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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput off
he/she/itputs off
present participleputting off
past tenseput off
past participleput off
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  1. 1
    to delay doing something, especially because you do not want to do it
    I was trying to put off the moment when I would have to leave.
    You can’t put the decision off any longer.
    put off doing something: He was glad to have an excuse to put off telling her the news.
  2. 2
    to change the time or date of something so that it happens later than originally planned, especially because of a problem
    They had to put the wedding off because the bride’s mother had an accident.
    put off doing something: I’ll put off going to Quebec until you’re well enough to take care of yourself again.
  3. 3
    to tell someone that you cannot see them or do something until a later time
    We’ll have to put George off if your mother’s coming on Thursday.
  4. 5
    to stop a car, bus, etc. and let someone get out of it
    I’ll put you off by the bus stop.
  5. 6
    to make someone not want to do something, or to make someone not like someone or something
    Lack of parking space was putting potential customers off.
    Robert’s attitude toward women really puts me off.
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