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

For those who don't know, Coachella 2019 takes place over the last two weekends in April. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Amazon Just Made Shopping for Coachella Way Easier With Its First Festival-Inspired Storefront," 27 Mar. 2019 Much like Blue Bloods, another crime drama that is filmed on-location in Brooklyn, New York, Chicago Fire has always been filmed where it's meant to take place, in the heart of Illinois. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Is Officially Coming Back for Season 8: Here's What to Know," 27 Mar. 2019 After the right combination of medications mingled in the corners of my brain, everything fell back into place quickly. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "Postpartum Depression Treatment Made Me Feel Helpless—Women Deserve Better Options," 25 Mar. 2019 My fibula had pierced through my skin and had to be hammered and screwed back into place. Sarah Gad, Marie Claire, "My Drug Overdose Saved My Life. Now I'm Saving Others.," 15 Mar. 2019 The 2019 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 10, with the Recording Academy giving out trophies in more than 80 categories. Aja Romano, Vox, "Grammy nominations 2019: Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack and Drake lead the pack," 7 Feb. 2019 Two hours west in Durham sits the Pit, a modern place near downtown where urbanites can choose... Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Deliberate Fate of Partisan Gerrymandering—Again," 24 Mar. 2019 Use vacuum attachments to remove dust from hard-to-reach places. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "Skipping Spring Cleaning Can Make Allergies and Asthma Much Worse, According to Doctors," 22 Mar. 2019 In part, this was because Facebook is running out of customers: the company has reached almost every person in North America, and has few other places to grow that are as lucrative. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Simply place your grates in the bag, pour in the liquid, seal the bag and shake gently so the cleaner coats the racks. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 Finally, place the tips of all 10 fingers in the center of your forehead and draw your fingers outward. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 To make this cut, place the front of the shoe against the workpiece. Tim Layton, Popular Mechanics, "Out Best Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Circular Saw," 14 Mar. 2019 Simply place the shades of your choosing in concentrated areas on your eye, then take a fluffy brush to blend. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "9 Pretty Spring 2019 Makeup Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 5 Mar. 2019 But in 2005, CPS removed the siblings from the Davises' care—due in large part to Sherry's record of substance abuse—and placed them in the Texas foster care system. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 6: "Beautiful Black Boys"," 15 Jan. 2019 Instead, the majority of the works are placed in stores and boutiques around the avenue Omotesando, a hub for design and architecture in bustling Shibuya, on the border of the hip Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 Create Your Designs Gently place your dry egg on top of the colored shaving cream in your muffin tin, trying not to allow the egg to touch the bottom of the tin. Country Living, "How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet," 15 Mar. 2019 Divide dough in half, place each half on a piece of plastic wrap, and shape both into 1½-in.-thick logs. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Green Tea Cookies," 15 Feb. 2019

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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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