from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Used other than as an idiom: see put,‎ on.
  • v. To don (clothing, equipment, or the like).
  • v. To fool, kid, deceive.
  • v. To assume, adopt or affect; to behave in a particular way as a pretence.
  • v. To play (a recording).
  • v. To initiate cooking or warming, especially on a stovetop.
  • v. To perform for an audience.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. adopted in order to deceive
  • v. carry out (performances)
  • v. add to the odometer
  • v. put on the stove or ready for cooking
  • v. apply to a surface
  • v. fool or hoax
  • v. add to something existing
  • v. prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
  • v. put clothing on one's body
  • v. increase (one's body weight)


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