Phrasal Verbs #7 Put


  • The other weightlifters put me down because I had to put the weights down.
  • In the morning I have to put on the light before I can put on my clothes.
  • Could you put yourself out for once and put the bins out; and make sure you put out the fire before coming to bed.
  • I would put him up but I can’t put up with his snoring. He’ll have to put up a tent in the garden instead.
  • We had to put back the dinner because I forgot to put the meat back in the oven.

As we discussed in week 1, sometimes a phrasal verb can have more than one meaning. Can you understand the sentences above? They are all grammatically correct but use the same verb/particle combinations in two or more different ways.

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with Put. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You will run into even more phrasal verbs with Put. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

put something away return something to its normal place after using it. Please put away the dictionary when you’ve finished using it.
put something back replace, return to its proper place Put it back on the shelf please.
put something back to change the time or date of an event so that it happens later than originally planned We’ve put the trip back until June now.
put something down put what you are holding on a surface or floor You can put the groceries down on the kitchen counter.
put someone down insult make someone feel stupid The students put the substitute teacher down because his pants were too short.
put something off postpone We are putting off our trip until January because of the hurricane.
put something on turn on / switch on Could you put on the light please?
put something on put clothing/accessories on your body Don’t forget to put on your new earrings for the party.
put something out leave/place something outside the house. Don’t forget to put out the dustbin.
put something out extinguish The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen arrived.
put someone out go to a lot of trouble/ be inconvenienced . Please don’t put yourself out for us.
put something together assemble I have to put the crib together before the baby arrives.
put someone through connect two people (on the phone) I’ll put you through to Mr. Brown.
put something up erect build He put up a tent for the children.
put up with someone/something tolerate I don’t think I can put up with three small children in the car.
put (someone) up accommodate/ give someone a bed We can put you up if you’d like to come for the week-end.


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