put in (1)

Meaning: to spend a certain amount of time and effort on doing something

Synonym: devote (formal)

For example:

  • put in sth She's put in the hard work you need to put in to develop a talent, so she deserves the success she's had.

  • put sth in He must have put a lot of hours in to get the business up and running by himself.

Quick Quiz:

If he had put in a bit more time and effort, he would have

a. failed the exam

b. passed the exam

c. missed the exam

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