Let's say your nephew has gone missing inside a mall while being with you, because you are picking out an item in a jewellery shop. Then, you went to an announcement desk asking for some help, and the employee on post said:

Ok, I'll PUT an announcement out for her.

What does this phrase mean? All I know are "to post an announcement" and "make an announcement", but this is new to my ear...


Put out has many meanings, but one of them is "publish" (see "Put something out", meaning 4, here).

I would also use "make", but I would not use "post" for a spoken announcement, only for written or electronic text.

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  • If sending something out on a public address, broadcast would be a good word too. – Jason Bassford Nov 17 '18 at 0:30
  • Do you both use this "put out" in announcing like what I've written? Or just the British. – John Arvin Nov 17 '18 at 1:46

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