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put together

1. verb To build or assemble something; to create something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "together." I thought it would take me less than an hour, but I've been putting this table together all evening! I just need to put an outfit together for my interview tomorrow. Please put together an outline of your plan and have it on my desk by Friday.
2. verb To combine two or more people or things into a pair, group, mixture, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "together." Just make sure you don't put those three together—they always cause trouble when they're in a group. When you put these two chemicals together, you get an explosive reaction.
3. verb To consider or contemplate multiple things in order to arrive at some conclusion or deduction. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "together." There were so many elements to the case that I just couldn't put them all together. When I put all the evidence together, it seemed pretty clear that the firm was lying to me.
4. verb To imagine that two people would make a suitable romantic couple. Usually used in negative, past-tense constructions. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "together." Dan and Billy are going out? Huh, I never would have put those two together.
5. adjective In a stable and successful condition. I can't believe she's had such a terrible addiction problem for so long—she always seemed so put together to me. I always felt inadequate next to my brother, who has always been exceptionally put together in his career and his home life.
6. adjective Very physically attractive, as in one's physique or one's fashion (or both). Wow, you look so well put together in that new suit! I've been really paying attention to my diet, as well as getting enough sleep and exercise, and I feel a lot more put together recently as a result.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

put people or things together

to join or combine people or things. We will put Sam and Trudy together at the dinner table. Let's put all the crystal goblets together.
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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.
See also: put, together
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put together

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

put toˈgether

used 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.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put together

v.
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.
See also: put, together
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
That's when they get so dreadfully mixed, and it's a hard puzzle to put them together again."
And what most men believe now is that Macpherson did really gather from among the people of the Highlands many scraps of ancient poetry and tales, but that he added to them and put them together in such a way as to make them beautiful and touching.
The river was full of logs--long, slender, barkless pine logs--and we leaned on the rails of the bridge, and watched the men put them together into rafts.
Taking nine Squares, each an inch every way, I had put them together so as to make one large Square, with a side of three inches, and I had hence proved to my little Grandson that -- though it was impossible for us to SEE the inside of the Square -- yet we might ascertain the number of square inches in a Square by simply squaring the number of inches in the side: "and thus," said I, "we know that 3^2, or 9, represents the number of square inches in a Square whose side is 3 inches long."
Others landed the timbers intended for the frame of the coasting vessel, and proceeded to put them together, while others prepared a garden spot, and sowed the seeds of various vegetables.
And, to make it all the more difficult to put them together again, I shook up the pieces in a basket.
Put them together, and I'll have more money than ever in my life before.
So you see he put them together, but I'm sure that he would never say that the Bible and Valeria would make a library."
* Put them together: Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper as your daily vinaigrette.
The word hippo means "horse," and potamus means "river." Put them together, and you have a "river horse," our hippopotamus.
How do I put them together?' Students relate to the need for a common unit," he explained.
Put them together and you get one hell of a night of highs and lows.
NICHOLAS SAYS: "This look is so simple I am surprised that Christina hasn't put them together before.
Q I want to make my own Christmas crackers with my kids and was looking for a kit that makes it easy to put them together and lets you choose your own gifts.