\ 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


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


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

Examples of place in a Sentence


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.


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

The discussion takes place 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Westlake Community Services offers seniors healthy programs and housing options in July," 2 July 2019 The lockdown took place close in time to when Vice President Michael Pence abruptly cancelled a visit to New Hampshire. John R. Ellement,, "Lockdown at Air National Guard facility at Portsmouth, N.H., airport lifted," 2 July 2019 Both of those films will likely take place outside of Earth. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Breaking Down the Spider-Man: Far From Home Post-Credits Scenes," 2 July 2019 That election board complaint, which was filed by Niles resident Ralph Albanito, was later withdrawn before a formal hearing could take place. Jennifer Johnson,, "Niles inspector general: No evidence found to support election-related ethics complaint," 2 July 2019 In fact, something of a generational denunciation is always taking place. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Pavlik Morozov Is the Patron Saint of Cancel Culture," 2 July 2019 Galaxy Unpacked 2019 takes place August 7 at 4pm ET, when the company will show off the Galaxy Note 10 in all its glory. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The Galaxy Note 10 launches August 7," 2 July 2019 The highest number of drunk driving fatalities took place between the hours of 11 pm and 12 am as well, with 95 deaths. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County has second highest number of traffic drunk-driver fatalities in U.S. on Fourth of July," 2 July 2019 Organizers still need the approval of police district captains and the licensing board to receive a parade permit and an entertainment license before the parade can take place. Hollie Silverman And Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "'Straight Pride Parade' organizers say they received suspicious envelopes in the mail. They were full of glitter," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fashion label recently named a new designer, Daniel Roseberry, and this was his fearless debut: Coats covered in fake red nails with crystal chains and more red nails placed on top of the hair to match. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "Schiaparelli Makes the Case for Matching Your Makeup to Your Outfit," 3 July 2019 In Philadelphia last week, 72 police officers were removed from their posts and placed on administrative duty after The Plain View Project, a research group, uncovered alleged racist posts by the officers. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "CBP Investigating Offensive Border Patrol Facebook Group Activity," 3 July 2019 Harris said the project started after club members placed flags on the Fourth of July and some of them went out for pizza afterward. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Rotarians raise funds to house firefighters fighting cancer," 3 July 2019 Often, these sorts of alarms can result in careless re-arrest when taken too seriously, placing burdens on those wearing the devices and interfering with their ability to hold down a job or fulfill family duties. Andrew Boryga,, "Accused rapist takes off, showing that ankle monitors aren’t a perfect solution," 3 July 2019 He is expected to receive a stayed sentence and be placed on probation for 10 years. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man pleads guilty to accidentally fatally shooting cousin, tells judge he thought gun was empty," 3 July 2019 Last month, the county board voted to spend up to $20,000 on a poll of county residents likely to vote in November to help assess whether the proposal should be placed on the ballot. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "This part of the Macomb County Jail is old and hot," 2 July 2019 After the initiative was placed on the ballot by the Lakewood City Council in April following months of legal battling in court over the measure’s validity, money began to pour in — mostly to defeat it. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Lakewood voters pump brakes on home building, pass slow-growth initiative in special election," 2 July 2019 Hunt was never charged or arrested for the incident but was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List as a result of the video that surfaced while the league investigated his misconduct. Emily Caron,, "Dez Bryant on Kareem Hunt: 'Everybody Goes Through Problems'," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of place


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


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

History and Etymology for place


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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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



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


\ 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


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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