\ˈplās \

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 \ 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 event took place at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Local Israel Bonds investors attend reception featuring Warren Buffett," 13 July 2018 Basin dredging and water quality improvement projects are expected to take place at May Watts Park and Winding Creek Park. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 In order to reduce that amount of plastic, consumers must push corporations to stop producing so much of it in the first place. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point," 12 July 2018 In fact, the Angels have been in first place for a total of 83 games in Trout’s career. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 According to Trinca, that is part of the reason Schoenhut decided to introduce the toy harp in the first place. Olivia Harrison,, "Every Celeb Kid Is Strumming On This Quaint Fairytale Instrument, But Why?," 12 July 2018 About 95% of the seats at LoanMart Field are on the infield, so there isn’t a bad view in the place. Howard Cole,, "Take me out to a Quakes game on a weekend escape to Rancho Cucamonga," 12 July 2018 To better protect oneself from contracting an STD in the first place, experts strongly recommend using condoms, dental dams, and/or other relevant forms of STD protection. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "An STD You’ve Never Heard of Could Be the Next Superbug," 12 July 2018 Now, the risk of revisiting that trauma by publicizing the list’s names threatens to wreak havoc on Latvian society, as well as the future of Latvian democracy – which some worry may have been the Soviets’ intent in the first place. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why a nearly 30-year-old list of names is roiling modern Latvia," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tam Warczynski of Abingdon finished first in the sprint aquabike in 1:05:07.Fred Hatfield, 49, of Edgewood placed third in the sprint duathlon in 1:04:51. Bill Blewett, The Aegis, "Harford triathletes fare well at Diamond in the Rough," 12 July 2018 The small Minnesota adoption agency that placed the children had a history of violations, including a failure to properly conduct home studies for pending placements. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 Dogs or cats up to 20 pounds each are accepted in carriers that can be placed under the seat of each pet owner. Mary Wisniewski,, "Pets now allowed on all Amtrak Midwest routes," 13 July 2018 The hope is that the posters, which feature Scottsdale residents of different genders, abilities and races in front of the city's iconic LOVE sculpture, will be placed in storefront windows and change perceptions about the city. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "'Scottsdale for All' hopes to spread inclusiveness," 13 July 2018 Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction. Indianapolis Star, "Attend Victor Oladipo Youth Basketball ProCamp," 12 July 2018 At his hearing Wednesday, Andrews had to be placed in tighter shackles and removed from the courtroom for refusing to sit still and be quiet. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'Pumped up agitated guy' arrested at LAX after walking onto tarmac," 12 July 2018 The message says that final purchases using the existing built-in service will need to be placed by Sept. 30, 2018, 9to5 Mac reports. Emily Price, Fortune, "Apple Is Getting Rid of Its Photo Printing Service," 12 July 2018 But these readings show only a narrow slice of the air, based on a handful of monitors that may not be placed where the worst pollution is. Jason Plautz, WIRED, "Cheap, Portable Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data," 11 July 2018

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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 who or what you believe should be trusted, blamed, etc.


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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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