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Definition 1: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) - [verb of communication]

Samples where put off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He dodged the issue
  • she skirted the problem
  • They tend to evade their responsibilities
  • he evaded the questions skillfully

Synonyms for put off in the sense of this definition

(put off is a kind of ...) stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

"Her former friends now avoid her"

(... is a kind of put off ) dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted

"beg the question" "beg the point in the discussion"

(... is a kind of put off ) evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections

Definition 2: take away the enthusiasm of - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for put off in the sense of this definition

(put off is a kind of ...) deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

Definition 3: cause to feel embarrassment - [verb of emotion]

Samples where put off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The constant attention of the young man confused her

Synonyms for put off in the sense of this definition

(put off is a kind of ...) cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

(... is a kind of put off ) cause to be nervous or upset

(... is a kind of put off ) make confused or perplexed or puzzled

(... is a kind of put off ) draw someone's attention away from something

"The thief distracted the bystanders" "He deflected his competitors"

(put off has a similar meaning as ...) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

"These questions confuse even the experts" "This question completely threw me" "This question befuddled even the teacher"

Definition 4: cause to feel intense dislike or distaste - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for put off in the sense of this definition

(put off is a kind of ...) be repellent to; cause aversion in

Definition 5: hold back to a later time - [verb of stative]

Samples where put off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • let's postpone the exam

Synonyms for put off in the sense of this definition

(put off is a kind of ...) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

(... is a kind of put off ) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather

"call a football game"

(... is a kind of put off ) stop dealing with

"hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

(... is a kind of put off ) render temporarily ineffective

"the prison sentence was suspended"

(... is a kind of put off ) put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence

(... is a kind of put off ) postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

(put off implies ...) assign a new time and place for an event

"We had to reschedule the doctor's appointment"

(put off implies ...) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

"Call off the engagement" "cancel the dinner party" "we had to scrub our vacation plans" "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"

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