\ ˈplās How to pronounce place (audio) \
plural places

Essential Meaning of place

1 : a specific area or region of the world : a particular city, country, etc. Please state your place of birth and your current place of residence. [=where you were born and where you live now] New York City is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. See More ExamplesI've heard it's a good place to raise children. places like Africa and South America traveling to distant/exotic/faraway/remote places the hottest place on earthHide
2 : a building or area that is used for a particular purpose churches and other places of worship a place of learning/business See More ExamplesYou should plan to meet him in a public place. a local gathering/meeting place Muslim holy places ancient burial places We had dinner at a great little Italian place [=restaurant] downtown. He tried several places [=stores], but no one sold the ingredients he needed. You've come to the right place. I have just what you need. This bar is the place to be [=it is where many people go and where exciting things happen] on Saturday nights.Hide
3 : a building, part of a building, or area that is used for shelter They gave him a place to stay for the night.

Full 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

— see also take place


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)

Other Words from place


placeable \ ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce place (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 The unlicensed testing was taking place in the parking lot of a former Bakers Square Restaurant, 8584 W. Dempster St., police said. Jennifer Johnson,, 18 Jan. 2022 Six Falcons claimed individual titles helping Perry Meridian place first with 271 points. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Jan. 2022 The diverse beach experience at Le Guanahani also helps the place feel more like a full resort than most other hotels on the island. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 18 Jan. 2022 Sarah Manguso’s first novel, Very Cold People (Hogarth, $26), describes a time and place diametrically opposed to Jena in 1800: the seriously Waspy town of Waitsfield, Massachusetts, in the late twentieth century. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 Rounding out the top five are Deep Creek Lake, MD, which came in fourth thanks to its 6.2 percent cap rate and $439,367 median home cost, followed by Conway, New Hampshire in fifth place with a 4.8 percent cap rate and a $343,412 median home cost. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 18 Jan. 2022 None of the five cards the dealer laid out improved Davies’s hand, so Heath won the pot, and Davies was eliminated in fourth place. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 An Associated Press survey of the energy policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that a strong majority— about two-thirds— say nuclear, in one fashion or another, will help take the place of fossil fuels. Jennifer Mcdermott, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Jan. 2022 Turner said Finley’s death was sudden, and conversations have taken place in criminal investigations as coworkers try to cope with the loss. William Thornton |, al, 18 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hertzberg, 67, told The Times he was motivated to run by new district lines that place much of the Valley inside a single district. Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2022 Customers in select areas will be able to exclusively place orders on or through the DoorDash app for pickup or delivery. Naomi Ludlow, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 The protocol activates the state’s emergency services WebEOC communications network, an internet system that allows local officials and state agencies to update the availability of shelter space so that 211 can place those who call. Staff,, 10 Jan. 2022 Amid a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases, the city of Cincinnati will expand public testing to six new locations that place an emphasis on racial equity, Mayor Aftab Pureval announced Thursday. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2022 What’s important to note is that Apple leaker dylandkt claims that Apple will place Face ID hardware under the display: Dylan said in a following remark that the hole-punch camera will have the shape of a pill. Chris Smith, BGR, 6 Jan. 2022 The state's current eviction process lets property owners place tenants' items outside, unprotected while taking possession of a unit. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2022 Customers can place advance reservations right away on its website, Chevy said Wednesday. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 5 Jan. 2022 Domaine de Broglie’s winemaker and general manager, Dave Petterson, told me a few days later that Coppola might place his most cherished childhood possession on display in the tasting room. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 Jan. 2022

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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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“Place.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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\ 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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