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put off



  1. (transitive, adverb) to postpone or delay   ⇒ they have put off the dance until tomorrow
  2. (transitive, adverb) to evade (a person) by postponement or delay   ⇒ they tried to put him off, but he came anyway
  3. (transitive, adverb) to confuse; disconcert   ⇒ he was put off by her appearance
  4. (transitive, preposition) to cause to lose interest in or enjoyment of   ⇒ the accident put him off driving
  5. (intransitive, adverb) (nautical) to be launched off from shore or from a ship   ⇒ we put off in the lifeboat towards the ship
  6. (transitive, adverb) (archaic) to remove (clothes)


  1. (mainly US) a pretext or delay

Translations for 'put off'

  • British English: put off If you put something off, you delay doing it.She put off telling him until the last moment.pʊt ɒf VERB
  • Arabic: يُطْفِئ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: adiar
  • Chinese: 推迟
  • Croatian: odgađati
  • Czech: odložit odkládatna později
  • Danish: udsætte
  • Dutch: uitstellen
  • European Spanish: posponer
  • Finnish: siirtää myöhemmäksi
  • French: ajourner
  • German: aufschieben
  • Greek: υπεκφεύγω
  • Italian: rimandare
  • Japanese: 延期する
  • Korean: 연기하다
  • Norwegian: utsette
  • Polish: odłożyć odkładać
  • Portuguese: adiar
  • Romanian: a amâna
  • Russian: откладывать
  • Spanish: posponer
  • Swedish: skjuta upp
  • Thai: เลื่อนออกไป
  • Turkish: ertelemek
  • Ukrainian: відкладати відкласти
  • Vietnamese: hoãn

Example Sentences Including 'put off'

He was taking a wandering course with many turns and doublings, to put off any pursuit.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
I bought two tickets, charging them to my Visa card to put off the day of reckoning.
Adam, Paul A Nasty Dose of Death
But she always found some reason to put off anything too adventurous.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)


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