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“Put” has several meanings.

  1. To place in a specified location; set:

She put the books on the table.

  1. To cause to be in a specified condition:

His gracious manners put me at ease.

  1. To cause (one) to undergo something; subject:

The interrogators put the prisoner to torture.


I put my book on the desk.

“Put” in the sentence above has meaning 1 (To place in a specified location).

Does “put” have several meanings alone but have only one meaning if it’s used in context?

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    Yes. It has different meanings in different contexts, which is why several meanings are listed for it. Stating the context is how the meaning is narrowed to just one. Jan 13 at 2:03
  • @Jack O’Flaherty That’s the reason why people say they need more context because a meaning varies on the context. I thought meanings are invariable.
    – user09827
    Jan 13 at 2:15
  • Dude. Some words have more than one meaning. It's the same way in EVERY language. Jan 13 at 17:01

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