The next word in our vocabulary boost series is PUT. PUT is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of keep, store, collocate or place. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using PUT.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Put someone first – prioritize

Put something politely/kindly – say something in a polite way

Put something to good use – use something well

Put up for sale – try to sell

put something on the table

put something on the shelf

put something in a box

Put someone in jail

Put someone on a list

Put something in its place

Put your hand up

Put someone in a good situation

Put on a brave face


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Put on – dress

I put my shoes on in the morning

Put on – pretend

Don´t be taken in by his lies, he is putting it on

Put on (weight) – get fatter

Alex Peter Huckle has put on a lot of weight recently

Put up – hang

I put the painting up on the wall

Put up with – tolerate

I find it tough to put up with his nonsense

Put out – extinguish

The fire fighter put out the forest fire

Put out – cause extra work for someone

I don´t want to put you out of anything like that

Put back – store in its place

When you are done with your books, put them back in their place

Put down – place on a table (for example)

I put my pen down on the desk

Put down – criticise

Why are you always putting your husband down like that

Put off – be made to stop liking

Watching that movie has put me off my lunch

Put away – keep in a place

Ok everyone. Put away your books




To learn how to use PUT you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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