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put something together
1. Lit. to assemble something. How long will it take to put dinner together? This model was put together incorrectly.
2. Fig. to consider some facts and arrive at a conclusion. I couldn't put everything together to figure out the answer in time. When I put together all the facts, I found the answer.
1. Build, assemble, create, as in We put together the new bookcase, or This writer can't put together a coherent sentence. [First half of 1500s]
2. Combine mentally, as in Once she put this and that together she knew exactly what had happened. [First half of 1600s] Also see put our heads together; put two and two together.
put toˈgetherused when comparing or contrasting somebody/something with a group of other people or things to mean ‘combined’ or ‘in total’: Your department spent more last year than all the others put together.
1. To construct or create something out of pieces or parts: The carpenter put together a new bookcase. The broker put a revised insurance package together.
2. To group together some set of people or things: Let's put the children together in the guest room.
3. To understand something by considering many pieces of information or ideas: The police reviewed the clues presented by the evidence, but couldn't put them together. The jury tried to put together all of the facts.