Meaning of “put sth on” in the English Dictionary

"put sth on" in British English

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put sth on

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


A2 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.

More examples

  • I put the radio on while I prepared the meal.
  • I put the oven on to heat up while I prepared the mixture.

(Definition of “put sth on” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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