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 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

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

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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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 Trout in put-and-take streams will likely be decimated within a few weeks of stocking. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Bill May: Putting together some fall fishing plans," 13 Oct. 2019 Originally a conservative idea, cap-and-trade puts a price on carbon and creates a market in the right to emit. The Economist, "Will the Democrats’ green schemes make any difference?," 21 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration has some more puts and takes for the tech industry after announcing its big Justice Department antitrust probe. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Can Anyone Fix the DMV?—Data Sheet," 25 July 2019 While speaking as a pundit on Russian television network RT (as quoted by the Metro), Mourinho was asked to name his Champions League team of the season and the 56-year-old put Van Dijk in his side and spoke glowingly of the Dutchman's performances. SI.com, "José Mourinho Hails Virgil van Dijk for Outstanding Season With Liverpool," 4 June 2019 While these predictions have caused some to flee the coast, as always, there are those who are staying put and preparing to weather the storm. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why some people buy Pop-Tarts and liquor before a hurricane — and some people don’t prepare at all.," 12 Sep. 2018 That put deGrom in a make-or-break predicament the next night against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has surpassed Kershaw as the Dodgers’ ace and was the N.L.’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "The Mets’ Other Chase: Jacob deGrom Seeks a Second Cy Young," 15 Sep. 2019 That put Yelich in the rare 40/30 Club (home runs and steals), only the 10th player (and 12th time) in major-league history to do so and first since the Brewers’ Ryan Braun in 2012. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Christian Yelich gives Brewers a victory they had to have with walk-off double," 7 Sep. 2019 Count d’Estaing put to sea with his whole Fleet on the 4th of this month. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "George Washington gave a shout-out to Boston in this 1778 letter; it’s up for auction," 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The playmaker's future has recently been put to one side due to the recent concerns over his and teammate Sead Kolasinac's safety. SI.com, "6 Arsenal Players Who Could Still Leave the Emirates Stadium This Summer," 20 Aug. 2019 Once solid, put peaches into a plastic freezer bag, remove the air from the bag, and freeze until ready to use. Callie Blount, al, "How to make homemade peach frozen yogurt," 15 Aug. 2019 Key Talking Point After already beginning their season last Friday, RB Salzburg certainly looked strong and put pressure on their visitors right from the start. SI.com, "Salzburg 3-5 Chelsea: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Superb Blues Cruise Past Roten Bullen," 31 July 2019 The citrusy Aperol spritz amped with strawberry and cardamom syrup and rounded out with pinot grigio plays sweet put stops shy of cloying. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Fellow Osteria in Scottsdale is too interesting to ignore but too inconsistent to embrace," 16 July 2019 That is because most medicines now in use require stable structures to target, and IDPs do not stay put long enough. Elizabeth O'day, Scientific American, "A Special Class of Proteins Offers Promising Targets for Drugs for Cancer and Alzheimer's," 1 July 2019

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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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Time Traveler for put

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

31 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Put.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puts. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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