5 Meanings for the Phrasal Verb PUT ON

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Put On

The phrasal verb put on is an interesting verb because it has five different meanings and uses. For today’s English lesson, let’s check out how we can use this useful English idiom!

  1. put on (1) means to push or click a switch to make a machine work or start moving. (like “turn on”)
    1. Can you put on the air-conditioner? It’s really hot in here.
    2. The first thing I do every morning is put on the coffee maker.
  2. put on (2) means to play music, a video, a TV program.
    1. I like to put on classical music when I drive.
    2. Put it on channel 11. I want to watch the Yankee game.
  3. put on (3) means to create, organize or present a live event on a stage.
    1. They’re putting on Hamlet in Central Park this month.
    2. Taylor Swift puts on a lot of concerts.
  4. put on (4) means to increase your body weight
    1. After retiring Teddy put on 10 kg.
    2. I put on some weight during the winter so I need to exercise before putting on a swimsuit.
  5. put on (5) means to place or apply something to your body like clothes or make up.
    1. Mike has spiked hair, so he never puts on a hat.
    2. I think Jenny puts on too much makeup?

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