em·​place im-ˈplās How to pronounce emplace (audio)
emplaced; emplacing; emplaces

transitive verb

: to put into position
missiles emplaced around the city

Examples of emplace in a Sentence

the plan is to emplace more guns on the ridge north of the camp
Recent Examples on the Web Green plastic outer shell, with nearly 2.5lb of liquid explosive It cannot be neutralized or disarmed after it has been emplaced. Samuel Granados, Washington Post, 22 July 2023 The idea is that, once emplaced, a Littoral Regiment can scatter smaller subunits armed with sensors, anti-ship missiles, and air-defense missiles throughout an area. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2023 German forces had emplaced more than 5,000 canisters of chlorine gas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2023 At an intersection nearby, Ukrainian troops used a crane to emplace concrete slabs, fortifying the neighborhood. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2022 Kevin had personally watched this man bury IEDs and train others how to emplace bombs. Annie Jacobsen, Wired, 20 Jan. 2021 Incentives, properly emplaced and communicated, are one excellent way to encourage behaviors based on your company’s values. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2020 The state Transportation Department is offering to produce and emplace roadside memorials as a way to keep highways free of roadside safety hazards. USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2019 Older mine-hunting systems typically involved putting human divers or even marine mammals into the water to check out suspected mines, then emplacing explosives to destroy them at a distance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


back-formation from emplacement

First Known Use

circa 1627, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emplace was circa 1627

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“Emplace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emplace. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


em·​place im-ˈplās How to pronounce emplace (audio)
: to put into place

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