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put Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
    put option.
  2. verb put into a certain place or abstract location
    set; pose; place; lay; position.
    • Put your things here
    • Set the tray down
    • Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
    • Place emphasis on a certain point
  3. verb cause to be in a certain state; cause to be in a certain relation
    • That song put me in awful good humor
    • put your ideas in writing
  4. verb formulate in a particular style or language
    redact; frame; couch; cast.
    • I wouldn't put it that way
    • She cast her request in very polite language
  5. verb attribute or give
    • She put too much emphasis on her the last statement
    • He put all his efforts into this job
    • The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story
  6. verb make an investment
    invest; place; commit.
    • Put money into bonds
  7. verb estimate
    set; place.
    • We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M.
  8. verb cause (someone) to undergo something
    • He put her to the torture
  9. verb adapt
    • put these words to music
  10. verb arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
    order; set up; arrange.
    • arrange my schedule
    • set up one's life
    • I put these memories with those of bygone times

Put noun
See Pit.
  1. A pit. Obs. Chaucer.
  1. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Put, contracted from putteth. Chaucer.
Put noun
Cf. W. pwt any short thing, pwt o ddyn a squab of a person, pwtog a short, thick woman.
  1. A rustic; a clown; an awkward or uncouth person.
    Queer country puts extol Queen Bess's reign. Bramston.
    What droll puts the citizens seem in it all. F. Harrison.
Put transitive verb
AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke, thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v. i.
imperfect & past participle Put; present participle & verbal noun Putting
  1. To move in any direction; to impel; to thrust; to push; -- nearly obsolete, except with adverbs, as with by (to put by = to thrust aside; to divert); or with forth (to put forth = to thrust out).
    His chief designs are . . . to put thee by from thy spiritual employment. Jer. Taylor.
  2. To bring to a position or place; to place; to lay; to set; figuratively, to cause to be or exist in a specified relation, condition, or the like; to bring to a stated mental or moral condition; as, to put one in fear; to put a theory in practice; to put an enemy to fight.
    This present dignity, In which that I have put you. Chaucer.
    I will put enmity between thee and the woman. Gen. iii. 15.
    He put no trust in his servants. Job iv. 18.
    When God into the hands of their deliverer Puts invincible might. Milton.
    In the mean time other measures were put in operation. Sparks.
  3. To attach or attribute; to assign; as, to put a wrong construction on an act or expression.
  4. To lay down; to give up; to surrender. Obs.
    No man hath more love than this, that a man put his life for his friends. Wyclif (John xv. 13).
  5. To set before one for judgment, acceptance, or rejection; to bring to the attention; to offer; to state; to express; figuratively, to assume; to suppose; -- formerly sometimes followed by that introducing a proposition; as, to put a question; to put a case.
    Let us now put that ye have leave. Chaucer.
    Put the perception and you put the mind. Berkeley.
    These verses, originally Greek, were put in Latin. Milton.
    All this is ingeniously and ably put. Hare.
  6. To incite; to entice; to urge; to constrain; to oblige.
    These wretches put us upon all mischief. Swift.
    Put me not use the carnal weapon in my own defense. Sir W. Scott.
    Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge. Milton.
  7. To throw or cast with a pushing motion "overhand," the hand being raised from the shoulder; a practice in athletics; as, to put the shot or weight.
  8. (Mining) To convey coal in the mine, as from the working to the tramway. Raymond. Syn. -- To place; set; lay; cause; produce; propose; state. -- Put, Lay, Place, Set. These words agree in the idea of fixing the position of some object, and are often used interchangeably. To put is the least definite, denoting merely to move to a place. To place has more particular reference to the precise location, as to put with care in a certain or proper place. To set or to lay may be used when there is special reference to the position of the object.
Put intransitive verb
  1. To go or move; as, when the air first puts up. Obs. Bacon.
  2. To steer; to direct one's course; to go.
    His fury thus appeased, he puts to land. Dryden.
  3. To play a card or a hand in the game called put.
Put noun
  1. The act of putting; an action; a movement; a thrust; a push; as, the put of a ball. "A forced put." L'Estrange.
  2. A certain game at cards. Young.
  3. A privilege which one party buys of another to "put" (deliver) to him a certain amount of stock, grain, etc., at a certain price and date. Brokers' Cant
    A put and a call may be combined in one instrument, the holder of which may either buy or sell as he chooses at the fixed price. Johnson's Cyc.
Put noun
OF. pute.
  1. A prostitute. Obs.

Webster 1913