- An example of put is to lay a book on the shelves.
- An example of put is to cause an issue to be voted upon.
- to drive or send by a blow, shot, or thrust: to put a bullet in a target
- to propel with an overhand thrust from the shoulder: to put the shot
- to make do something: to put a dog through its tricks
- to force: put an army to flight
- to cause to be in a certain position or place; place; set: put the box here
- to cause to be in a specified condition, situation, relation, etc.: put her at ease
- to make undergo; subject: put it to a trial
- to impose: put a tax on luxuries
- to bring to bear (on); apply (to): to put one's mind on one's work
- to bring in or add; introduce; inject: to put life into a party
- to bring about; effect: to put a stop to cheating
- to attribute; assign; ascribe: to put the blame where it belongs
- to express; state: put it in plain language
- to translate
- to present for consideration, decision, etc.: to put the question
- to estimate as being: with at: to put the cost at $50
- to fix or set (a price, value, etc.) on
- to adapt or fit (words) to music
- to bet (money) on
- to invest (money) in or into
Origin of putMiddle English putten ; from or akin to Old English potian, to push: mod. senses probably ; from Scand, as in Danish putte, Swedish dialect, dialectal putta, to put away, push, akin to Old English pyttan, to sting, goad
- a cast or thrust; esp., the act of putting the shot
- an option to sell a given quantity of a stock, commodity, etc. at a specified price and within a specified time: puts are purchased in anticipation of, or to protect against, a decline in the price of the stock, commodity, etc.
- to change the course of (a sailing vessel) to another tack
- to move in another direction
- ⌂ to cause to be understood or accepted
- to carry out with success
- to carry out by trickery
- to reserve for later use
- to give up; discard
- put aside
- to consign to a jail, mental hospital, etc.
- Informal to consume (food or drink)
- put down (sense ) (see phrase below)
- to replace
- to reset the hands of (a clock) to an earlier time
- ⌂ to demote (a pupil)
- to crush; repress; squelch
- to deprive of authority, power, or position; degrade
- to write down; record
- to attribute (to)
- to consider as; classify
- to land or make a landing in an aircraft
- to kill (an injured or sick animal) as to end its suffering
- to kill (a vicious animal, esp. one that is a pet or in captivity)
- ⌂ Informal to belittle, reject, criticize, or humiliate
- to grow (leaves, shoots, etc.)
- to bring into action; exert
- to propose; offer
- to bring out; publish; circulate
- to leave a port
- to enter a port or harbor
- to enter (a claim, request, etc.)
- to interpose; insert
- Informal to spend (time) in a specified manner
put in for
put it on
put it over on⌂
put it there!⌂
- to leave until later; postpone; delay
- to discard
- to evade; divert
- to displease or offend
- to clothe, adorn, or cover oneself with
- to take on; add: to put on a few pounds
- to assume or pretend
- to apply (a brake, etc.)
- to stage (a play)
put someone on⌂
put someone on to⌂
- to expel; dismiss
- to extinguish (a fire or light)
- ⌂ to spend (money)
- to disconcert; confuse
- to distress; ruffle; vex
- to inconvenience
- to publish
- to produce and distribute
- to supply, offer, or display
- Slang to engage in sexual intercourse, often promiscuously: usually said of a woman
- Baseball to cause (a batter or runner) to be out by a fielding play
- to postpone; delay
- ⌂ Informal put across
put something over on⌂
put paid to
- ⌂ to perform successfully; carry out
- to cause to do or undergo
- to connect (someone) by telephone with someone else
put to it
- to offer, as for consideration, decision, auction, etc.
- to offer as a candidate
- to preserve or can (fruits, vegetables, etc.)
- to erect; build
- to lodge, or provide lodgings for
- to advance or provide (money)
- Slang to do or produce what is needed or wanted
- to arrange (the hair) with curlers, bobby pins, etc.
- to carry on: to put up a struggle
- Informal to incite (a person) to some action
- to sheathe (one's sword)
put up with
verbput put, put·ting, puts
- To place in a specified location; set: She put the books on the table.
- To cause to be in a specified condition: His gracious manners put me at ease.
- To cause (one) to undergo something; subject: The interrogators put the prisoner to torture.
- To assign; attribute: They put a false interpretation on events.
- To estimate: We put the time at five o'clock.
- To impose or levy: The governor has put a tax on cigarettes.
- Games To wager (a stake); bet: put $50 on a horse.
- Sports To hurl with an overhand pushing motion: put the shot.
- To bring up for consideration or judgment: put a question to the judge.
- To express; state: I put my objections bluntly.
- To render in a specified language or literary form: put prose into verse.
- To adapt: The lyrics had been put to music.
- To urge or force to an action: a mob that put the thief to flight.
- To apply: We must put our minds to it.
- To force the purchase of (a stock or commodity) by exercising a put option.
- To begin to move, especially in a hurry.
- Nautical To proceed: The ship put into the harbor.
- Sports An act of putting the shot.
- An option to sell a stipulated amount of stock or securities within a specified time and at a fixed price.
Origin of putMiddle English putten, back-formation from Old English *pūtte, past tense of p&ymacron;tan, to put out.
(third-person singular simple present puts, present participle putting, simple past and past participle put)
- To place something somewhere.
- She put her books on the table.
- To bring or set into a certain relation, state or condition.
- Put your house in order!
- He is putting all his energy into this one task.
- She tends to put herself in dangerous situations.
- (finance) To exercise a put option.
- He got out of his Procter and Gamble bet by putting his shares at 80.
- To express something in a certain manner.
- When you put it that way, I guess I can see your point.
- (athletics) To throw a heavy iron ball, as a sport. (See shot put. Do not confuse with putt.)
- To steer; to direct one's course; to go.
- To play a card or a hand in the game called put.
- To attach or attribute; to assign.
- to put a wrong construction on an act or expression
- To set before one for judgment, acceptance, or rejection; to bring to the attention.
- to put a question; to put a case
- Sir Walter Scott
- Put me not to use the carnal weapon in my own defence.
- Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge.
- (mining) To convey coal in the mine, as for example from the working to the tramway.
- (business) A right to sell something at a predetermined price.
- (finance) A contract to sell a security at a set price on or before a certain date.
- He bought a January '08 put for Procter and Gamble at 80 to hedge his bet.
- The act of putting; an action; a movement; a thrust; a push.
- the put of a ball
- An old card game.
From Middle English putten, puten, poten, from Old English *putian, *pÅ«tian ("to push, put out"; attested by derivative putung (“pushing, impulse, instigation, urging")) and potian (“to push, thrust, strike, butt, goad"), both from Proto-Germanic *putÅnÄ… (“to stick, stab"), from Proto-Indo-European *bud- (“to shoot, sprout"). Compare also related Old English pÈ³tan (“to push, poke, thrust, put out (the eyes)"). Cognate with Dutch poten (“to set, plant"), Danish putte (“to put"), Swedish putta, pÃ¶tta, potta (“to strike, knock, push gently, shove, put away"), Norwegian putte (“to set, put"), Norwegian pota (“to poke"), Icelandic pota (“to poke"), Dutch peuteren (“to pick, poke around, dig, fiddle with"), Sanskrit [script?] (bunda, “arrow").
- F. Harrison
- What droll puts the citizens seem in it all.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 244:
- The old put wanted to make a parson of me, but d"”n me, thinks I to myself, I'll nick you there, old cull; the devil a smack of your nonsense shall you ever get into me.
- (obsolete) A prostitute.
Old French pute.
- (software, testing) Acronym of Parameterized Unit Testing.
put - Computer Definition
put - Investment & Finance Definition
An option that gives the holder the right to sell the underlying security at a specified price during a set time period.