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Meaning of “punt” in the English Dictionary

"punt" in British English

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puntnoun [C]

uk   us   /pʌnt/
  • punt noun [C] (BOAT)

a ​long, ​narrowboat with a ​flatbottom and ​squareends, ​moved by a ​personstanding at one end and ​pushing on the ​bottom of a ​river with a ​pole
  • punt noun [C] (KICK)

a way of ​kicking the ​ball in rugby or American ​football, by ​dropping it from ​yourhands and ​kicking it before it ​hits the ​ground, or a ​powerfulkick in ​football that ​causes the ​ball to go a ​long way

puntverb

uk   us   /pʌnt/
  • punt verb (KICK)

[T] (in rugby or American ​football) to ​kick the ​ball after you have ​dropped it from ​yourhands and before it ​touches the ​ground, or (in ​football) to ​kick the ​ballpowerfully so that it goes a ​long way [T] US informal If you punt something, you ​decide not to do or ​include it: We were ​running out of ​time, so we ​decided to punt the ​sightseeing and just go ​shopping.
  • punt verb (BOAT)

[I or T] to ​travel in a punt: We punted up the ​river. It's a ​gloriousafternoon - let's go punting.
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(Definition of punt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"punt" in American English

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puntverb [T]

 us   /pʌnt/
(in ​football) to ​kick the ​ball after you have ​dropped it from ​yourhands and before it ​touches the ​ground
punt
noun [C]  us   /pʌnt/
I ​caught the punt and ​startedrunning.
(Definition of punt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"punt" in Business English

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puntnoun [C]

uk   us   /pʌnt/ FINANCE
take a punt on sth informal to ​investmoney in something: It might be a good ​idea to take a punt on a few ​internettechnologystocks.
(Definition of punt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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