\ 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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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 The famous free-for-alls had epitomized the company’s egalitarian ethos, a place where employees and leaders could talk freely about nearly anything. Wired, "Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness," 19 Nov. 2019 Jewish community of Prague chairman Frantisek Banyai told CTK that such stones would be ritually returned to a place of reverence, adding that the community welcomed the city’s decision and hopes such cooperation will continue. Fox News, "Jewish gravestones used as cobblestones in Prague to be returned to Old Jewish Cemetery," 19 Nov. 2019 Major changes have taken place in Season 3, with new actors portraying all of the series's main characters. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did The Crown's Royal-Hating Journalist John Armstrong Really Exist?," 18 Nov. 2019 Residents looking for a staycation or out-of-town guest now have a new place to stay in Katy. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Aloft Houston Katy opens at Katy’s Boardwalk," 18 Nov. 2019 Many in Robinson’s South Baltimore community live in what’s considered a food desert, a place without easy access to a supermarket, and where few people have cars. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore is bringing subsidized Lyft rides to people who live in ‘food deserts’," 18 Nov. 2019 The Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony in 2019 will take place on Wednesday, December 4 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Will Be Totally Different This Year," 16 Nov. 2019 Personal, religious, or moral biases against suicide or a strong fear of the topic can get in the way of coming at it from a place of compassion instead of judgment or alarm. Anna Borges, SELF, "9 Things All Parents Should Know About Teens and Suicide," 15 Nov. 2019 The latest clash over Apple Pay took place in Germany this week, where lawmakers passed a series of anti-money laundering measures. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "US diplomats reportedly lobby against laws that open Apple Pay to competition abroad," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump placed his son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of the project last year. Paul Sonne, Anchorage Daily News, "Pentagon to divert $3.8 billion from its budget to build more of President Trump’s border barrier," 13 Feb. 2020 Eventually the county will place a traffic signal at the intersection. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Fog, slick spots, for morning commute," 13 Feb. 2020 Two type of Mac threats – NewTab and PCVARK – placed second and third Malwarebyte’s list of the most prevalent detections across all platforms. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Mac software threats climbed 400% in 2019, more than Microsoft Windows, report says," 13 Feb. 2020 After a disappointing fifth place in the Iowa caucuses, she's been placing big bets on the small state of New Hampshire. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Amy Klobuchar’s Rise & Elizabeth Warren’s Solidarity: New Hampshire Showed Women Can Win," 12 Feb. 2020 Most measures place the Wildcats above every other team in the conference, including Oregon. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Pac-12 basketball power rankings: Arizona, Arizona State still alive in conference race," 12 Feb. 2020 The deal was reached last week but not finalized until Wednesday, the first day teams could place players on the 60-day injured list to clear 40-man roster spots. Henry Schulman,, "Giants, Wilmer Flores finalize two-year, $6.25 million contract," 12 Feb. 2020 The fish was caught two days earlier, placed on ice overnight, and broken down into cubes by his kitchen team the very next morning. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 12 Feb. 2020 Buttigieg also placed a close second behind Klobuchar among voters age 45 and over. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The New Hampshire Results Signal a Long Nationwide Democratic Battle," 12 Feb. 2020

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

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“Place.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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