put sth on Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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put sth on

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


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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A2 to ​coverpart of the ​body with ​clothes, ​shoes, ​make-up, or something ​similar: Put ​yourshoes on - we're going out. He put on his ​jacket. She puts ​facecream on every ​night.


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.


mainly UK to ​produce or ​provide something, ​especially for the good of other ​people or for a ​specialpurpose: She put on a ​wonderfulmeal for us. They've put on a late-night ​busservice for ​students.


B1 If ​people or ​animals put ​weight on, they ​becomeheavier: 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.
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