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- (transitive) To return something to its original place.
- He carefully put the vase back on the shelf.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. […] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
- (intransitive, nautical) To turn back; to return.
- The French […] had put back to Toulon.
- (transitive) To postpone an arranged event or appointment.
- The meeting has been put back to 5.00 pm.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To drink fast; to knock down alcohol.
- You'll need to put that drink back quickly; it's very nearly closing time.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To change the time in a time zone to an earlier time.
- Don't forget that this Sunday we put the clocks back an hour.
- The object in all senses can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.