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 The placements testify to the brokering brawn of executive-search firms. The Economist, "Take me to a leader Corporate headhunters are more powerful than ever," 6 Feb. 2020 Your title swaps the traditional placement of the characters, and your film also focuses more on Gretel, played by Sophia Lillis. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Oz Perkins on ‘Gretel & Hansel,’ feminist fairy tales, and suggestive triangles," 31 Jan. 2020 Here, the asymmetrical placement of the accent chairs plays off the asymmetry of the fireplace, giving the space a more cohesive look. Washington Post, "How to make sense of a large, asymmetrical family room," 29 Jan. 2020 Research has indicated placement of bottles near hearths and chimneys was commonly used in the process of warding off witches or breaking a spell. Phil Gast, CNN, "Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits. Really," 25 Jan. 2020 Others criticized her for not paying parking tickets that led to the university’s placement of the clamp, known as a barnacle. Brittany Britto, Houston Chronicle, "UH parking barnacle goes viral after student complains on social media," 17 Jan. 2020 The placement of the studs mimics the set of moles underneath his left eyebrow. Devon Abelman, Allure, "JB of GOT7 Just Got a Piercing Under His Eye," 2 Jan. 2020 The audio quality was surprisingly crisp as well, and the placement of the speakers ensured my hands didn't cause any interference. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Amazon's Fire HD 10 gives you great entertainment options on a budget," 26 Dec. 2019 The bar code increased the speed of checkout lines by some 40 percent, eliminated labor-intensive placement of price tags, and resulted in fewer register errors and more efficient inventory controls., "His death was confirmed by his son Craig.," 19 Dec. 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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9 Feb 2020

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“Placement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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