place

1 of 2

noun

plural places
1
a
: physical environment : space
b
: a way for admission or transit
c
: physical surroundings : atmosphere
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
6
a
: 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
7
a
: 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
9
a
: remunerative employment : job
b
: prestige accorded to one of high rank : status
an endless quest for preferment and place Time
10
: a public square : plaza
11
: a small street or court
12
: second place at the finish (as of a horse race)

see also take place

place

2 of 2

verb

placed; placing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
6
a
: 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)
placeable adjective
Phrases
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
2

Example Sentences

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
Critical habitat, an area where special protections are in place, is a requirement for all populations with Endangered Species Act listings. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2022 Storm Prediction Center has a Level 1 out of 5 risk for severe weather in place across nearly all of south Alabama. Leigh Morgan, al, 26 Nov. 2022 Other cases can add thickness that reduces the effectiveness of the magnets, but these cases include their own magnets to make sure everything stays in place. Eric Ravenscraft, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2022 On Friday morning, electricity had been restored to meet about 70% of the country's needs, but rolling blackouts remained in place, Ukrenergo said in a statement posted on Telegram. Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2022 Fryar, who started two weeks ago in place of Dawand Jones, was the second-string right tackle during warm ups. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2022 Petroni, who provides probate assistance to the tax foreclosure prevention project at the United Community Housing Coalition, said that title issues arise when there is no will or trust in place. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2022 But there also are qualifiers in place through unwritten team rules, which leads to a more orderly process. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 26 Nov. 2022 Wind advisories are in place for around 9 million people across the southeast, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Birmingham, Huntsville and Asheville, Alabama. Christine Rapp, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2022
Verb
Her position is supported by Report for America, which is working to fill gaps in reporting across America and to place a new generation of journalists in community news organizations around the country. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Nov. 2022 Players who take advantage of this offer will be able to place an initial wager on any NFL game with up to $1,000 covered in bet insurance. cleveland, 27 Nov. 2022 Now, the MMHIs on both campuses work alongside a nonprofit called Maristan to place Muslim-identifying therapists on college campuses. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2022 Hermosillo, talking on a Telemundo telecast, clearly believed Mexico needed to play with an attacking mind-set and place pressure on the opposing back line. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Nov. 2022 Michael's legal team identified witnesses who place Johnny near the crime scene on the morning of the murder, just as first responders were arriving. CBS News, 26 Nov. 2022 At a booth nearby, Rochelle Garcia, creator of Blue Corn Custom Designs, stirred together blue corn mush to place atop her signature mini pumpkin pancakes. The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2022 Because the company has already been fined for breaching its original consent decree, the punishment for another breach would be significant, and could place Twitter under even more stringent requirements to ensure security is maintained. WIRED, 23 Nov. 2022 The set has various boards that children place leaves on top of, whether by matching a pattern or in response to a prompt. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near place

Cite this Entry

“Place.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/place. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

place 1 of 2

noun

1
: an available space : room
make a place for the newcomer
2
a
: a region not made clear in description
all over the place
b
: a building or spot set apart for a special purpose
a place of learning
3
a
: a certain region or center of population
a nice place to visit
b
: house entry 1 sense 1, dwelling
nice place you have here
our summer place
4
: a certain part of a surface or body : spot
a sore place on my shoulder
lost my place in the book
5
: relative position in a scale or series
kept them in their place
in the first place, you're wrong
finished in last place
6
a
: a proper position
the place of education in society
b
: a suitable moment or point
this is not the place to discuss that problem
7
a
: an available seat or accommodation
needs a place to stay
b
: usual space or use
paper towels take the place of linen
8
: the position of a digit in a numeral
the number 316 has three places
in 2.718 the digit 1 is two places after the decimal point
9
10
: a public square
11
: a short street
12
: second position at the finish (as of a horse race)

place

2 of 2

verb

placed; placing
1
: to put or arrange in a certain place or position
2
a
: to appoint to a position
was placed in command
b
: to find a job or home for
place a child for adoption
3
a
: to assign to a position in a series or category : rank
b
: estimate entry 1 sense 1
placed the value of the ring too high
c
: to identify by association
couldn't quite place her face
4
: to give an order for
place a bet
5
: to come in second (as in a horse race)

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