Phrasal Verbs 1

Here is a list of phrasal verbs that contain put.
A word in brackets, such as something, means that we can use the phrasal with or without that word.

put something down

To stop carrying something.
Put down those heavy bags you’re carrying and take a seat.
He stopped writing and put his pen down for a moment.

put money down

To pay a deposit on something.
I put a £1000 deposit down on the car.

put money in

To make a financial contribution.
The cost of driving to Paris and back is €400 so we all need to put in 100.

put something off

To postpone or delay something.
She put off telling him the bad news until he was feeling happier.
A procrastinator is someone who is always putting things off.

put off, be put off (something)

To get the feeling that something is bad and consequently to change your mind or plan.
I’d love to try oysters but the look of them always puts me off.
It puts me off my writing if lots of people are talking around me.
I was put off going to India when I read about how many tourists get ill when they go there.

be put off (by something)

To be distracted or disturbed by something else happening.
The footballer missed the penalty because he was put off by the crowd whistling.

put on weight

To get fatter.
He put on a lot of weight after he lost his job and had to stay at home.
No dessert for me, thanks – I don’t want to put on weight.

put something on

To turn on something electrical.
I’ll put the television on – there’s a good film on tonight.
Put the light on! I can’t see.

put someone out

To be upset by something someone has done.
I don’t want to put you out but could you work late tonight?

put up the price of something

To increase the price of something.
The government have put up VAT again.
We’ve put up our prices in order to cover our costs.

put something up

To fix something to a wall.
Why don’t you put a sign up to tell people where the party is.
I’m going to put some more pictures up on the wall.

put someone up

To accommodate someone; to let someone sleep at your house for a night or a few nights.
Can you put me up for a few days while I’m in London?

put up with something

To live with something you don’t like; to tolerate something you don’t like.
I have to put up with my husband’s snoring.
How do you put up with all the noise that your neighbours make?

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