General English

  • verb to place something somewhere


  • verb to push or place data onto a stack


  • The act of exercising an option to sell the underlying asset, or an option that confers upon the holder the right to sell the underlying asset to the option's writer — but not the obligation to do so — at a specified price and by a certain date. In the forex options market, a put on the base currency is also a call on the counter currency since currencies trade in pairs.


  • verb to lay or stand something in a particular place

Origin & History of “put”

Put is one of the commonest of English verbs, but its origins are uncertain. It goes back to an Old English *putian, never actually recorded but inferred from the verbal noun putung ‘instigation’, but where that came from is not known. It was presumably related to Old English potian ‘push, thrust’, whose middle English descendant pote formed the basis of modern English potter (16th c.). The golfing term putt (18th c.) is essentially the same word as put, differentiated in spelling and pronunciation.