place

noun
\ ˈplās How to pronounce place (audio) \
plural places

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

— see also take place

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 place (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 Authorities insist restitution claims will still be possible through courts, regardless of the claimants' nationality or place of residence. BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2021 Either way, anchovy paste deserves a place of honor in your fridge. Marianna Cerini, Bon Appétit, 29 July 2021 The cause and place of death was not immediately available. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 The District of Columbia has been designated a place of substantial transmission. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 The request is largely an effort to reclaim the sport’s cultural and spiritual importance in the place of its birth. NBC News, 27 July 2021 The decadent canapé takes the place of a traditional bread roll, presented as a beignet atop jams made from local apricot, cherry or orange blossom — depending on the season. Valerie Demicheva And Flora Chang, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021 In place of restrictions, Lamont has urged that all residents seek a COVID-19 vaccine. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 26 July 2021 But due to the tight schedule right now, Morgan got the start in place of Donny Toia. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The answer, per the namesake movie, was 7 p.m., when prospective customers could access the week's menu and place an order. Bridgette M. Redman, Chron, 30 July 2021 The 616,000 immigrants enrolled in DACA are shielded from deportation and allowed to work legally in the U.S. Enrollment, which must be renewed every two years, does not place beneficiaries on a pathway to citizenship. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 27 July 2021 Those with quick enough fingers might manage to switch tabs quickly enough to find the listing and place their order before hordes of other gamers (and a swarm of bots) arrive to snatch up the graphics card. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 27 July 2021 Coach Jim Harbaugh suggested Michigan will place Hutchinson all over the field, hoping offenses will have to constantly account for that movement. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 Sprinkle a pinch of salt in the center of each square, then place a palmful of cooked rice on top. Sho Boo, WSJ, 23 July 2021 One of the most complex tools developed by researchers in recent years is the Potential Control Locations (PCL) algorithm, which uses machine learning to suggest where firefighters should place their control lines during a blaze. Avi Asher-schapiro, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 July 2021 All users have to do is place their iPad near their Mac, and slide the mouse over to the iPad. Maren Estrada, BGR, 20 July 2021 For now, a sparse website lets in-the-know fans place made-to-measure orders, but Grupski vows to take the line IRL soon. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2021

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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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The first known use of place was in the 13th century

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placcate

place

place a high value on

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31 Jul 2021

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“Place.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/place. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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