place

noun
\ ˈplās How to pronounce place (audio) \

Definition of place

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : physical environment : space
b : a way for admission or transit
c : physical surroundings : atmosphere
2a : an indefinite region or expanse all over the place
b : a building or locality used for a special purpose a place of learning a fine eating place
c archaic : the three-dimensional compass of a material object
3a : a particular region, center of population, or location a nice place to visit
b : a building, part of a building, or area occupied as a home our summer place
4 : a particular part of a surface or body : spot
5 : relative position in a scale or series: such as
a : position in a social scale kept them in their place
b : a step in a sequence in the first place, it's none of your business
c : a position at the conclusion of a competition finished in last place
6a : a proper or designated niche or setting the place of education in society
b : an appropriate moment or point this is not the place to discuss compensation— Robert Moses
c : a distinct condition, position, or state of mind the postfeminist generation is in a different place— Betty Friedan
7a : an available seat or accommodation needs a place to stay
b : an empty or vacated position new ones will take their place
8 : the position of a figure in relation to others of a row or series especially : the position of a digit within a numeral
9a : remunerative employment : job
b : prestige accorded to one of high rank : status an endless quest for preferment and placeTime
10 : a public square : plaza
11 : a small street or court
12 : second place at the finish (as of a horse race)
in place

1 or less commonly into place

a : in an original or proper position
b : established, instituted, or operational systems in place
2 : in the same spot without forward or backward movement run in place
in place of
: as a substitute or replacement for : instead of
out of place
1 : not in the proper or usual location

place

verb
placed; placing

Definition of place (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put in or as if in a particular place or position : set
b : to present for consideration a question placed before the group
c : to put in a particular state place a performer under contract
d : to direct to a desired spot
e : to cause (the voice) to produce free and well resonated singing or speaking tones
2a : to assign to a position in a series or category : rank
b : estimate placed the value of the estate too high
c : to identify by connecting with an associated context couldn't quite place her face police placed them at the crime scene
3 : to distribute in an orderly manner : arrange
4 : to appoint to a position
5 : to find a place (such as a home or employment) for
6a : to give (an order) to a supplier
b : to give an order for place a bet
c : to try to establish a connection for place a telephone call

intransitive verb

: to earn a given spot in a competition specifically : to come in second (as in a horse race)

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Other Words from place

Verb

placeable \ ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce placeable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of place in a Sentence

Noun

New York City is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. I've heard it's a good place to raise children. places like Africa and South America the hottest place on earth churches and other places of worship You should plan to meet him in a public place. You've come to the right place. I have just what you need. They gave him a place to stay for the night. We're going to need a bigger place once the baby is born. He's looking to buy a place in the country.

Verb

The box was placed at the center of the room. You can really see the similarities when you place the two pictures side by side. Her name was placed on the list. The husbands and wives were placed in separate groups. They were placed next to each other in line. Working with sick people places him at risk for infection. By not accepting the prosecutor's deal, he places his future in the hands of the jury. We're placing you under arrest. He was released from jail and placed on probation.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sizeable protests took place in Kazakhstan on election day on June 9 and several days after. Washington Post, "Kazakhstan updates tally of protest arrests to nearly 4,000," 19 June 2019 The boys were freshmen at Visalia’s Redwood High School and were 14 and 15 years old when the alleged abuse took place during one week in the fall of 2017. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Tulare mom to be tried on charges of sex with daughters’ boyfriends," 18 June 2019 The second annual event takes place Saturday, June 22, at Riverview Park. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Suds & Slides: It's like summer camp for adults. With beer.," 18 June 2019 Sparkle's own story on that Sunday in Mount Auburn had a particular kind of poignancy for her: Her conversion therapy sessions had taken place down the street from the church. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "Drag queen Sparkle Leigh brings LGBT storytime to Cincinnati church," 18 June 2019 Sizeable protests took place in Kazakhstan on election day on June 9 and several days after. Fox News, "Kazakhstan updates tally of protest arrests to nearly 4,000," 18 June 2019 Set, in this case, means London and not exotic locations like Jamaica, where production took place most recently. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Naomie Harris weighs in on romantic future between James Bond and Moneypenny," 18 June 2019 An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the blunder took place in 2015. (June 18, 2019) Appeared in the June 18, 2019, print edition. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Black Cube: The Bumbling Spies of the ‘Private Mossad’," 18 June 2019 Eli Gregg, 15, was playing outside of his family home, about 90 miles outside of Kansas City on Thursday when the terrifying incident took place, the Associated Press reported. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Kansas Teen Lucky to be Alive After a 10-Inch Blade Plunges into His Face: 'It's Almost a Miracle'," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Harper was also handcuffed and placed into the back of the patrol car. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "What we know about the Phoenix police encounter with Dravon Ames and his family," 17 June 2019 But for the last several years, the federal government has been placing less money into the account than the city is spending – in fiscal year 2017, for example, $14.9 million was added to the fund while $24.4 million was spent. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: Trump still owes D.C. $7 million for inauguration," 14 June 2019 But for the last several years, the federal government has been placing less money into the account than the city is spending — in fiscal year 2017, for example, $14.9 million was added to the fund while $24.4 million was spent. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Trump still owes D.C. $7 million in inauguration costs as he plans July Fourth gala," 14 June 2019 The girl was uninjured and placed into the custody of the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources until she could be reunited with her guardian. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Mississippi fugitive accused of kidnapping young niece found asleep at Birmingham Pilot station," 14 June 2019 Yet both contenders, who are placed second and first respectively in the Democratic field in YouGov’s most recent poll for The Economist, have released environmental plans. The Economist, "The Democratic front-runners respond to the Green New Deal," 14 June 2019 Signs to notify trail users of the temporary closure will be placed on both ends of the project, officials said. Beacon-news Staff, Aurora Beacon-News, "Trail closures planned in Aurora, Sugar Grove," 14 June 2019 The bait system consists of placing 20 to 30 plastic tubes into the ground around the house and filling them with Sentricon bait. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Destructive super termites are swarming in South Florida, worse than ever, experts say," 10 June 2019 Why is Amanda such an interesting character to place into the Ren fair? Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Creator Of American Princess Wants To Take You To The Ren Fair & You Really Should Let Her," 8 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'place.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of place

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for place

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, open space, from Latin platea broad street, from Greek plateia (hodos), from feminine of platys broad, flat; akin to Sanskrit pṛthu broad, Latin planta sole of the foot

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place

noun

English Language Learners Definition of place

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a specific area or region of the world : a particular city, country, etc.
: a building or area that is used for a particular purpose
: a building, part of a building, or area that is used for shelter

place

verb

English Language Learners Definition of place (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something or someone) in a particular place or position
: to put (someone or something) in a particular state, condition, or situation
used to say that something is thought of as important, valuable, etc. + on or upon

place

noun
\ ˈplās How to pronounce place (audio) \

Kids Definition of place

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an available seat or space : room Let's make a place for the newcomer. There's no place to sit.
2 : a region or space not specified There's dust all over the place.
3 : a particular portion of a surface : spot
4 : a point in a speech or a piece of writing I lost my place.
5 : a building or area used for a special purpose a place of worship
6 : a certain area or region of the world It's a nice place to visit.
7 : a piece of land with a house on it We own a place in the country.
8 : position in a scale or series in comparison with another or others I finished the race in second place.
9 : usual space or use Paper towels can take the place of linen.
10 : the position of a figure in a numeral The number 128 has three places.
11 : a public square
12 : a short street

place

verb
placed; placing

Kids Definition of place (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put in or as if in a certain space or position Place the book on my desk. They place great importance on teamwork.
2 : to give an order for I'd like to place an ad in the paper.
3 : to appoint to a job or find a job for He was placed in command.
4 : to identify by connecting with a certain time, place, or happening I couldn't quite place her face.

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