Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put out

put out
Meaning(s)
1) publish or make something widely known
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    • put out an appeal/statement
  • Analysis
     If you ‘put out’ something- such as an album, a report or a paper it means to make it available to the general public. You can use this expression in academic or professional contexts. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The police have put out an urgent appeal to help them find a missing teenager. 
    2. In my town we have to put out the recycling every second week to be collected.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The business owner said that she would be putting out a statement in response to allegations that she used bribes to secure contracts. 
    2. We are putting out a new app which we hope will transform the way your team communicates.
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2) extinguish something
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    • put out a fire/cigarette
  • Analysis
    If you ‘put something out’, such as a rumour or a fire it means to extinguish it or to eradicate it. This is a popular phrasal verb used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Firefighters managed to put the fire out quickly, minimising damage to the building.
    2. Would you mind putting that cigarette out? The smoke is really annoying me.
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3) irritate, upset, or inconvenience someone
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    • I hope I haven't put you out
  • Analysis
    To ‘put someone out’ means to annoy someone or to inconvenience them in some way. You might say “I’d love to come and stay with you but I don’t want to put you out.” This is a less formal expression used more on social situations. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Thank you for picking me up from the airport. I hope I haven't put you out!
    2. I don't want to put you out but would you mind giving me a lift to the shop?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Peter was more than a little put out when he discovered that I had got the promotion ahead of him. 
    2. I was very put out to discover that another company that we work with are paying considerably less for your service than we are.
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