Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

put on

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyput on
he/she/itputs on
present participleputting on
past tenseput on
past participleput on
  1. 1
    to cover a part of your body with a piece of clothing or jewelry so that you are wearing it

    Dorothy put on her coat and went out.

    Kim had forgotten to put his watch on.

  2. 3
    put something on someone/something to cause something to affect someone or something

    I feel that too much responsibility is put on teachers.

    Advertising aimed at children puts a lot of pressure on parents.

  3. 4
    if you put on weight, you become fatter

    She put a lot of weight on after the children were born.

    I’ve put on five pounds in the last month.

  4. 5
    put something on someone/something to risk a particular amount of money by trying to guess the result of a race or competition

    I put $2 on Seattle Slew to win the Derby.

  5. 6
    to pretend to have a particular feeling or a particular way of speaking or behaving
    put on an act:

    I think he was just putting on an act to get sympathy.

    be putting it on:

    She’s not really upset – she’s just putting it on.

  6. 7
    to pass the telephone to someone so they can speak to the person you have been talking to

    Wait a minute, Mom – I’ll put Joe on.

  7. 8
    to start cooking something

    I’ll put the vegetables on in a minute.

  8. 9
    to organize an event, show, performance, etc.

    We’re putting on a concert to raise money for cancer research.

  9. 10
    to provide a bus, train, etc. for people to use

    They’re going to put on extra buses to take fans to the concert.

  10. 11
    to make a machine or piece of equipment start working, especially by pressing a switch

    I had forgotten to put the emergency brake on, so the car rolled back down the hill.

    1. a.
      to put a video, CD, etc. in a piece of equipment so that you can watch it or listen to it

      I’m going to put my new CD on.

      Shall we put some music on?

  11. 12
    put someone on something to say what medical treatment someone should have

    I was put on a low-fat diet.

    The doctor put him on a course of antibiotics.

  12. 13
    to show a particular level of skill or ability in doing something, especially in a competition

    The Packers’ offense put on a dazzling performance throughout the second half of the game.

  13. 15
    put something on something to record something in an account so that someone can pay for it later

    Can you put the drinks on my bill, please?

    We put the meal on our expense accounts.

  14. 16
    informal to try to make someone believe something that is not true
    put someone on:

    Don’t believe that. He’s putting you on!

See also main entry: put

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog