put off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyput off
he/she/itputs off
present participleputting off
past tenseput off
past participleput off
  1. 1
    to make someone not want to do something, or to make someone not like someone or something

    Robert’s attitude towards women really puts me off.

    put someone off someone/something:

    I put him off the idea of going shopping with me.

    put someone off doing something:

    All this rain really puts you off going out after work.

  2. 2
    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.

  3. 3
    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 Scotland until you’re well enough to look after yourself again.

  4. 4
    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.

  5. 5
    to prevent someone from concentrating on something so that they have difficulty doing it

    Stop laughing – you’ll put her off.

    1. a.
      put someone off their stride/stroke to stop someone from thinking clearly

      He was determined not to be put off his stroke by her presence.

  6. 7
    to stop a car, bus etc and let someone get out of it

    I’ll put you off by the bus stop.

See also main entry: put