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put into

1. To place, insert, or load someone or something inside of something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "into." Will you put the clean dishes into the cupboards for me, please? He put his little sister into the box and pretended he would make her disappear like a magician.
2. To commit someone to an official place of confinement or custody. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "into." I can't believe my children put me into a nursing home, just because I had that big fall! They threatened to put him into a mental hospital if he ever spoke of what happened.
3. To move or set something into a particular position, state, or form. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "into." Be sure to put the car into neutral before you take your foot off the clutch. I'm not very good at saying what I feel, so I put my emotions into song.
4. To use up some resource, especially time or money, to accomplish some task. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "into." I've put more hours into this project than I care to count. We're putting our own money into this movie, so we want to make sure we earn it back.
5. Of a boat, to enter and moor in some harbor or the city thereof. After nearly ten days at sea, we finally put into Sidney to restock supplies and spend some time on land. Make sure you secure the mooring lines properly when we put into port—last time, the boat nearly drifted away.
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put someone or something into something

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to insert or install someone or something into something. The magician put the woman into the cabinet and locked the door. She put in the woman and locked the cabinet.
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put into

v.
1. To place someone or something on the inside of or within something: He put the plates into the dishwasher. Don't put too many eggs into the batter. Her family put her into a sanatorium when she contracted tuberculosis.
2. To set something into some state or position: Put the car into reverse and back out of the driveway. I can't put my ideas into words.
3. To spend or expend something at some task: I put all of my spare time into fixing the roof.
4. To enter some port or harbor. Used of sailing vessels: The ship will put into Boston Harbor tomorrow.
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