put off

put off; putting off; puts off

Definition of put off

transitive verb

1a : disconcert
b : repel
2a : to hold back to a later time
b : to induce to wait put the bill collector off
3 : to rid oneself of : take off
4 : to sell or pass fraudulently

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Examples of put off in a Sentence

never put off until tomorrow what you can do today put off your coat and stay awhile

First Known Use of put off

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of put off was in the 14th century

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