From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishput somebody/something on phrasal verb1clothes put something ↔ onDCCPUT ON CLOTHES to put a piece of clothing on your body opp take offHe took off his uniform and put on a sweater and trousers.I’ll have to put my glasses on; I can’t read the sign from here.2on skin put something ↔ onDCBPUT to put make-up, cream etc on your skinI’ve got to put this cream on twice a day.3affect/influence something put something on something to do something that affects or influences someone or something elseThe government put a limit on imports of textiles.Pat was putting pressure on him to leave his wife.4start equipment put something ↔ onSWITCH ON OR OFF to make a light or a piece of equipment start working by pressing or turning a button or switch syn switch on, turn onHe got up and put on the light.Shall I put the kettle on?5music put something ↔ onAPM to put a record, tape, or CD into a machine and start playing itShe put on some music while they ate.
6pretend put something ↔ onPRETEND to pretend to have a particular feeling, opinion, way of speaking etc especially in order to get attentionSheila’s not really that upset; she’s just putting it on.Leaving the court, the families all tried to put on a brave face (=not show that they were sad or worried).7put on weight/12 lbs/4 kg etcHBHFAT to become fatter and heavier syn gainRosie’s put on five kilos since she quit smoking.8event/concert/play etc put something ↔ onPERFORM to arrange for a concert, play etc to take place, or to perform in itOne summer the children put on a play.9show what you can do put something ↔ on to show what you are able to do or what power you haveThe team need to put on another world-class performance.10cook put something ↔ onDFC to start cooking somethingShall I put the pasta on now?
11provide something put something ↔ on British EnglishTT to provide a service for people, especially a special oneBA is putting on extra flights to cover the Christmas rush.12you’re putting me on! American English spokenJOKE used to tell someone that you think they are jokingHe wouldn’t do that – you’re putting me on.13risk money put something on somethingDGG to risk an amount of money on the result of a game, race etc syn betWe put £50 on Brazil to win the Cup.14add put something on somethingADD to add an amount of money or tax onto the cost of somethingCan smokers really complain if more tax is put on cigarettes?15telephone put somebody ↔ on to give someone the telephone so that they can talk to someone who is telephoningCan you put Janet on? →put→ See Verb table
put-on• At first they were thinking it was a big put-on.From Longman Business Dictionaryput something on something phrasal verb [transitive]1to add an amount of money onto the price or cost of somethingThe new tax could put another ten cents on the price of gas.At the close of trading, Sears put on 2 to 92p.Turnover put on almost £70 million to £337.5 million.2to risk an amount of money on the result of a game, race etcWe put £50 on Brazil to win the Cup. →put→ See Verb table