from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Used other than as an idiom: see put,‎ down.
  • v. To insult, belittle, or demean.
  • v. To pay.
  • v. To halt, eliminate, stop, or squelch, often by force.
  • v. To euthanize (an animal).
  • v. To write (something).
  • v. To terminate a call; to hang up.
  • v. To add a name to a list.
  • v. To make prices, or taxes, lower.
  • v. To place a baby somewhere to sleep.
  • v. To land.
  • v. To drop someone off, or let them out of a vehicle.
  • v. To cease, temporarily or permanently, reading (a book).
  • n. Alternative spelling of put-down.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put (an animal) to death
  • v. cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
  • v. leave or unload
  • v. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
  • v. cause to come to the ground
  • v. put in a horizontal position
  • v. put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
  • v. make a record of; set down in permanent form


From put + down (Wiktionary)


  • At this time the Gauls are quiet, my father having put down a revolt among the Aquitani last year, but I quail to think what might yet happen if the Gauls get wind of my command and inexperience.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Stuey put down $50,000 in cash and financed the rest under a no-qualifying loan.

    One of a Kind

  • Val swallowed and put down her glass, and spoke in the most matter-of-fact-possible voice.

    The Women’s Room

  • He put down his cup and licked his lips with a brief, saurine movement of his tongue.

    Over the Edge

  • He put down a revolt of satraps in Asia Minor and reconquered Egypt before he was assassinated.

    Alexander the Great

  • I put down the magazine and appealed to Coelle, who was usually the voice of reason.

    The 310: Boy Trouble

  • At that Mrs. G put down het spoon and fork and that was that.

    Barbara Bush

  • After the death of Xerxes in 465, the borders of the Persian Empire remained largely unchanged, though there were frequent internal revolts put down by every Great King until Darius III took the throne in 336, the same year Alexander became king of Macedonia.

    Alexander the Great

  • After a series of incompetent generals failed to put down the second rebellion, the consul Manius Aquilius rose to the occasion.

    The Spartacus War

  • He put down the case of Joan Flanders and turned to the far more devastating photos and diagrams of Jack Strong and Mitzi Reilly.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set


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