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put sth on

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

A2 to make a ​deviceoperate, 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.

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  • (PRETEND)

to ​pretend to have a ​particularfeeling 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 ​injuredexpression - you ​know you're in the ​wrong. I can't ​tell whether he's really ​upset, or if he's just putting it on.
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