Put Definition

puts, putting
puts, putting
To drive or send by a blow, shot, or thrust.
To put a bullet in a target.
Webster's New World
To take one's course; move; go (in, out, back, etc.)
Webster's New World
To cause to be in a certain position or place; place; set.
Put the box here.
Webster's New World
To make do something.
To put a dog through its tricks.
Webster's New World
To cause to be in a specified condition, situation, relation, etc.
Put her at ease.
Webster's New World
A cast or thrust; esp., the act of putting the shot.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
An old card game.
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.
  • put option
  • call option
Immovable; fixed.
Stay put.
Webster's New World
(software, testing) Acronym of Parameterized Unit Testing.
put an end
  • To bring to an end; terminate.
American Heritage
put down roots
  • To establish a permanent residence in a locale.
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put in an appearance
  • To attend a social engagement, especially for a short time.
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put it to (someone)
  • To overburden with tasks or work.
  • To put blame on.
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put (one) in mind
  • To remind:

    You put me in mind of your grandmother.

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Put

Origin of Put

  • 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 *putōnÄ… (“to stick, stab"), from Proto-Indo-European *bud- (“to shoot, sprout"). Compare also related Old English pȳtan (“to push, poke, thrust, put out (the eyes)"). Cognate with Dutch poten (“to set, plant"), Danish putte (“to put"), Swedish putta, pötta, 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English putten back-formation from Old English pūtte past tense of pȳtan to put out

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown. Perhaps related to Welsh pwt.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old French pute.

    From Wiktionary

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