put off

put off
verb
1. hold back to a later time (Freq. 1)
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let's postpone the exam

Syn:
postpone, ↑prorogue, ↑hold over, ↑put over, ↑table, ↑shelve, ↑set back, ↑defer, ↑remit
Derivationally related forms:
putoff, ↑deferment (for: ↑defer), ↑deferral (for: ↑defer), ↑shelver (for: ↑shelve), ↑prorogation (for: ↑prorogue), ↑postponement (for: ↑postpone), ↑postponer (for: ↑postpone)
Hypernyms: ↑delay
Hyponyms: ↑call, ↑hold, ↑suspend, ↑probate, ↑reprieve, ↑respite
Entailment: ↑cancel, ↑call off, ↑scratch, ↑scrub, ↑reschedule
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something PP

2. cause to feel intense dislike or distaste (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑turn off
Derivationally related forms: ↑turnoff (for: ↑turn off)
Hypernyms: ↑repel, ↑repulse
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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The performance is likely to put off Sue

3. cause to feel embarrassment
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The constant attention of the young man confused her

Syn: ↑confuse, ↑flurry, ↑disconcert
Derivationally related forms: ↑disconcertment (for: ↑disconcert), ↑disconcertion (for: ↑disconcert), ↑confusion (for: ↑confuse)
Hypernyms: ↑embarrass, ↑abash
Hyponyms: ↑fluster, ↑bother, ↑distract, ↑deflect
Verb Group:
confuse, ↑throw, ↑fox, ↑befuddle, ↑fuddle, ↑bedevil, ↑confound, ↑discombobulate
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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The bad news will put off him

4. take away the enthusiasm of
Syn: ↑dishearten
Ant: ↑hearten (for: ↑dishearten)
Derivationally related forms: ↑disheartenment (for: ↑dishearten)
Hypernyms: ↑discourage
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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The performance is likely to put off Sue

5. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
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He dodged the issue

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she skirted the problem

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They tend to evade their responsibilities

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he evaded the questions skillfully

Syn:
hedge, ↑fudge, ↑evade, ↑circumvent, ↑parry, ↑elude, ↑skirt, ↑dodge, ↑duck, ↑sidestep
Derivationally related forms:
dodge (for: ↑dodge), ↑dodger (for: ↑dodge), ↑dodging (for: ↑dodge), ↑circumvention (for: ↑circumvent), ↑evasion (for: ↑evade), ↑hedge (for: ↑hedge), ↑hedger (for: ↑hedge), ↑hedging (for: ↑hedge)
Hypernyms: ↑avoid
Hyponyms: ↑beg, ↑quibble
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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put off [phrasal verb]
1 put (something) off or put off (something) : to decide that (something) will happen at a later time :postpone

The meeting has been put off until next week. = We put off (holding) the meeting until next week.

I've been meaning to call him, but I keep putting it off.

I've been putting off calling him.

2 put (someone) off or put off (someone)
2 a : to cause (someone) to wait

I need to come up with an excuse to put off the bill collector.

She finally called him after putting him off all week.

2 b : to cause (someone) to dislike someone or something

Don't let the restaurant's dingy appearance put you off–their food is great.

I was put off by his rudeness.

(chiefly Brit) His rudeness put me off him [=made me dislike him] at once.

— see also off-putting
2 c Brit : to allow (someone) to get off a bus or other vehicle

Could you put [=let] me off (the bus) at the next stop, please?

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Main Entry:put

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