An option granting the right to sell the underlying futures contract. Opposite of a call. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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I. put put 1 [pʊt] verb put PTandPP putting PRESPART
1. put a proposal/​case etc to somebody to offer a proposal, plan etc to a group of people which they can accept or reject:

• The latest offer will be put to the negotiating committee this afternoon.

2. put your name to something to sign a letter, document etc saying that you agree with what is written in it
put something → across phrasal verb [transitive]
1. to explain your ideas, beliefs, policies etc in a way that people can understand:

• The finance director put her argument across very effectively.

2. put yourself across to communicate effectively, so that people have a clear idea of your character, ideas etc:

• advice on putting yourself across at interviews

put something → aside phrasal verb [transitive]
to save money regularly, usually for a particular purpose:

• Like many people, you may be putting money aside in one of the deposit-based savings accounts now available.

put something at something phrasal verb [transitive]
to calculate and state an amount, without trying to be very exact:

• Official estimates put the storm damage at over $10 million.

• Net assets are put at about £225 million.

• Analysts put the break-up value of the company at £3 billion more than its current £6.5 billion capitalization.

put something → away phrasal verb [transitive]
to save money to spend later:

• He has a few thousand put away for his retirement.

put something → back phrasal verb [transitive]
1. to arrange for an event to start at a later time or date:

• This afternoon's meeting has been put back to next Thursday.

2. to cause something to be delayed:

• The strike could put back the completion date by several weeks.

put something → by phrasal verb [transitive]
to save money regularly in order to use it later
put something → down phrasal verb [transitive]
1. to pay part of the total cost of something as a deposit:

• You will be required to put down a 25% deposit.

• How much could you afford to put down on a house?

2. put down a motion/​an amendment to suggest a subject, plan, change in the law etc for a parliament or committee to consider
put something → forward phrasal verb [transitive]
to suggest a plan, proposal etc, especially in order to start discussions about something that needs to be decided:

• The UK accountancy bodies have put forward the idea of a European accounting standards body.

• The working party has put forward a number of interesting proposals.

put in phrasal verb [transitive]
put in a claim/​request/​bid etc to officially make a claim, request etc to buy something, do something etc:

• Other unions immediately put in similar wage claims.

• Various companies have put in bids for the business.

put something → in/​into (something) phrasal verb [transitive]
1. if you put money in or into a business, a particular activity etc, you invest it there:

• Daewoo wanted GM to expand the joint-venture car plant. The plan called for each company to put in $100 million.

2. if you put money in or into a bank, you leave money in an account there:

• Why invest in stocks, which can be dangerous, when you can put money in a bank without any risk?

• small investors who put their money into building society savings accounts

put in for something phrasal verb [transitive]
to make a formal request for something:

• I'm putting in for a pay increase.

put something on something phrasal verb [transitive]
1. to add an amount of money onto the price or cost of something:

• The new tax could put another ten cents on the price of gas.

• At the close of trading, Sears put on 2 to 92p.

• Turnover put on almost £70 million to £337.5 million.

2. to risk an amount of money on the result of a game, race etc:

• We put £50 on Brazil to win the Cup.

put something → out phrasal verb [transitive]
1. to produce something for sale:

• A great many people are involved in putting out a newspaper.

2. if a company puts out a piece of work, it sends the work to be done by someone who does not work for the company:
put something → out to

• These days we put out a lot of work to freelancers.

put something → through phrasal verb [transitive]
to do what is necessary in order to get a plan or suggestion accepted or approved:

• Production will start up again when these changes have been put through.

put something → up phrasal verb [transitive]
1. to increase the price, cost, or value of something:

• The bank put up its interest rates by 1%.

• My landlord is putting the rent up.

2. put up money/​£50/​$3 million etc to provide an amount of money for a particular purpose, especially to start a business:

• He has agreed to put up $750 million for a 15% stake in the buyout consortium.

• Nearly £5 billion has been put up by private investors.

3. put something up for sale/​auction etc :

• Freeport put up for sale all its oil and gas reserves, but the company didn't receive any realistic offers.

• The factory equipment was put up for auction.

4. if you put up an asset as collateral for a loan, you obtain the loan on condition that the lender has the right to take and sell this asset if you fail to repay the loan:

• The bank refused to give him a loan until he put his home up as collateral.

  [m0] II. put put 2 noun [countable]
FINANCE another name for put option (= the right to sell shares etc at a particular price within a specific period of time):

In-the-money puts are options where the price at which the holder can sell the stock is well above the current market price of the shares.

• Japanese players are holding a large amount of dollar puts at 132.4 yen.

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   An option giving the buyer or the holder the right but not the obligation to sell the underlying instrument at an agreed price within a specified time. The seller or writer has the obligation to buy if the holder exercises the option to sell.
   ► See also Call.

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put UK US /pʊt/ verb (putting, put, put)
[T] to move something into a particular place: »

Can you put the file on my desk when you've finished with it, please?


We put the money in the safe at the end of each day.

[T] to write down or record information: »

Put your full name at the top of the form.


It's a good report, but you haven't put in anything about the costs.


You can save a lot of time and effort by putting your accounts on a computer.

[T] to express something in words: »

I hate these designs, but I don't know how to put it in a tactful way.


We're going to have to work very hard, but as Chris so succinctly put it, there's no gain without pain.

[T] to cause someone or something to be in a particular condition or situation: put sb in a difficult/awkward/embarrassing, etc. position »

This puts me in a very difficult position.

put sth into effect/practice »

Let's give her the chance to put her ideas into practice.


I don't know what the problem is, but we have two days to put it right.

put sb under pressure/strain/stress »

He put me under pressure to change my mind.

put sb out of business/work/a job »

Unemployment benefits for those put out of work have been extended for six months.

[T] to officially begin using something: »

The government is expected to put a new tax on cars.


The government put through a law requiring equal access to buildings for disabled people.

[T] to judge something or someone in comparison with other similar things or people: put sb/sth among sb/sth »

His four-year deal put him among the country's highest earners.

put sb/sth first/tenth/50th, etc. »

Washington's quarterly rate of one foreclosure for every 436 households put it 21st among states.

put a price/value/figure on sth — Cf. put a figure on sth
to put it bluntly/simply/briefly, etc. — Cf. to put it simply/briefly
put UK US /pʊt/ noun [C] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
PUT OPTION(Cf. ↑put option)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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