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Definition of put on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


put on

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

put somebody on

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to give someone the telephone so that they can talk to the person at the other end Hi, Dad—can you put Nicky on?

    put somethingon

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  1. 1to dress yourself in something Hurry up! Put your coat on! opposite take somethingoff
  2. 2to apply something to your skin, face, etc. She's just putting on her makeup.
  3. 3to switch on a piece of equipment Before you start making the pie, put the oven on at 350 degrees. She put on the brakes suddenly.
  4. 4to make a tape, CD, DVD, etc. begin to play Do you mind if I put some music on? He put some jazz on the stereo.
  5. 5to become heavier, especially by the amount mentioned synonym gain She looks like she's put on weight. He must have put on several pounds.
  6. 6to provide something specially The city is putting on extra buses during the summer.
  7. 7to produce or present a play, a show, etc. The local drama club is putting on “Macbeth.”
  8. 8to pretend to have a particular feeling, quality, way of speaking, etc. He put on a British accent. I don't think she was hurt. She was just putting it on.

    put something on something

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  1. 1to add an amount of money or a tax to the cost of something The government has put fifty cents on the price of a pack of cigarettes.
  2. 2to bet money on something I've never put money on a horse. I put $5 on him to win.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: put on