put

verb
\ ˈpu̇t How to pronounce put (audio) \
put; putting

Definition of put

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay put the book on the table
b : to move in a specified direction
c(1) : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust
(2) : to throw with an overhand pushing motion put the shot
d : to bring into a specified state or condition a reapportionment … that was put into effect at the September primariesCurrent Biography
e : to prescribe a specified regimen for usually used with on put her on medicationput him on a diet
2a : to cause to endure or suffer something : subject put traitors to death
b : impose, inflict put a special tax on luxuries
3a : to set before one for judgment or decision put the question
b : to call for a formal vote on put the motion
4a(1) : to convey into another form want to put my feelings into words
(2) : to translate into another language or style put the poem into English
(3) : adapt lyrics put to music
b : express, state putting it mildly
5a : to devote (oneself) to an activity or end put himself to winning back their confidence
b : apply put her mind to the problem
c : assign put them to work
d : to cause to perform an action : urge put the horse over the fence
e : impel, incite put them into a frenzy
6a : repose, rest puts his faith in reason
b : invest entry 1 sense 1 put her money in the company
7a : to give as an estimate put the time as about eleven
b : attach, attribute puts a high value on their friendship
c : impute put the blame on the partners
8 : bet, wager put $2 on the favorite

intransitive verb

1 : to start in motion : go especially : to leave in a hurry
2 of a ship : to take a specified course put down the river
put forth
1a : assert, propose
b : to make public : issue
2 : to bring into action : exert
3 : to produce or send out by growth put forth leaves
4 : to start out
put forward
: propose put forward a theory
put in mind
: remind
put one's finger on
: identify put his finger on the cause of the trouble
put one's foot down
: to take a firm stand
put one's foot in one's mouth
: to make a tactless or embarrassing blunder
put paid to
chiefly British
: to finish off : bring an end to
put the arm on or put the bite on
: to ask for money
put the finger on
: to inform on put the finger on … heroin pushers— Barrie Zwicker
put the make on
: to make sexual advances toward
put to bed
: to make the final preparations for printing (something, such as a newspaper)
put together
1 : to create as a unified whole : construct
2 : add, combine

put

noun

Definition of put (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion specifically : the act or an instance of putting the shot
2 : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call sense 3d

put

adjective

Definition of put (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in place : fixed, set stay put until I call

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Examples of put in a Sentence

Verb

Put the car in the garage. I put the keys on the table. He put his arms around her and held her tight. He fell and accidentally put his hand through a window. The illness put her in the hospital for three days. They put her in prison for forgery. Her parents decided to put her in a special school for deaf children. If she drove 55 mph for 20 minutes, that would put her about halfway there by now. Don't forget to put your signature on the check. He put his phone number on a napkin.
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Affordable housing advocates say home flipping puts upward pressure on rents and home prices, thus contributing to affordability concerns that have arisen as housing markets across the country recover from the housing bust a decade ago. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "How Wall Street, Silicon Valley institutionalized home flipping," 9 May 2018 Advertisers seem to be staying put for now, though. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Has Got the Wrong Kind of Friends," 25 Jan. 2019 And their decision to stay put has compounded the shortage of homes for sale. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers," 23 Jan. 2019 The soul of this wise and wonderfully loose-limbed comedy is Regina Hall’s no-bull star turn as the put-upon restaurant manager of Double Whammies, a depressing sub-Hooters dive in Texas. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 His film last year is full of solid tackles, jumped routes, finger-wagging and a pat-me-down-and-put-me-in-handcuffs interception celebration. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Decoding the overhauled Chiefs, and Brett Veach's first offseason | The Kansas City Star," 5 May 2018 The singer's nervousness was clearly just a put-on -- and a nod to the song's fake newsroom video -- as the singer belted out the bouncy tune with ease. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Paramore Gets Theatrical During 'Rose-Colored Boy' Performance on 'The Late Show': Watch," 2 May 2018 With Joseph and Stephenson remaining put, that takes care of most of the guard spots though an additional shooter wouldn't hurt. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Options galore in Pacers' free agency as they ponder big-game fishing vs. standing pat," 4 May 2018 This large investment put Sochi at the top of the leader board for the most expensive Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "So, How Much Do the Winter Olympics Really Cost?," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of put

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for put

Verb

Middle English putten; akin to Old English putung instigation, Middle Dutch poten to plant

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put

noun

Financial Definition of put

What It Is

A put is a financial term that refers to a put option, or a contract between the buyer and seller of a securities option allowing the buyer to force the seller (or the writer of the option contract) to buy the security. The term also means, in a generic sense, the option to make another party purchase something.

How It Works

In options trading, a buyer may purchase a short position (i.e., the expectation that the price will go down) on a security. This position gives the buyer the right to sell the underlying security at an agreed-upon price (i.e. the strike price) by a certain date. If the market price falls below the strike price, as expected, the buyer can decide to exercise his or her right to sell at that price and the writer of the option contract has the obligation to buy the security at the strike price. With the exercise of the put, the trader makes the difference between the cost of the security in the market (i.e., a lower price than the option strike price) and the sale of the option to the put writer (i.e., at the strike price).

For example, if a trader purchases a put option contract for Company XYZ for $1 (i.e., $.01/share for a 100-share contract) with a strike price of $10 per share, the trader can sell the shares at $10 before the end of the option period. If Company XYZ's share price drops to $8 per share, the trader can buy the shares on the open market and sell the put option at $10 per share (the strike price on the put option contract). Taking into account the put price of $.01/share, the trader will earn a profit of $1.99 per share.

In a generic context, to put something means to force the purchase of something. For example, you might buy a piece of real estate, and the seller might negotiate the right to put a second parcel to you at a later date if land prices do not increase by then.

Why It Matters

The ability to put an asset is essentially like having an insurance policy. If prices aren’t great later, at least you can force someone to take the asset off your hands for a set price. Alternatively, puts can also be risky. If someone has the right to put something to you later, you run the risk of having to buy something down the road that you didn’t plan on buying. Investors will often purchase a put option on shares they already own to act as a hedge against the decline in the share price. Puts and calls are the key types of options trading.

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put

verb
\ ˈpu̇t How to pronounce put (audio) \
put; putting

Kids Definition of put

1 : to place in or move into a particular position She put the book on a table. Put your hand up.
2 : to bring into a specified state or condition The charity puts the money to good use. He put the room in order.
3 : to cause to undergo something Our class puts them to shame.
4 : to give expression to I can't put my fear into words. This book puts the idea clearly.
5 : to devote to or urge to an activity They can improve if they put their minds to it. The coach is putting us to work.
6 : to think of as worthy of : attribute The candidate puts a high value on peace.
7 : to begin a voyage The ship put to sea.
put away
: to take in food and drink She put away a big dinner.
put down
1 : to bring to an end by force Police put down the riot.
put forward
: propose sense 1 The committee put forward a new plan.
put in
1 : to ask for She put in for a job.
2 : to spend time in a place or activity I put in two hours of work.
put off
: to hold back to a later time : defer I put off my appointment.
put on
1 : to dress in He put a new jacket on.
2 : pretend sense 2 She put on a show of anger.
3 : produce entry 1 sense 4 The senior class put on a play.
put out
1 : extinguish sense 1 Be sure to put out the light.
2 : irritate sense 1, annoy I was put out by their behavior.
3 : make entry 1 sense 1 The factory puts out tires.
4 : to cause to be out (in baseball)
5 : to make use of The team put out a real effort.
put together
1 : to create as a whole : construct
2 : to consider as a single unit “… Mr. Rice taught me more than all my other teachers put together.”— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
put up
1 : build entry 1 sense 1 The town plans to put up a new school.
2 : to make (as food) ready for later use I put vegetables up for the winter.
3 : to give or get shelter and often food They often put tourists up.
4 : to make by action or effort They put up a good fight.
put up to
: to urge or cause to do something wrong or unexpected Those kids put me up to the prank.
put up with
: to stand for : tolerate I won't put up with any more of his nonsense.

put

noun

Legal Definition of put

: put option at option 3

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