place·​ment | \ ˈplās-mənt How to pronounce placement (audio) \

Definition of placement

1 : an act or instance of placing: such as
a : an accurately hit ball (as in tennis) that an opponent cannot return
b : the assignment of a person to a suitable place (such as a job or a class in school)

Examples of placement in a Sentence

the strategic placement of products at the entrance of a store the placement of microphones around the room The director tried several different camera placements for the scene. The agency has overseen the placement of hundreds of children in loving homes. the placement of unemployed workers
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Recent Examples on the Web After years of shielding Pakistan at the F.A.T.F., China and another close ally, Saudi Arabia, uncharacteristically stood aside as the monitoring group deliberated in 2018, leading to Pakistan’s placement on the gray list. New York Times, "Iran Remains on Antiterrorism Blacklist, Continuing Sanctions," 21 Feb. 2020 The Warren campaign also added a $67,000 placement in Maine, a Super Tuesday state slated to vote on March 3, and about $40,000 of ads to radio stations and print newspapers in South Carolina. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, "Elizabeth Warren campaign shifts ad spending after struggle in New Hampshire primary," 12 Feb. 2020 Researchers had already identified groundwater discharge in coastal areas as a key factor in the statues’ placement on Easter Island’s coast. Fox News, "Easter Island discovery: Experts shed new light on the mystery of the civilization’s 'collapse'," 11 Feb. 2020 Performing on a reality competition series for Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and T.I. A key song placement on a blockbuster Netflix series. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five Wisconsin Bands to Watch in 2020," 6 Feb. 2020 Hashtag challenges get prominent placement on the TikTok app, according to ad agency executives, and can generate hundreds of millions of views on the platform if successful. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "TikTok Eyes Larger Post-Super Bowl Marketing Push," 4 Feb. 2020 Reaching the highest level a high school musician can achieve, 10 SBISD student musicians and vocalists have won coveted placements in the Texas All-State Band, Orchestra and Choir. Spring Branch Isd, Houston Chronicle, "Ten SBISD students earn All-State music ensemble honors," 24 Jan. 2020 The league had been considering whether to put him on paid leave via placement on the commissioner’s exempt list. Mark Maske,, "NFL owners don’t know if their bid for a 17-game season will be successful," 17 Oct. 2019 But Finlay put enough power and placement on it to beat Clark and the Timbers. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United extends unbeaten run to 10 with 1-0 win over Portland," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of placement

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of placement was in 1795

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5 Apr 2020

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“Placement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of placement

: the act of putting something in a particular place
: the act of finding an appropriate place for someone to live, work, or learn

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