German Linguistic Precision Part I — The German word for “put”

How does one say, “Just put that down over there.” in German? Though the sentence is quite simple it is the source of much frustration to English speakers learning German. What is the German verb for “to put”? Type “to put” into LEO and the following translations come up: anbringen, anwenden, legen, setzen. There are of course others, but these are just for “to put” without taking “to put to” or “to put+ something else into account.

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