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To halt, eliminate, stop, or squelch, often by force.

The government quickly put down an insurrection.

Additional definitions for 'put down':

put downTo set down, stop carrying, or place in a low location.
put downTo insult, belittle, or demean.
put downTo pay an initial amount of money on a large purchase.
put downTo administer euthanasia to, as an animal too old or ill to cure.
put downTo write something.
put downTo replace the telephone receiver and terminate a call. To hang up.
put downTo add a name to a list.
put downTo make prices, or taxes, lower.
put downTo place a baby somewhere to sleep.
put downTo land an aircraft.
put downTo drop someone off, or let them out of a vehicle.
put downTo express deprecating, demeaning, critical, insulting remarks to another; expressions; 'put downs'.
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