opt out (of)
- Leave a system or decide not to participate.
“I enjoy tennis but I’m so busy I had to opt out of the tournament. “
- Admit or confess something.
“The boy owned up. He said he kicked the ball through the window.”
“The old lady passed away peacefully.”
“Don’t forget to pass on the information to all the members.”
- Faint; lose consciousness.
“She passed out when she received confirmation that the plane had crashed.”
“I will lend you £20 provided you pay me back before the end of the week. “
- Introduce or discontinue something gradually.
“The government decided to phase in the new regulations.”
- Choose someone to blame, punish, bully, etc.
“The other children were always picking on Charlie because of his red hair.”
- Select; choose.
“Will you help me pick out a handbag to go with my outfit?”
“Children are quick to pick up a new language.”
- Collect somebody/something; give someone a lift.
“James is coming to pick me up at the station..”
- Cause pain or discomfort.
“My stomach is starting to play up again after all that heavy food.”
- Emphasise the value or make something seem more important.
“Donald always plays up his achievements.”
- Minimise the value or make something appear less important.
“The government tried to play down the gravity of the situation.”
- Indicate; direct attention to something.
“My mother pointed out the house where she grew up.”
- Come or go quickly in the direction specified.
“She popped over to the shop to buy a sandwich.”
- Make a brief visit.
“My daughter sometimes pops in for a cup of coffee.”
- Arise, occur.
“The question of security popped up during the meeting.”
- Move to a designated place at the side of the road.
“A police car signalled to me to pull in.”
- Leave the road momentarily.
“I was tired from driving so I pulled off for a rest and a cup of coffee.”
- Move out from the roadside onto the road.
“A motorbike suddenly pulled out in front of me.”
- Move over to the side of the road.
“She pulled over to make way for the ambulance.”
“All vehicles must pull up at the traffic lights.”
- Overcome difficulties or illness.
“My grandmother caught pneumonia last winter but she pulled through.”
- Return something to the place where it is usually kept.
“Please put away the dictionary when you’ve finished using it.
- Replace, return to its proper place.
“Please put the dictionary back on the shelf beside the others.”
- Propose or recommend something.
“The chairman put forward a proposal to move to bigger offices.”
- Postpone; delay; arrange a later date.
“The meeting has been put off until next week because of the strike.”
- Turn on / switch on.
Could you put on the light please?
- Wear a garment or piece of clothing.
“You’d better put on your coat – it’s cold outside today.”
“It took the fire fighters a long time to put out the fire.”
put (yourself) out
- Go to a lot of trouble; be inconvenienced.
“Please don’t put yourself out for us.”
put (something) out
- Leave or place something outside the house.
“Don’t forget to put out the dustbin this evening”.
- Connect two people (on the phone).
“Just a moment please. I’ll put you through to Mr. Brown.”
- Erect, build.
Danny put up a tent in the garden to keep the children happy.”
put (someone) up
- Accommodate; give someone a bed
“We can put you up if you’d like to come for the week-end.”
put up with
“I don’t know how you can put up with the noise of all that traffic.”