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in place

Definition of in place

  1. 1 :  in the proper position <He makes sure that every hair on his head is in place before leaving the house.> <Tape held/kept the photo in place.> <The house's walls are in place, but nothing else has been done.> <With all the performers in place, we were ready to rehearse.>

  2. 2 :  in the state of being used or active <The new computer system should be in place by next Monday.> <These changes were already in place when the new president took office.>

  3. 3 US :  in the same location without moving forward or backward. <To warm up before swimming practice, we run in place for five minutes.>



Word by Word Definitions

placeplay
  1. :  physical environment :  space

    :  a way for admission or transit

    :  physical surroundings :  atmosphere

  1. :  to put in or as if in a particular place or position :  set

    :  to present for consideration

    :  to put in a particular state


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