see also: PUT
  • enPR: po͝ot, IPA: /pʊt/, [pʰʊʔt]

put (puts, present participle putting; past put, past participle put)

  1. To place something somewhere.
    She put her books on the table.
  2. To bring or set into a certain relation, state or condition.
    • 1670, John Milton, The History of Britain, […] , London: Printed by J.M. for James Alleſtry, […] , OCLC 78038412 ↗, Book I, page 11 ↗:
      Theſe Verſes Originally Greek, were put in Latin,
    Put your house in order!
    He is putting all his energy into this one task.
    She tends to put herself in dangerous situations.
  3. (finance) 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.
    • All this is ingeniously and ably put.
  5. (athletics) To throw a heavy iron ball, as a sport. (See shot put. Do not confuse with putt.)
  6. To steer; to direct one's course; to go.
    • His fury thus appeased, he puts to land.
  7. To play a card or a hand in the game called put.
  8. To attach or attribute; to assign.
    to put a wrong construction on an act or expression
  9. (obsolete) To lay down; to give up; to surrender.
    • , Bible, John xv. 13
      No man hath more love than this, that a man put his life for his friends.
  10. To set before one for judgment, acceptance, or rejection; to bring to the attention.
    to put a question; to put a case
    • Put the perception and you put the mind.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 3, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      Now if there was one thing that the animals were completely certain of, it was that they did not want Jones back. When it was put to them in this light, they had no more to say.
  11. (obsolete) To incite; to entice; to urge; to constrain; to oblige.
    • 1722, Jonathan Swift, The Last Speech of Ebenezer Elliston
      These wretches put us upon all mischief.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4 ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, line 386:
      Thank him who puts me loath to this revenge
    • 1822, [Walter Scott], Peveril of the Peak. [...] In Four Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 2392685 ↗:
  12. (mining) To convey coal in the mine, as for example from the working to the tramway.
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put (plural puts)

  1. (business) A right to sell something at a predetermined price.
  2. (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.
    • 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.
  3. The act of putting; an action; a movement; a thrust; a push.
    the put of a ball
    • The stag's was a forc'd put, and a chance rather than a choice.
  4. An old card game.
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put (plural puts)

  1. (obsolete) An idiot; a foolish person; a duffer.
    • 1733, James Bramston, "The Man of Taste":
      Queer Country-puts extol Queen Bess's reign,
      And of lost hospitality complain.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 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.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 11:
      The Captain has a hearty contempt for his father, I can see, and calls him an old put, an old snob, an old chaw-bacon, and numberless other pretty names.
    • 1870, Frederic Harrison, "The Romance of the Peerage: Lothair," Fortnightly Review:
      Any number of varlet to be had for a few ducats and what droll puts the citizens seem in it all!

put (plural puts)

  1. (obsolete) A prostitute.



  1. (software, testing) Acronym of parameterized unit test
  2. (software, testing) Acronym of parameterized unit testing
  3. (electronics) Initialism of programmable unijunction transistor
  • (programmable unijunction transistor) programmable UJT
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