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put sth on

verb uk phrasal verb with put   /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put) us  

(OPERATE)

A2 mainly UK to make a device operate, or to cause a device to play something, such as a CD or DVD, by pressing a switch: Could you put the light on? Do you mind if I put the television/some music on? Don't forget to put the brake on.

(COVER BODY)

A2 to cover part of the body with clothes, shoes, make-up, or something similar: Put your shoes on - we're going out. He put on his jacket. She puts face cream on every night.

(PRETEND)

to pretend to have a particular feeling or way of behaving that is not real or natural to you: Why are you putting on that silly voice? There's no need to put on that injured expression - you know you're in the wrong. I can't tell whether he's really upset, or if he's just putting it on.

(PRODUCE)

mainly UK to produce or provide something, especially for the good of other people or for a special purpose: She put on a wonderful meal for us. They've put on a late-night bus service for students.

(GET HEAVIER)

B1 If people or animals put weight on, they become heavier: I'd expected to put weight on when I gave up smoking, but I didn't. He's put on ten pounds in the last month.
(Definition of put sth on from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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