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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.Electrical switches and connections

(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.Putting clothes on

(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.Faking and pretending

(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.Giving, providing and supplying

(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.Becoming biggerEnlarging and inflating
(Definition of put sth on from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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