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

Essential Meaning of place

1 : a specific area or region of the world : a particular city, country, etc. Please state your place of birth and your current place of residence. [=where you were born and where you live now] New York City is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. See More ExamplesI've heard it's a good place to raise children. places like Africa and South America traveling to distant/exotic/faraway/remote places the hottest place on earthHide
2 : a building or area that is used for a particular purpose churches and other places of worship a place of learning/business See More ExamplesYou should plan to meet him in a public place. a local gathering/meeting place Muslim holy places ancient burial places We had dinner at a great little Italian place [=restaurant] downtown. He tried several places [=stores], but no one sold the ingredients he needed. You've come to the right place. I have just what you need. This bar is the place to be [=it is where many people go and where exciting things happen] on Saturday nights.Hide
3 : a building, part of a building, or area that is used for shelter They gave him a place to stay for the night.

Full 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


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)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from place


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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chavez won first place for first grade and Claahsen took top honors among the third graders competition. C.r. Walker,, 15 Sep. 2021 The attraction was designed with COVID-19 precautions in place and will follow local mandates, while also being equipped with UV-C light sanitization, MERV 16 air filtration, and nine-stage volatile organic compound (VOC) HEPA filters. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 15 Sep. 2021 The problem right now is that many companies have kept their pre-pandemic metrics in place. Sharon Harris, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Traffic restrictions remained in place Tuesday morning while officials continued the investigation. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 SpaceX did not provide details about its crew rescue plans, but says adequate safeguards are in place. William Harwood, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, smaller hospitals in outlying communities, even in places with less widespread virus transmission, are struggling to transfer seriously ill people or scrambling to care for them in place. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 The park’s historic wooden entrance sign dating to 1935 was covered in fire-resistant wrapping, and hoses were in place at the headquarters area for structure protection., 15 Sep. 2021 Arizona, Idaho and Tennessee are among the states with mature minor doctrines in place. Laura Romero, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Being able to place good boundaries around them will save you from losing time and being distracted. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The artwork was part of a 2016 project to place murals around the campus. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Residents are encouraged to place their leaves at the street ASAP for pick up. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2021 Harris, who did place her hand on the Bible when she was sworn in, is the first Black American, the first South Asian American and first woman elected vice president in U.S. history. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 This dresser is small enough to be tucked into a closet, yet also stylish enough to openly place in a hallway or entryway to house everything such as books and shoes. Amy Schulman,, 15 Sep. 2021 An upset of No. 7 Florida in week two during the 2018 season was still not enough to place the Wildcats in either poll. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2021 The draft policy no longer includes how to place an item or topic on the agenda. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021 In a bid to not be a tourism outpost like Tybee, St. Simons Island to the south has long resisted beach renourishment, choosing instead to place rocks on the beach to block erosion. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021

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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About place

Time Traveler for place

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near place



place a high value on

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for place

Last Updated

17 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Place.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for place


\ 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.

More from Merriam-Webster on place

Nglish: Translation of place for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of place for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about place


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!