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put

verb \ ˈpu̇t \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of put

put; putting
transitive verb
1 a :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 primaries
  • Current Biography
e :to prescribe a specified regimen for usually used with on
  • put her on medication
  • put him on a diet
2 a :to cause to endure or suffer something :subject
  • put traitors to death
b :impose, inflict
  • put a special tax on luxuries
3 a :to set before one for judgment or decision
  • put the question
b :to call for a formal vote on
  • put the motion
4 a (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
5 a :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
6 a :repose, rest
  • puts his faith in reason
b :invest 1
  • put her money in the company
7 a :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
1 a :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
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

Examples of put in a Sentence

  1. Put the car in the garage.

  2. I put the keys on the table.

  3. He put his arms around her and held her tight.

  4. He fell and accidentally put his hand through a window.

  5. The illness put her in the hospital for three days.

  6. They put her in prison for forgery.

  7. Her parents decided to put her in a special school for deaf children.

  8. If she drove 55 mph for 20 minutes, that would put her about halfway there by now.

  9. Don't forget to put your signature on the check.

  10. He put his phone number on a napkin.

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Origin and Etymology of put

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


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put

noun

Definition of put

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 3d

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First Known Use of put

14th century


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put

adjective

Definition of put

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

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First Known Use of put

1841


Financial Definition of PUT

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.


PUT Defined for Kids

put

verb \ ˈpu̇t \

Definition of put for Students

put; putting
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.
2 :criticize 2
put forward
:propose 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 2
  • She put on a show of anger.
3 :1produce 4
  • The senior class put on a play.
put out
1 :extinguish 1
  • Be sure to put out the light.
2 :irritate 1, annoy
  • I was put out by their behavior.
3 :1make 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 :1build 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.

Law Dictionary

put

noun

legal Definition of put

:put option at option 3


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