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.

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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.

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

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