put on


  • When Dad Put his Hand on Her Shoulder and Petted It 276
    When Dad Put his Hand on Her Shoulder and Petted It 276
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj put on 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"
    • v put on increase (one's body weight) "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
    • v put on put clothing on one's body "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"
    • v put on add to something existing "She put on a sun room"
    • v put on add to the odometer "He put on 1,000 miles on this trip"
    • v put on fool or hoax "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone","You can't fool me!"
    • v put on apply to a surface "She applied paint to the back of the house","Put on make-up!"
    • v put on prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance "mount a theater production","mount an attack","mount a play"
    • v put on carry out (performances) "They turned in a splendid effort","They turned in top jobs for the second straight game"
    • v put on put on the stove or ready for cooking "put on the tea, please!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Polly, put the kettle on Polly, put the kettle on
King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head
The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap
He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead
Paulina ... began to put on the colour Paulina ... began to put on the colour
o he put on all his Fine Clothes o he put on all his Fine Clothes
Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose
Wren put it on again Wren put it on again

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 96% of people put the peanut butter on first when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
    • Put on to invest: to impute: to assume: to promote: to instigate: to impose upon: to hasten: to inflict: to deceive, trick: to foist or palm upon
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.”
  • Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson
    “It's all happening too fast. I've got to put the brakes on or I'll smack into something.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We are not put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “What a new face courage puts on everything!”
  • Robert Burn
    Robert Burn
    “When matters are desperate we must put on a desperate face.”
  • Byron J. Langenfield
    Byron J. Langenfield
    “Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales.”


Put it on the cuff - If you put something on the cuff, you will take it now and pay for it later.
Put lipstick on a pig - If people put lipstick on a pig, they make superficial or cosmetic changes, hoping that it will make the product more attractive.
Put on a brave face - If you put on a brave face, or put a brave face on something, you behave confidently or cheerfully even though things are difficult. ('Brave front' is also used.)
Put on airs - If someone puts on airs, they pretend to be grander and more important than they really are.
Put on your thinking cap - If you put on your thinking cap, you think very hard about something.
Put some dirt on it - This means that when you get hurt, you should rub it off or shake it off and you'll be ok.
Put some mustard on it! - (USA) It's used to encourage someone to throw a ball like a baseball hard or fast.
Put someone on a pedestal - If you put someone on a pedestal, you admire them greatly, idolise them.
Put the kybosh on - To put an end to something.
Put your cards on the table - If you put your cards on the table, you make your thoughts or ideas perfectly clear.
Put your hand on your heart - If you can out your hand on your heart, then you can say something knowing it to be true.
Put your thumb on the scales - If you put your thumb on the scales, you try to influence the result of something in your favour.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. potian, to push; prob. Celt., as Gael. put, W. pwtio.


In literature:

She had forgotten to put on anything but her house-shoes, and had not even a hat on her head.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
The slabs were put on lengthwise, and there were always rows of bright Indians' eyes like beads on a string watching us through these cracks.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
We fixed our hoods carefully over our faces, put on our masks, and seated ourselves on the snow.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Put on the top crust, cutting several slits in it for the steam to escape.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Put in salt as desired soon after putting on to cook.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Put on the fire the apples covered with water, and when they begin to crack remove them, skin and scrape to put together all the pulp.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
Shivering with cold and aching in every muscle, she got up and put on her underclothing.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
So Loki put on the falcon dress and flew to Joetunheim and came near Thrym's dwelling.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
But I've put it off now, and put on workaday clothes again.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Melissa pinned on her hair again and put on her hat and drank the milk, all without a word; but she was purple.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In poetry:

Care on thy maiden brow shall put
A wreath of wrinkles, and thy foot
Be shod with pain: not silken dress
But toil shall tire thy loveliness.
"Untitled" by Cecil Day Lewis
Alice, Alice, how long you are!
The hour is late and the church is far;
Slowly, more slowly, the church bell rings—
Alice, Alice, put on your things!'
"Alice" by Richard Le Gallienne
'Alice, Alice, put on your things!
The birds are calling, the church bell rings;
The sun is shining, and I am here,
Waiting—and waiting—for you, my dear.
"Alice" by Richard Le Gallienne
Yet still they shout, and crie, and stop their eares,
Putting my life among their sinnes and feares,
And therefore wish my bloud on them and theirs:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
The waves have a story to tell me,
As I lie on the lonely beach;
Chanting aloft in the pine-tops,
The wind has a lesson to teach;
But the stars sing an anthem of glory
I cannot put into speech.
"The Three Voices" by Robert W Service
Then shall this dear one, our first born, awake,
Her mortal put on immortality then;
And oh! blissful thought, that we once more may meet
In that home where's no parting, death, sorrow, or pain.
"She Slumbers Still" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

The Sedgwick County Zoo is putting on its celebration of the day on Sunday.
Newton-Conover put on an array of offensive fireworks on Friday night versus East Surry in a 49-6 non-conference win that earned the Red Devils their second-straight victory of the season.
As always Rush has never been a disappointment in concert, they hire the best sound crew, the best lighting crew and the list goes on into putting on a great show and this time it's the," Clockwork Angels Tour".
The ruling that ended Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions was put on hold - 6:00 pm.
The 29-year-old father of Mason and Penelope was shopping for engagement ring s to put on Kourt's finger on Thursday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and RadarOnline.com has the exclusive details.
Apple's New Campus Will Put On A Spectacular Show Every Year , Starting On Steve Jobs' Birthday.
Danny Pudi, who plays Abed on "Community," puts on facial hair to play Evil Abed.
The Downtown Revitalization Project, put on by University of Oklahoma graduate students, will wrap up on Dec 10.
On most days, I forget to put on makeup.
With dinner shows going on almost every weekend, they're putting on a special show just for the spooky holiday, and it's sure to entertain and scare.
Local non-government organizations put on the event and a total of 485 children took part in the rally ahead of the anniversary of Gandhi 's death which falls on January 30th.
NEW YORK – The Global Poverty Project is putting on a serious rock concert in Central Park on September 29, and you can go.
Real says none of the projects put on hold had a direct impact on operations.
Everyone in the NHL will have to wait at least until next year to see the guy who on Thursday night put on a show for Russia in the world junior hockey championship.
Thousands of shoppers put on their walking shoes for a new outlet mall's grand opening on Friday.

In science:

Yet, ∆(X ) = X ⊗ g + X ⊗ 1 that is the result of a product will be put on g and 1 that is in X11 and X22 .
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
Particular emphasis is put on the simplest version of the SU(2) NJL model as prototype.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
Thus, the only real constraint one should put on the partial trace is that it corresponds to a measurable random variable.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
Our results fully confirm and put on a firmer ground the conclusions of Refs. [17,18] based on two-loop perturbative calculations.
Spin models with random anisotropy and reflection symmetry
Such a study puts on a firm ground some physics papers of Matytsin for instance.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices