\ 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 onput 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
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



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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Indeed, this was the argument put forth in the announcement and on the call by CFO Deepak Ahuja — or, more properly, retiring CFO Deepak Ahuja. Washington Post, "Tesla’s Incredible Shrinking Growth Machine," 18 Sep. 2019 As part of the settlement agreement, the Framingham facility admitted that an employee put marijuana waste in an unlocked dumpster over four days in January. BostonGlobe.com, "FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A marijuana testing facility in Massachusetts has agreed to pay a $225,000 fine for improper marijuana disposal.," 17 Sep. 2019 Found a building, had somebody put together a sales agreement for the building. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "There’s More History to Antonio Brown’s History," 16 Sep. 2019 And Trump also designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terror organization, for the first time putting a foreign governmental body on the list. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Trump may no longer be the gift that keeps on giving for Netanyahu," 16 Sep. 2019 One proposal put forth by Assemblywoman Irwin would expand what kind of data would be exempt from CCPA provisions, and this drew the ire of consumer protection groups, Politico reports. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Spouse of Ring exec among lawmakers trying to weaken Calif. privacy law," 16 Sep. 2019 Crosswords quietly have an ideological agenda: to shake up your assumptions and put ideas from everywhere next to each other. Adrienne Raphel, The New Yorker, "How Crosswords Put Your Brain Into Hyperdrive," 16 Sep. 2019 After another Tomball Memorial punt, Chase Richter's long punt return, Sowell's one-handed 26-yard catch and Scott's short catch put Cy Woods in scoring position again with :10 left. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Michael Fernandez's field goal lifts Cy Woods over Tomball Memorial," 14 Sep. 2019 The storm is projected to become Hurricane Humberto on Sunday night with long-range forecasts putting Humberto within striking distance of Bermuda by late Wednesday night. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Humberto steers away from Florida, but expected to become a hurricane today," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Phoenix grabbed the lead at 89-88 on a put-back from Josh McNair with 47 seconds left. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Green Bay 94, UW-Milwaukee 90: Phoenix wins after frantic finish," 15 Feb. 2020 After trailing 52-50, the Wolverines scored eight consecutive points to re-take the lead for good after Wagner hit a 3, Austin Davis scored on a put-back, Wagner had a layup and Davis split a pair of free throws. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball gets first true road win of the season without Simpson, Livers," 29 Jan. 2020 The two teams then traded baskets down the stretch of regulation with UK freshman Keion Brooks missing a put-back layup at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Nick Richards steps up to lead Kentucky basketball to overtime win over Louisville," 28 Dec. 2019 Dom Delvecchio also was second in the shot put (38-11.5), and Roberto Dubon legged out a second in the 600 (1:35.48). Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "Mansfield boys’ basketball takes inside track to top Franklin," 4 Feb. 2020 That put executions on hold for another three years. cleveland, "Medical marijuana, abortion restrictions: Biggest Ohio government and politics stories of the 2010s," 30 Dec. 2019 That put Notre Dame ahead for the first time all afternoon. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Blocked punt ignites Notre Dame football after sluggish start in win over Stanford," 30 Nov. 2019 This particular incident puts — would put not only Officer Garcia, but the entire department at risk. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Bike patrol officer fired for using racial slur during downtown arrest reinstated," 27 Nov. 2019 The front of the phone probably has more bezel than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Galaxy Note 10+, and OnePlus 7T put together, but part of me commends Google for choosing function over form. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 4 hands-on: Once again, it's about features, not design," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kayla McGill, 32, of the 1100 block of Valley View Drive, Downers Grove, was charged with retail theft, after a security officer at Walmart, at 2189 75th St., saw her put merchandise, which cost $43, in her purse without paying for it. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Burr Ridge police blotter: Vehicle window broken and briefcase with cash, watches and iPad, reported stolen," 30 Aug. 2019 The developments came as residents of Jersey City, located across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, were reeling from the chaos Tuesday, when a fierce firefight put parts of the city on lockdown. BostonGlobe.com, "After initially calling the attack on the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City on Tuesday a random act, investigators said that the store had been deliberately targeted but did not explicitly say it was motivated by anti-Semitism.," 13 Dec. 2019 The developments came as residents of Jersey City, located across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, were reeling from the chaos on Tuesday, when a fierce firefight put parts of the city on lockdown. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Jersey City Shooting Was ‘Domestic Terrorism,’ Officials Say," 12 Dec. 2019 Xiwang, with about 50 billion yuan in assets, would have to repay public investorsas much as 7.7 billion yuan over the next year if its creditors exercise their put options. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "In China, This AA+ Rating Should Freak You Out," 24 Oct. 2019 But caps far stricter than the state rules encouraged some landlords to turn units into condos or demolish their properties, which the researchers believed put upward pressure on rents citywide. Los Angeles Times, "Landlords say state rent caps may force them to raise rents more frequently," 7 Oct. 2019 The ideal mudroom always looks put-together no matter how many purses, coats, and bags are deposited there. House Beautiful, "This Mudroom Is Ingeniously Designed to Keep Clutter at Bay," 14 Oct. 2019 But Afghanistan’s president is defying critics to stay put and run for reelection in the fall. Washington Post, "Draft of Afghan peace plan leaves key issues unmentioned or postponed," 16 Aug. 2019 The Houston area fared well in throwing events, with Kylie Herpin and Ty White striking shot put gold in the 9-10 age division as unattached athletes. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Houston track and field stars bring home gold from USATF Junior Olympics," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of put


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for put


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

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The first known use of put was in the 12th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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\ 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.



Legal Definition of put

: put option at option 3

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