\ 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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Other Words from place


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 Warren has crept steadily up in the polls, hovering in many of them in second place, behind Joe Biden. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Elizabeth Warren’s Crusade Against Corruption," 17 Sep. 2019 The difference is that Helix received 15 second-place votes and one third. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Helix leaps over St. Augustine for top ranking," 16 Sep. 2019 The film rankings from Toronto was followed by Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B and was released theatrically this weekend, in second place, and Kristen Stewart's Seberg in third. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: 'Joker,' 'Knives Out' Star Chris Evans Dominated Twitter During Festival," 16 Sep. 2019 Wade Grimshaw of Tehachapi had the second-place time of 8.0 seconds. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Matt Deskovick top steer wrestler at Banning rodeo," 16 Sep. 2019 Second-place Ryan Beckett of Anchorage knocked off 12 laps in 9 hours, 17 minutes and 39 seconds -- which would have been a new course record had Connelly not already obliterated it by doing a dozen laps in 8 hours, 51 minutes. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Connelly crushes Climbathon," 15 Sep. 2019 Trout finished with a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBIs and a .291 batting average, putting him in contention to win his third AL MVP award along with four second-place finishes. Jill Painter Lopez,, "Angels’ Mike Trout to undergo season-ending foot surgery," 15 Sep. 2019 Broadneck beat second-place finishing Leonardtown by 66 points. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "River Hill boys, Broadneck girls cross country teams win Howard County Invitational," 14 Sep. 2019 Hodgdon’s victory coupled with Chapman’s eighth-place finish means Hodgdon will take a 10-point lead over Chapman to the final event. Shawn Courchesne,, "Teddy Hodgon bounces back at Stafford with SK Light victory," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was waived by Tennessee before the start of the season, picked up by the Dolphins but placed on injured reserve for the 2018 season. Charlotte Carroll,, "Jets Quarterback Trevor Siemian Out Year With Ankle Injury," 17 Sep. 2019 Rod Hart, president of the Maryland division of Beazer Homes, said a 79-unit project scheduled to be placed on Montgomery Road, is currently subject to the 100-year standard and cost developers $400,000. Erin B. Logan,, "Proposals to ease development’s impact on Ellicott City flooding draw opposition from industry," 17 Sep. 2019 After the film aired on Afghan television, Mullah Tur Jan was murdered, and an acquaintance informed Fazili that a bounty had been placed on his head. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Midnight Traveler” Expands the Narrative of the Refugee Documentary," 17 Sep. 2019 What’s strange is the fool’s way of placing the staff his bundle hangs from over his right shoulder while holding the staff in his left hand. Mark Hutchinson, Harper's magazine, "In the Cards," 16 Sep. 2019 The neighbor was alert after he was shot and was able to walk to the ambulance without being placed on a stretcher, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Man under arrest after he shot neighbor in Hartford Sunday, police say," 16 Sep. 2019 The Steelers quarterback will undergo surgery on his right elbow and be placed on injured reserve, ending his 16th season just two weeks in. Will Graves,, "Ben Roethlisberger will miss the rest of the Steelers season after undergoing elbow surgery," 16 Sep. 2019 Burns goes back to the 1920s, charting the birth of the genre, the way different groups placed their stamp on it, and its impact during the Depression. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Country Music' registers on lower scale of Ken Burns documentaries," 15 Sep. 2019 Coat apple in sprinkles and place on prepared baking pan; Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Apple Cat Faces," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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27 Sep 2019

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

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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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