put out: meaning and explanation

The phrasal verb to put something out means to stop something (e.g. a fire) burning. e.g. We were able to put the fire out before it caused too much damage.

This phrasal verb can also be used for cigarettes, e.g. Would you mind putting out your cigarette? You aren’t allowed to smoke here.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Ireland

brigade the fire before the neighbouring .
The fire brigade to put the fire before spread to the neighbouring .

…The fire brigade managed to put out the fire

To manage to do something = to succeed in doing something (which was probably difficult). e.g. It wasn’t easy but I managed to convince Harry to stay.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Have you ever had to put out a fire? What happened?
  • Have you ever asked someone to put out their cigarette?

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everlin
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everlin

Have you ever had to put out a fire? What happened? yes, when I was child, I had to put out a fire in my house, because it was burning part of the roof of the house.

yulchik
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yulchik

No, I never had to put fire. God saved me!

Seva
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Seva

When I was child during New Year the fir-tree suddenly started to burn and I had to put it out. My father put it out.

aygun
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aygun

It was a good experience for me and entertainment learning way. Thanks

Camilo
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Camilo

I don’t understand anything, is very faster for me, what can I do?? Some one exercise less difficult for me?

Tatiana
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Tatiana

Hi Chris
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Thank you so much…..????

Tatiana
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Tatiana

Chris
This is really amazing, Believe it!!!
Probably I have been thinking in something like this more that 3 months, Im doctor and Im planning to work in UK ,so it is crucial for me understand really well English speakers.
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Sorry about my English. Im trying to improve it.
Cheers.

Sveta Tsalkovska
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Sveta Tsalkovska

My answer will be short. Fortunately, I’ve never have to put out a fire. Maximum – put out the light before sleeping 🙂

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