1. phrasal verb When you put on clothing or make-up, you place it on your body in order to wear it. [V P n] ⇒ She put on her coat and went out. [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ Maximo put on a pair of glasses. [V n P] ⇒ I haven't even put any lipstick on. 2. phrasal verb When people put on a show, exhibition, or service, they perform it or organize it. [V P n] ⇒ The band are hoping to put on a U.K. show before the end of the year. [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ British Airways is putting on an extra flight to London tomorrow. [V n P] ⇒ We put it on and everybody said 'Oh it's a brilliant production'. 3. phrasal verb If someone puts on weight, they become heavier. [V P n] ⇒ I can eat what I want but I never put on weight. [V P n] ⇒ Luther's put on three stone. [Also V n P] 5. phrasal verb If you put a record, tape, or CD on, you place it in a record, tape, or CD player and listen to it. [V n P] ⇒ She poured them drinks, and put a record on loud. [V P n] ⇒ Let's go into the study and put on some music. 6. phrasal verb If you put something on, you begin to cook or heat it. [V n P] ⇒ She immediately put the kettle on. [V n P] ⇒ Put some rice on now. [V P n] ⇒ Put on a pan of water to simmer and gently poach the eggs. 7. phrasal verb If you put a sum of money on something, you make a bet about it. For example, if you put £10 on a racehorse, you bet £10 that it will win. [V n P n/v-ing] ⇒ They each put £20 on Matthew scoring the first goal. [V n P n/-ing] ⇒ He'll be back in an hour. I'd put money on it. [V n P] ⇒ I'll put a bet on for you. [Also V P n] 8. phrasal verb To put a particular amount on the cost or value of something means to add that amount to it. [V n P n] ⇒ The proposal could put 3p on a loaf of bread. 9. phrasal verb → put If you put on a way of behaving, you behave in a way that is not natural to you or that does not express your real feelings. [V P n] ⇒ Stop putting on an act and be yourself. [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ She had hoped the couple would put on a show of unity. [V n P] ⇒ It was hard to believe she was ill, she was putting it on.
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