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put (oneself) out

To put in a great deal of effort; to inconvenience oneself or go through a lot of trouble. I don't know why I always put myself out to impress your parents—they never appreciate what I do anyway. Your brother and sister really put themselves out to make your party special, so it would be nice if you showed a little appreciation.
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put out

1. verb To upset, irritate, or inconvenience someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can used between "put" and "out." We don't want to put anybody out, but it's necessary for us to evolve our service as we go along. A: "Do you want to stay at our place while you're in town?" B: "That would be great! So long as it doesn't put you out."
2. verb To generate or create. This computer is powerful, but it puts out an absurd amount of heat.
3. verb, slang To allow others to engage in sexual intercourse with one. (Typically said of a woman.) There are a lot of rumors going around that I put out, but they aren't true.
4. adjective Upset, irritated, or disgruntled. He was feeling pretty put out when he didn't get the promotion. I think my mother is a bit put out with you after the way you behaved at dinner last night.
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put someone out

to distress or inconvenience someone. I'd like to have a ride home, but not if it puts you out. Don't worry. It won't put out anybody.
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put something out

 
1. to emit something. The factory put a lot of fumes out. It put out nasty fumes.
2. to extinguish something on fire. He used flour to put the grease fire out. He put out the fire with flour.
3. to manufacture or produce something. That factory puts electrical supplies out. We put out some very fine products.
4. to publish something. When was this book put out? We put out both books last year.
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put out (about someone or something)

irritated; bothered. John behaved rudely at the party, and the hostess was quite put out. Liz was quite put out about the question.
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put out

to generate [lots of something]. What a great machine. It really puts out! The new laser printer really puts out!
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put one out

1. Inconvenience one, as in Will it put you out if we arrive early? Also see put oneself out. [Mid-1800s]
2. Offend or irritate one, as in His watching television while I visited put me out. [Early 1800s] Also see put out.
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put out

1. Extinguish, as in We put out the fire before we turned in. [Early 1500s]
2. Also, put to sea. Leave a port or harbor, as in They put out yesterday morning. [Late 1500s]
3. Publish, as in They put out a weekly newsletter. [Early 1500s]
4. Engage in sex. This usage is applied solely to women, as in She had a reputation for putting out. [ Vulgar slang; mid-1900s] Also see put one out.
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put out

v.
1. To remove something from within some space or region; place something outside: The dog likes to put its head out the window. I put the cat out before we left. Don't forget to put out the garbage.
2. To extend something: I put out my hand, but the man refused to shake it. The doctor asked me to put my tongue out.
3. To place something on display; make something accessible or visible: Put some cups and spoons out so people can serve themselves. We put out fliers on the table.
4. To extinguish something: Put out that fire now, before it goes out of control. The principal told them to put the cigarettes out.
5. To expel someone or something from a premises: They had to put out the drunk. The guard put out the rowdy students.
6. To publish something or make it publicly available: Our club puts out a weekly newsletter. The president put a statement out explaining the company's annual report.
7. To inconvenience someone: Did our early arrival put you out? I hope you didn't put yourself out to get us those tickets.
8. To make someone unhappy through inconsiderate behavior: That comment about my mother really put me out.
9. To make an effort: They really put out for their team.
10. Nautical To leave, as a port or harbor; depart: The ship put out to sea.
11. Baseball To retire some runner: The pitcher put the runner out with a hard throw to first base. The shortstop put out the runner at second base.
12. Vulgar Slang To provide sex.
13. put out of To remove someone or something from participation in or engagement with something: The mistake put the team out of medal contention. Large retailers have put all the independent shops out of business.
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put (oneself) out

To make a considerable effort; go to trouble or expense.
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Clearly seeing Franz Josef Land as "unfinished business," Leigh Smith put to sea from Peterhead on board Eira again on 14 June 1881.
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Fishermen even escape a cut in the 15 days a month they are allowed to put to sea for cod - as long as they use nets with an agreed minimum mesh size to let the tiddlers through to boost stock revival.
GREENPEACE put to sea today to lead a flotilla of boats in the search of a radioactive shipment on its way to Sellafield.
The agency said mariners should resolve never to put to sea with a known or foreseeable machinery fault.
The equipment stolen on this occasion assists in the training of crew members who put to sea in all conditions in an effort to save lives.
Its crew of 15 Filipinos and two Japanese was put to sea in a small raft about a week after the ship was taken and drifted at sea for 11 days before being rescued last week.
The former IRA man planted the bomb aboard their boat, the Shadow V, and detonated it after it had put to sea off Co Sligo in the Irish Republic.