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Meaning of PUT OFF

Pronunciation:  pût of

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
  2. [v]  hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
  3. [v]  cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
  4. [v]  cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
  5. [v]  take away the enthusiasm of
 
 Synonyms: circumvent, confuse, defer, disconcert, dishearten, dodge, duck, elude, evade, flurry, fudge, hedge, hold over, parry, piss off, postpone, prorogue, put over, remit, set back, shelve, sidestep, skirt, table, turn off
 
 Antonyms: cheer, embolden, hearten, recreate
 
 See Also: abash, avoid, bother, call, call off, cancel, deflect, delay, discourage, distract, embarrass, fluster, hold, probate, quibble, repel, reprieve, repulse, reschedule, respite, suspend

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Put"-off`\ (?; 115), n.
A shift for evasion or delay; an evasion; an excuse.
--L'Estrange.

 

 

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