put (somebody) in / into (something) = make someone go to a particular institution (eg prison, boarding school, nursing home, hospital etc)
- He was put in prison for two years for robbing a man.
- Don 't do that. It 's illegal. They 'll put you in prison.
- His intelligence was above average and they put him into a special school for very clever children.
- Handicapped children are not put in special schools. They just need special ramps for their wheel chairs and they can attend regular schools like everyone else.
- I put my father in a nursing home when he was 92 and I could no longer take care of him like he needed.
- They put him into boarding school when he was just seven.
- After that nervous breakdown she was put in a mental institution for a year.
- The baby was put in hospital for two weeks.