(1)   The option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date


(2)   Arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
"Arrange my schedule"
"Set up one's life"
"I put these memories with those of bygone times"
(3)   Formulate in a particular style or language
"I wouldn't put it that way"
"She cast her request in very polite language"
(4)   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"
(5)   Cause to be in a certain state; cause to be in a certain relation
"That song put me in awful good humor"
(6)   Put into a certain place or abstract location
"Put your things here"
"Set the tray down"
"Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"
"Place emphasis on a certain point"
(7)   Make an investment
"Put money into bonds"

Etymology 1

, from pȳtan 'to put out, poke out', putung 'instigation, urging', akin to Danish putte 'to put', Swedish dial. putta 'id.', and further akin to Old Norse pauta, potian 'to push', Middle Dutch/Middle Low German pōten 'to plant'.


  1. To place something somewhere
    She put her books on the table.
  2. To bring or set into a certain relation, state or condition
    Put your horse in order!
    He is putting all his energy into this one task.
    She tends to put herself in dangerous situations.
  3. To exercise a put option
    He got out of his Procter and Gamble bet by putting his shares at 80.
  4. To express something in a certain manner
    When you put it that way, I guess I can see your point.
  5. To throw a heavy iron ball as a sport. See shot put.


  1. A right to sell something at a predetermined price.
  2. 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.


  1. An idiot; a foolish person.
    • 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.