto en el cuarto de huéspedes
    I put her on the train
    la acompañé hasta el tren
    not to know where to put oneself o (in American English also) one's face [colloquial]
    no saber dónde ponerse or meterse
    to put something behind one
    olvidar or superar algo
    1.2 (to install, to fit) we put a shower in the bathroom
    pusimos una ducha en el baño
    1.3to put something in somebody/somethingI put my trust in you
    puse or [literary] deposité mi confianza en ti
    I don't put much faith in conventional medicine
    no le tengo mucha fe a la medicina convencional
    Example sentences
    • He moved closer, putting his one strong hand on her face.
    • He moved to put himself between her and the gunman.
    • Don't put your fingers too close to the screen.
  • 2 2.1 (with parts of the body) See examples: he put his arms around her
    la abrazó
    she put her head around the door/out of the window
    asomó la cabeza por la puerta/por la ventana
    he put his hand in(to) his pocket
    se metió or se puso la mano en el bolsillo
    she put her head through the bars
    sacó la cabeza por entre las rejas
    he put his hand up the pipe
    metió la mano en el tubo
    2.2 (to send, to propel) See examples: he put the ball into the net
    lanzó la pelota a la red
    one false move and I'll put a bullet in you! [colloquial]
    ¡un movimiento en falso y te meto una bala!
    they put a bullet through his head
    le atravesaron la cabeza de un balazo
    she put a brick through the window
    rompió la ventana con un ladrillo
    2.3 (Sport)to put the shot
    lanzar el peso
  • 3 (to cause to be, cause to become) the doctor put me on a diet
    el doctor me puso a régimen
    he was put on guard duty
    lo pusieron de guardia
    this puts them at a disadvantage/in a difficult situation
    esto los pone en desventaja/en una situación difícil
    it's not easy to put it into English
    no es fácil traducirlo al inglés
    no es fácil expresarlo en inglés
    she put her hair in a ponytail
    se hizo una cola de caballo
    he puts his time to good use
    hace buen uso de su tiempo
    Example sentences
    • He was putting himself and other road users in grave danger.
    • Anyone who goes into the test without having a solid understanding of ‘how it works’ is putting themselves at a disadvantage.
    • A job seeker that doesn't take advantage of this opportunity is putting themselves at a big disadvantage.
    Example sentences
    • This way you're putting the load on to the contractor.
    • But, crucially, it follows a similar logic of putting the responsibility on to parents to break cycles of deprivation through the sheer force of their parenting skills.
    • This deal puts the focus back on to the team's future potential.
  • 4 (to cause to do, to obligate)to put somebody to somethingI don't want to put you to any trouble
    no quiero causarle ninguna molestia
    he put us to a great deal of expense
    nos causó or nos ocasionó muchos gastos
    I put her/them to work
    la/los puse a trabajar
    death 1 shame 1 1 test 1 1 3
  • 5 5.1 (to instil)to put something in(to) somethingwho put that idea into your head?
    ¿quién te metió esa idea en la cabeza?
    it was that remark that put the suspicion in her mind
    fue ese comentario el que la hizo sospechar
    technically she's very good, but she doesn't put enough feeling into it
    técnicamente es muy buena, pero le falta sensibilidad or sentimiento
    5.2 (to cause to have)to put something on somethingto put a shine on something
    sacarle or darle brillo a algo
    to put something in(to) somethingthe fresh air put some color into his cheeks
    el aire fresco les dio un poco de color a sus mejillas
    she put a wave in my hair
    me hizo una onda en el pelo
    you've put a hole in it
    le has hecho un agujero
    I put a dent in the bumper
    abollé el parachoques
  • 6 6.1 (to rank) she puts herself first
    se pone ella primero or en primer lugar
    to put something above/before somethingI put honesty above all other virtues
    para mí la honestidad está por encima de todas las demás virtudes
    valoro la honestidad por encima de todo
    he puts his art before everything else
    para él su arte está antes que nada or es lo primero
    antepone su arte a todo
    6.2 (in competitions, elections) See examples: this victory puts them into the lead
    con esta victoria pasan a ocupar la delantera
    the final count put the Republicans second
    luego del escrutinio final los Republicanos quedaron en segundo lugar
    6.3 (to estimate) See examples: he puts the cost somewhat higher
    calcula que el costo sería algo mayor
    to put something at somethingthe organizers put the number of demonstrators at 200,000
    según los organizadores, el número de manifestantes fue de 200.000
    I'd put the figure at closer to $40,000
    yo diría que la cifra es más cercana a los 40.000 dólares
    Example sentences
    • Surely no figure can be put on the value of the experience and commitment of the Peterhead officers.
    • I have no reference points to start figuring out how to put a dollar value on something like that.
    • While it is difficult to put an exact figure on the total of undocumented Irish in the United States it's been estimated that there are tens of thousands.
  • 7 (to express) as Jane puts it
    como dice Jane
    her designs are, how shall I put it, unusual
    sus diseños son, cómo te diría, diferentes
    I don't know how to put this
    no sé cómo decirlo
    let me put it another way
    digámoslo de otro modo
    (let me) put it this way: I wouldn't invite him again
    te digo lo siguiente: no lo volvería a invitar
    to put something well/badly
    expresar algo bien/mal
    it's very succinctly put
    está expresado de manera muy sucinta
    Example sentences
    • As ever, the finely nuanced statement did not put matters quite so bluntly.
    • As some perceptive reviewer put it, Barry writes like an angel, but an angel on the side of the fallen.
    • Another distinguished citizen, who prefers not to be named, puts it another way.
  • 8 8.1 (to invest) See examples:to put something into something
    invertir algo en algo
    we've put $15 million into this project
    hemos invertido 15 millones de dólares en este proyecto
    I've put a lot of time into it
    le he dedicado mucho tiempo
    he puts great effort into his work
    se esfuerza mucho en su trabajo
    she had put a lot of thought into it
    lo había pensado mucho
    había cavilado mucho sobre el asunto
    you won't get much out of life unless you put a lot into it
    no vas a sacar mucho de la vida si no te lo propones
    8.2 (to bet, to stake) See examples:to put something on something
    apostar or jugarse algo a algo
    he put his whole salary on a horse
    apostó or se jugó todo el sueldo a un caballo
    8.3 (to contribute) See examples:to put something toward something
    contribuir con or poner algo para algo
    she put $50 toward the drinks
    contribuyó con or puso 50 dólares para las bebidas
  • 9 9.1 (to assign, to attribute)to put something on somethingI couldn't put a price on it
    no sabría decir cuánto vale
    I put a high value on our friendship
    valoro mucho nuestra amistad
    it's difficult to put a date on it
    es difícil establecer de qué fecha data
    9.2 (to impose)to put something on something/somebodythe decision to put a special duty on these goods
    la decisión de gravar estos artículos con un impuesto especial
    don't put the blame on me!
    ¡no me eches la culpa a mí!
    ¡no me culpes a mí!
    that put a great strain on their relationship
    eso sometió su relación a una gran tensión
    they put pressure on him to accept the terms
    lo presionaron para que aceptara las condiciones
    9.3 (to add) (British English) to put something on something/somebodythis will put 20p on a bottle of wine
    con esto una botella de vino va a costar 20 peniques más
    the experience put ten years on her
    la experiencia la hizo envejecer diez años or le echó diez años encima
  • 10 (to write, to indicate, to mark) what shall I put?
    ¿qué pongo?
    put a comma here
    pon una coma aquí
    did you put your address on the back of the envelope?
    ¿puso su dirección en el reverso del sobre?
    she put a line through the word
    tachó la palabra
    Example sentences
    • It may also be pointed out that it was quite possible to register employees who were not really employed, by putting all sorts of names on a staff list for the sake of meeting the requirement.
    • It does not matter which candidate's name you elect to put your cross against so long as you make your choice.
    • The organisers had named four for every position and then over to you to put X over the name of your choice.
  • 11 (to present)
    to put something before somebody/somethingthe plan will have to be put before the committee
    habrá que presentar el plan ante la comisión
    I decided to put my complaint before the director
    decidí presentar mi queja al director
    to put something to somebodyto put a question to somebody
    hacerle una pregunta a alguien
    the employers' offer will be put to a mass meeting
    la oferta de la patronal será sometida a votación en una asamblea
    I put it to you that … [formal]
    mi opinión es que …
    I put it to him straight [colloquial]
    se lo dije sin rodeos

intransitive verb

  • (Nautical)to put to sea we were forced to put back to port
    nos vimos forzados a volver al puerto

Phrasal verbs

put about

1verb + object + adverb 1.1 (Nautical)
hacer virar en redondo
1.2 (spread) [colloquial]
hacer correr or circular
to put it about that …
hacer correr la voz de que …
2verb + adverb (Nautical)
virar en redondo
cambiar de borda

put across

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
to put something across to somebody
hacerle entender algo a alguien
how can I put it across to her that … ?
¿cómo puedo hacerle entender que … ?
she tries to put herself across as a liberated woman
quiere dar la impresión de que es una mujer liberada
she has the knack of putting herself across to people
sabe comunicarse con la gente
she puts herself across very well in an interview
sabe presentarse muy bien or causar muy buena impresión en una entrevista
2put over 2

put aside

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (lay to one side)
dejar a un lado
1.2 (reserve)
1.3 (disregard, forget)
dejar de lado

put away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.2 (save) 1.3 (consume) [colloquial]
zamparse [colloquial]
I've never seen anybody put it away like that
nunca he visto a nadie engullir de esa manera
1.4 (confine) [colloquial]
(American English) [euphemistic] (animal)

put back

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (replace)
volver a poner
put it back where you found it
vuelve a ponerlo donde lo encontraste
put that back!
¡deja eso!
1.2 (reset) 1.3 (delay, retard)
1.4 (postpone)
2verb + object + adverb (American English) he was put back a year
lo hicieron repetir el año

put by

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

put down

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (set down)
she put the package down on the table
puso or depositó el paquete sobre la mesa
it's one of those books you can't put down
es uno de esos libros que no se puede parar de leer
1.2 (lay)
1.3 (lower)
could you put me down on the corner?
¿me deja en la esquina?
1.5 (write down)
have you put me down on the list?
¿me has puesto or anotado or apuntado en la lista?
put it down on paper
ponlo por escrito
they put the boy down for Eton at birth
inscribieron al niño en Eton cuando nació
1.6 (assess) See examples:to put somebody down as something
catalogar a alguien de algo
he immediately put her down as a snob
enseguida la catalogó de esnob
1.7 (attribute) See examples:to put something down to something
atribuirle algo a algo
I can only put it down to her shyness
solo puedo atribuírselo a su timidez
1.8 (table)
1.9 (in part payment)
to put money down as a deposit
dejar un depósito
to put something down on somethingwe put down a 10% deposit on the painting
entregamos or dejamos un depósito del 10% para el cuadro
1.10 (suppress)
1.11 (destroy)
(British English) [euphemistic] (animal)
2verb + object + adverb (belittle, humiliate)
I don't mean to put their efforts down, but …
no quiero quitarle mérito a or menospreciar lo que han hecho, pero …
why are you always putting yourself down?
¿por qué te menosprecias?
3verb + adverb (Aviation)

put forth

verb + adverb + object
he put forth his hand
extendió la mano

put forward

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (present)
1.2 (propose) 1.3 (reset)
1.4 (advance)

put in

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (install)
(central heating/shower unit)
1.2 (bring to power)
llevar al poder
1.3 (plant)
1.4 (enter, submit)
I've put myself in for the tournament
me he anotado or inscrito en el campeonato
appearance 1 1
1.5 (invest) See examples: she puts in a 60-hour week
trabaja or hace 60 horas por semana
teachers put in many hours correcting homework
los maestros dedican muchas horas a corregir deberes
they put $5 million in renovating the premises
invirtieron 5 millones de dólares en la renovación del local
1.6 (insert, add)
I agree, put in Joe
—yo estoy de acuerdo —terció Joe
2verb + adverb 2.1 (Nautical)
hacer escala
the ship put in at Buenos Aires
el barco hizo escala en Buenos Aires
2.2 (apply) See examples:to put in for something
solicitar algo
I put in for a transfer
solicité un traslado

put off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (postpone) do it now, don't put it off until later
hazlo ahora, no lo dejes para más tarde
to put off -ingI keep putting off going to the dentist
siempre estoy aplazando ir al dentista
they keep putting off signing the contract
siguen aplazando la firma del contrato
siguen dándole largas a la firma del contrato
1.2 (stall) (visitor/creditor)if Saturday isn't convenient, I can put them off
si el sábado no es conveniente, puedo decirles que lo dejen para más adelante
I'm not going to be put off any longer!
¡no aceptaré más excusas!
1.3 (turn off)
(British English) (light)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (discourage) See examples: I'd love to see them, but the thought of the journey puts me off
me encantaría verlos, pero pensar en el viaje me quita las ganas
people get put off by all the technical jargon
la gente se desanima con toda esa jerga técnica
the smell was enough to put anyone off
tenía un olor que daba asco or que te quitaba las ganas de acercarte ( or probarlo etc)
her accent puts a lot of people off
su acento produce una reacción de rechazo en mucha gente
once she's made her mind up, she's not easily put off
una vez que se ha decidido, no es fácil disuadirla or hacerla cambiar de idea
are you trying to put me off her?
¿estás tratando de que le tome antipatía?
2.2 (distract)
he's trying to put me off my serve
está tratando de que falle en el saque
2.3 (from bus)
(force to get off)
hacer bajar

put on

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1
put your coat on you can put your clothes back on now
puede vestirse
I'll put the soup on
voy a poner la sopa a calentar
she suddenly put the brakes on
frenó de repente
put the handbrake on
pon el freno de mano
1.3 (gain) See examples: I've put on four kilos
he engordado cuatro kilos
hasn't he put on weight!
¡cómo ha engordado!
she's put ten years on in the last few months
ha envejecido diez años en estos últimos meses
1.4 (produce, present)
poner en escena [formal]
1.5 (assume)
she put on a show of anger
fingió estar furiosa
she puts on such airs!
¡se da unos aires!
he's not hurt: he's just putting it on
no le pasa nada, está haciendo teatro or está fingiendo
he put on a foreign accent
fingió tener acento extranjero
1.6 (operate)
2verb + object + adverb 2.1 (connect) (Telecom)Mr Jones to speak to you — put him on, would you?
el señor Jones quiere hablar con usted — pásemelo, por favor
shall I put her on?
¿le paso con ella?
I'll put you on to the sales manager
le paso or lo comunico con el jefe de ventas
2.2 (alert)to put somebody on to somebody/somethingsomebody had put the police on to them
alguien había puesto a la policía sobre su pista
who put them on to the fraud?
¿quién les dio la pista or (Southern Cone) les pasó el dato de que había habido fraude?
2.3 (introduce)to put somebody on to somebody/somethingI can put you on to someone who …
puedo ponerte en contacto con una persona que …
she put me onto a shop where …
me dijo de or (Southern Cone) me dio el dato de una tienda donde …
I've started yoga; it was Bob who put me on to it
he empezado a hacer yoga; fue Bob que me lo recomendó
2.4 (tease)
(American English) [colloquial]
tomarle el pelo a [colloquial]
you're putting me on!
¡me estás tomando el pelo! [colloquial]

put out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (put outside)
have you put the cat out?
¿has sacado al gato?
1.2 (set out) 1.3 (extend)
she put out her hand
tendió or alargó la mano
1.4 (dislocate)
zafarse (Chile) (Mexico)
I put my shoulder out
me disloqué or (in Chile, Mexico also) me zafé un hombro
1.5 (extinguish)
1.6 (render unconscious) [colloquial]
dejar sin sentido
(before operation)
that right hook put him out for the count
ese gancho de derecha lo dejó fuera de combate
1.7 (distort) See examples: the new prices have put all our estimates out
los nuevos precios significan que nuestros cálculos son ahora erróneos
this has put out all my plans
esto me ha desbaratado todos los planes
1.8 (in baseball)
poner 'out'
1.9 (offend, upset) she was most put out
se molestó or se ofendió mucho
1.10 (inconvenience) don't put yourself out!
¡no te molestes!
she's always putting herself out for other people
siempre se está molestando por los demás
1.11 (issue, publish)
we'll be putting out a special issue
vamos a sacar or publicar un número especial
they have put out a description of the suspect
han dado a conocer una descripción del sospechoso
1.12 (broadcast) 1.13 (pass on) See examples: they put the work out to contract
subcontrataron el trabajo
the contract is being put out to tender
van a llamar a concurso or a licitación para la
1.14 (lend)
1.15 (generate) 1.16 (sprout)
2 verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (expel)
the guard put him out of the building
el guardia lo sacó or lo echó del local
you can put that idea out of your head
puedes sacarte esa idea de la cabeza
3verb + adverb 3.1 (Nautical) to put out to sea 3.2 (consent to have sex)
(American English) [slang]

put over

1 1.1put across 1 1.2 (American English) put off 1 1 2verb + object + adverb (trick) See examples: to put one over on somebody [colloquial]
engañar a alguien
pasar a alguien (Latin America) [colloquial]

put past

verb + object + preposition + object
not to put it past somebody, do you think she'll tell them? — I wouldn't put it past her
¿te parece que se lo dirá? — no me extrañaría nada or la creo muy capaz
I wouldn't put it past him to ignore the rules
lo creo muy capaz de hacer caso omiso de las normas

put through

1verb + object + preposition + object 1.1 (make undergo)
someter a
to put somebody through it [colloquial]
hacérselas pasar (mal) a alguien
1.2 (send to)
mandar a
they borrowed money to put her through college
se endeudaron para mandarla a la universidad
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (connect) (Telecom)if there's a call from Rome, put it straight through
si llaman de Roma, páseme la llamada enseguida
she put me through to the manager
me comunicó or me pasó or (in River Plate area also) me dio con el gerente
2.2 (complete, achieve)

put together

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 1.1 (assemble)
(machine/piece of furniture)
1.2 (create)
2 (combine) the necklace cost more than everything else put together
el collar costó más que todo lo demás junto

put under

verb + object + adverb

put up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (build, erect)
1.2 (hang)
1.4 (raise)
she put up her collar
se subió or se levantó el cuello
1.5 (increase)
1.6 (propose) 1.7 (in accommodation) we put up three of the students
alojamos a tres de los estudiantes
tres de los estudiantes se quedaron en casa
I can put them up for the night
se pueden quedar a dormir en casa
pueden pasar la noche en casa
2verb + adverb + object 2.1 (present) See examples: she put up a show of enthusiasm
hizo un alarde de entusiasmo
the team put up a brave performance
el equipo jugó con arrojo or [colloquial] con garra
to put up resistance
ofrecer or oponer resistencia
he didn't put up a struggle
no se resistió
no ofreció or opuso resistencia
she put up a good case for abolition
presentó poderosos argumentos a favor de la abolición
2.2 (advance, provide)
3verb + adverb 3.1 (stay)
(American English) [colloquial]
3.2 (pay stake)
(American English) [colloquial] (el dinero apostado)
to put up or shut up
actuar o callarse or quedarse callado
4 verb + object + adverb (offer) See examples: to put something up for sale
poner algo en venta
he put the painting up for auction
mandó el cuadro a la subasta or (in Latin America also) al remate

put up to

verb + object + adverb + preposition + object
these kids aren't criminals: somebody must have put them up to it
estos chicos no son delincuentes: alguien debe haberles dado la idea or alguien debe haberlos incitado or empujado a ello
she put him up to the idea of claiming the subsidy
ella le sugirió que pidiera la subvención
ella le dio la idea de que pidiera la subvención

put up with

verb + adverb + preposition + object
she'll have to put up with me the way I am
me va a tener que aguantar or soportar como soy

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