Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
  2. (verb, contact) put into a certain place or abstract location
    Set the tray down
    Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
    Place emphasis on a certain point
  3. (verb, contact) cause to be in a certain state; cause to be in a certain relation
    put your ideas in writing
  4. (verb, communication) formulate in a particular style or language
    She cast her request in very polite language
  5. (verb, consumption) attribute or give
    He put all his efforts into this job
    The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story
  6. (verb, possession) make an investment
  7. (verb, cognition) estimate
  8. (verb, perception) cause (someone) to undergo something
  9. (verb, creation) adapt
  10. (verb, cognition) arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
    set up one's life
    I put these memories with those of bygone times

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Put

  1. late O.E. putung "instigation, urging," lit. "putting;" also pytan "put out, thrust out" (of eyes), probably from Gmc. stem that also produced Dan. putte "to put," Swed. dial. putta. Meaning "act of casting a heavy stone overhead" (as a trial of strength) is attested from c.1300. Adj. phrase put out "angry, upset" is first recorded 1887; to more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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