How to Use the Phrasal Verb Put
Let’s start off by actually defining put. Put as a transitive verb means to place or to move something. But when English-speakers combine put with prepositions the meaning changes drastically because put can be used as a phrasal verb.
performing, wearing, or acting
To dress - I am putting on my jacket.
To have a show - We are putting on a Shakespearean play.
To be fake/to act - I am putting on a smile.
To play music - Put on my favorite song!
To change the channel or start a program on the television - Put on the game!
disliking, procrastinating, waiting
To postpone/delay - I am putting off the meeting.
Feel uncomfortable/to dislike - This situation makes me really put off.
To make someone wait - I am putting her off. I don’t want to talk.
building, erecting, cleaning
To clean / to store - I am putting my clothes up in my room.
To build - They are putting a new home up for him.
To hang something on a wall - She is putting the new painting up on a wall.
To provide/invest money - I will put up $1,000 for your new business.
To tolerate - I am putting up with him.
To volunteer a candidate - I am putting up myself to help political refugees learn about Web Development.
To place something in its original place - I put my books back on the shelf.
To delay - I put back the meeting until 4 PM.
To reverse a clock - We put the clocks back last night.
To clean up with no specific storage or place - I put away my plates.
To clear away things - I am putting away my plates after dinner.
To eat a lot - I am putting away all of the food on the Table because i didn’t eat anything for lunch
To place something down - I am putting down my phone.
To criticize someone - Why are you putting me down?
To write or take notes - I am putting this down on paper.
To place someone in bed to sleep - I put the baby down at 6 PM.
To pay a deposit - I am putting down $300 for the apartment.
To kill an old animal - We had to put down my dog last week.