put on

put on
1. put clothing on one's body (Freq. 18)

What should I wear today?


He put on his best suit for the wedding


The princess donned a long blue dress


The queen assumed the stately robes


He got into his jeans

Syn: ↑wear, ↑get into, ↑don, ↑assume
Derivationally related forms: ↑wearable (for: ↑wear), ↑wear (for: ↑wear)
Hypernyms: ↑dress, ↑get dressed
Hyponyms: ↑hat, ↑try on, ↑try, ↑scarf, ↑slip on
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

2. add to something existing (Freq. 3)

She put on a sun room

Hypernyms: ↑add
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s something PP

3. put on the stove or ready for cooking (Freq. 2)

put on the tea, please!

Topics: ↑cooking, ↑cookery, ↑preparation
Hypernyms: ↑cook, ↑fix, ↑ready, ↑make, ↑prepare
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


The chefs put on the vegetables

4. carry out (performances) (Freq. 1)

They turned in a splendid effort


They turned in top jobs for the second straight game

Syn: ↑turn in
Hypernyms: ↑make, ↑create
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

5. add to the odometer (Freq. 1)

He put on 1,000 miles on this trip

Hypernyms: ↑add
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

6. prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance

mount a theater production


mount an attack


mount a play

Syn: ↑mount
Hypernyms: ↑organize, ↑organise, ↑prepare, ↑devise, ↑get up, ↑machinate
Hyponyms: ↑rerun
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

7. increase (one's body weight)

She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising

Syn: ↑gain
Ant: ↑reduce (for: ↑gain)
Derivationally related forms: ↑gainer (for: ↑gain)
Hypernyms: ↑change state, ↑turn
Hyponyms: ↑round, ↑flesh out, ↑fill out, ↑pack on
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑gain)
8. fool or hoax

The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone


You can't fool me!

gull, ↑dupe, ↑slang, ↑befool, ↑cod, ↑fool, ↑take in, ↑put one over, ↑put one across
Derivationally related forms: ↑take-in (for: ↑take in), ↑put-on, ↑fool (for: ↑fool), ↑dupe (for: ↑dupe), ↑dupery (for: ↑dupe), ↑gull (for: ↑gull)
Hypernyms: ↑deceive, ↑betray, ↑lead astray
Hyponyms: ↑pull the leg of, ↑kid
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody


Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑put one over)
9. apply to a surface

She applied paint to the back of the house


Put on make-up!

Syn: ↑apply
Derivationally related forms: ↑application (for: ↑apply), ↑applier (for: ↑apply)
Hypernyms: ↑cover
dab, ↑swab, ↑swob, ↑daub, ↑gum, ↑dress, ↑cream, ↑cold-cream, ↑putty, ↑sponge on, ↑slap on, ↑clap on, ↑slam on
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something PP

adopted in order to deceive

an assumed name


an assumed cheerfulness


a fictitious address


fictive sympathy


a pretended interest


a put-on childish voice


sham modesty

Syn: ↑assumed, ↑false, ↑fictitious, ↑fictive, ↑pretended, ↑sham
Similar to: ↑counterfeit, ↑imitative
Derivationally related forms: ↑sham (for: ↑sham), ↑fiction (for: ↑fictitious), ↑falseness (for: ↑false)

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put on [phrasal verb]
1 put (something) on or put on (something)
1 a : to dress yourself in (clothing)

She put on her new dress.

Put on a hat and gloves.

I'll put some clothes on and be right there.

1 b : to apply (something) to your face or body

putting on lipstick/mascara/lotion

She puts on far too much makeup.

We tried to put on a happy/brave face [=we tried to appear happy/brave] despite our concern.

1 c : to add to or increase the amount of (something)

The fire was getting low and we needed to put on more wood.

She put on [=gained] 40 pounds during her pregnancy.

He's put on some weight recently.

1 d : to cause (a machine, a light, etc.) to begin to work

Would you mind if I put [=turned] the TV on?

Somebody put on the lights.

1 e : to cause (something) to begin to be heard, seen, produced, etc.

put on a record/CD/album

putting on some music

We put on the air-conditioning/heat in the car.

1 f : to start cooking or making (something)

Let me know when to put on the rice.

He put on a pot of coffee for his guests.

1 g : to produce (something that entertains people, such as a play, a party, etc.)

They're putting on a concert.

He always puts on a great show/performance.

The town puts on a fireworks display every Independence Day.

We are putting on a barbecue for everyone in the neighborhood.

2 put (something) on (someone or something)
2 a : to say that (someone or something) is responsible for or guilty of (something)

Responsibility for the accident was put on the other driver.

He puts much of the blame for his problems on the government.

2 b : to bet (an amount of money) on (someone or something)

We put $2 on the favorite to win.

putting money on horse races

3 put (someone or something) on (something) : to add (someone or something) to (a list or group of related things)

She asked to have her name put on the list of candidates.

They put her on the list.

We put several new dishes on the menu.

“Bartender, I'll have another beer.” “Okay, I'll put it on your bill.”

4 put (someone) on or put on (someone) chiefly US, informal : to say things that are not true to (someone) in a joking way : to trick or fool (someone) for amusement

He said he knew the President, but I think he was just putting me on. [=(Brit) having me on]

— see also put-on, 2
— used to say that you would like to speak to someone on the phone

Hi Dad. Could you put Mom on? [=could you give Mom the phone so that I can speak to her?]

Put Dave on the phone, please.

6 put (someone) on (something) : to tell (someone) to use or do (something)

Her doctor put her on medication. [=her doctor prescribed medication for her]

He decided to put himself on a diet. [=to go on a diet]

7 put (someone) on to (something) : to give (someone) information about (something) : to tell (someone) about (something that he or she did not know about before)

A friend of mine put me on to this book in high school.

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