noun \ˈplās\

Definition of place

  1. 1a :  physical environment :  spaceb :  a way for admission or transitc :  physical surroundings :  atmosphere

  2. 2a :  an indefinite region or expanse all over the placeb :  a building or locality used for a special purpose a place of learning a fine eating placec archaic :  the three-dimensional compass of a material object

  3. 3a :  a particular region, center of population, or location a nice place to visitb :  a building, part of a building, or area occupied as a home our summer place

  4. 4 :  a particular part of a surface or body :  spot

  5. 5 :  relative position in a scale or series: such asa :  position in a social scale kept them in their placeb :  a step in a sequence in the first place, it's none of your businessc :  a position at the conclusion of a competition finished in last place

  6. 6a :  a proper or designated niche or setting the place of education in societyb :  an appropriate moment or point this is not the place to discuss compensation — Robert Mosesc :  a distinct condition, position, or state of mind the postfeminist generation is in a different place — Betty Friedan

  7. 7a :  an available seat or accommodation needs a place to stayb :  an empty or vacated position new ones will take their place

  8. 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. 9a :  remunerative employment :  jobb :  prestige accorded to one of high rank :  status an endless quest for preferment and placeTime

  10. 10 :  a public square :  plaza

  11. 11 :  a small street or court

  12. 12 :  second place at the finish (as of a horse race)

in place

  1. 1 or less commonly into place a :  in an original or proper positionb :  established, instituted, or operational systems in place

  2. 2 :  in the same spot without forward or backward movement run in place

in place of

  1. :  as a substitute or replacement for :  instead of

out of place

  1. 1 :  not in the proper or usual location

  2. 2 :  improper, inappropriate

Examples of place in a sentence

  1. New York City is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

  2. I've heard it's a good place to raise children.

  3. places like Africa and South America

  4. the hottest place on earth

  5. churches and other places of worship

  6. You should plan to meet him in a public place.

  7. You've come to the right place. I have just what you need.

  8. They gave him a place to stay for the night.

  9. We're going to need a bigger place once the baby is born.

  10. He's looking to buy a place in the country.

Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 13th century




Definition of place




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put in or as if in a particular place or position :  setb :  to present for consideration a question placed before the groupc :  to put in a particular state place a performer under contractd :  to direct to a desired spote :  to cause (the voice) to produce free and well resonated singing or speaking tones

  3. 2a :  to assign to a position in a series or category :  rankb :  estimate placed the value of the estate too highc :  to identify by connecting with an associated context couldn't quite place her face police placed them at the crime scene

  4. 3 :  to distribute in an orderly manner :  arrange

  5. 4 :  to appoint to a position

  6. 5 :  to find a place (such as a home or employment) for

  7. 6a :  to give (an order) to a supplierb :  to give an order for place a betc :  to try to establish a connection for place a telephone call

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to earn a given spot in a competition; specifically :  to come in second (as in a horse race)


play \ˈplā-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of place in a sentence

  1. The box was placed at the center of the room.

  2. You can really see the similarities when you place the two pictures side by side.

  3. Her name was placed on the list.

  4. The husbands and wives were placed in separate groups.

  5. They were placed next to each other in line.

  6. Working with sick people places him at risk for infection.

  7. By not accepting the prosecutor's deal, he places his future in the hands of the jury.

  8. We're placing you under arrest.

  9. He was released from jail and placed on probation.

15th Century

First Known Use of place

15th century

PLACE Defined for English Language Learners



noun \ˈplās\

Definition of place for English Language Learners

  • : 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




Definition of place for English Language Learners

  • : 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.

PLACE Defined for Kids



noun \ˈplās\

Definition of place for Students

  1. 1 :  an available seat or space :  room Let's make a place for the newcomer. There's no place to sit.

  2. 2 :  a region or space not specified There's dust all over the place.

  3. 3 :  a particular portion of a surface :  spot

  4. 4 :  a point in a speech or a piece of writing I lost my place.

  5. 5 :  a building or area used for a special purpose a place of worship

  6. 6 :  a certain area or region of the world It's a nice place to visit.

  7. 7 :  a piece of land with a house on it We own a place in the country.

  8. 8 :  position in a scale or series in comparison with another or others I finished the race in second place.

  9. 9 :  usual space or use Paper towels can take the place of linen.

  10. 10 :  the position of a figure in a numeral The number 128 has three places.

  11. 11 :  a public square

  12. 12 :  a short street




Definition of place for Students




  1. 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. 2 :  to give an order for I'd like to place an ad in the paper.

  3. 3 :  to appoint to a job or find a job for He was placed in command.

  4. 4 :  to identify by connecting with a certain time, place, or happening I couldn't quite place her face.

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