place·​ment ˈplās-mənt How to pronounce placement (audio)
: an act or instance of placing: such as
: an accurately hit ball (as in tennis) that an opponent cannot return
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Applicants must submit photos of their burrow, the overall tortoise enclosure, shade areas, placement of a water dish and access to food and a diagram of the enclosure with dimensions. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2024 Not to mention, as anyone with a passing experience with Detroit freeways knows, the placement would have never worked. Erin Marquis / Jalopnik, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2024 City officials have said the cabin shelters, built with an $8.3 million state grant, are also intended to provide residents with job placement support, case management, counseling and help finding housing. Ethan Varian, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 Our most recent update to the Fire TV home screen means customers will start on the Learn More button of one of our most popular placements to discover something great to watch. Chris Welch, The Verge, 5 Apr. 2024 Learn about the Student of the Week nominees: Heidi Lutz-Buford, Oldham County High School: Heidi has taken a very demanding advanced placement and dual-credit course load and has a 4.0 unweighted cumulative GPA. The Courier-Journal, 29 Mar. 2024 Related article The super-rich are buying more ultra-customized Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis The system in the QX80, developed by Infiniti along with Panasonic Automotive and Klipsch, works through a combination of clever speaker placement and sound canceling technology. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 In addition to several types of discrimination, other examples include bullying, hate crimes or incidents, placement on the terror watchlist and encounters with law enforcement. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 The team also found toilets and drainage pipes, and the placement of the pipes suggests the original structure had up to four floors. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of placement was in 1795

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“Placement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


place·​ment ˈplā-smənt How to pronounce placement (audio)
: an act or instance of placing
especially : the assignment of a person to a suitable place (as a class in school or a job)
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