Definition of put on (or lose) weight in US English:

put on (or lose) weight


  • Become fatter (or thinner).

    • ‘He said: ‘Women in particular tend to be worried about putting on weight.’’
    • ‘If your child is not gaining weight as expected or is losing weight, talk to your child's doctor.’
    • ‘Apparently these women in New York are getting pregnant, but the only thing they are thinking about is themselves, and whether they are putting on weight.’
    • ‘I will not in any way encourage anyone to lose weight or put on weight.’
    • ‘Bella said: ‘He was putting on weight so fast, faster than other babies.’’
    • ‘She points out that after the age of 35, many start putting on weight because of decreased metabolism and so walking is the best way to burn off the calories.’
    • ‘The thing is, racehorses can lose weight and put on weight very quickly.’
    • ‘Another interesting fact was that a member of our party who has trouble with weight lost weight during the trip as well.’
    • ‘She suffered for her craft by putting on weight, shaving her eyebrows and wearing tons of unflattering makeup.’
    • ‘No one will tell you you're putting on weight (but they'll tell you if you lose it!’
    • ‘But now he is putting on weight and he has been discharged by the consultants.’
    • ‘She's lost weight, put it on, lost weight, put it on, lost weight, put it on.’
    • ‘We're just pleased that he's putting on weight and is feeling so good.’
    • ‘He's been feeding well and putting on weight and is now the right size for a newborn baby.’
    • ‘Unless he loses weight then he will have all those health problems long-term, so it's vital.’
    • ‘Most people who have weight problems can lose weight, indeed have already done so.’
    • ‘Sure, I could lose weight, I have been losing weight but I'm left with horrid empty hanging skin.’
    • ‘Jones waited to see how much weight she would gain, but lost weight instead.’
    • ‘She is slowly putting on weight now and hopefully she can lead a normal life.’
    • ‘The stomach is the first place we usually put on weight and often a difficult place to lose weight.’
    put on weight, gain weight, get heavier, grow fat, grow fatter, fatten up, get fat, fill out
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