\ 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 Also in the winners' circle was Miranda Lambert, who bagged her 14th CMA Award, extending her lead among female artists and tying her in fourth place overall with Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert and More React to 2020 CMA Awards," 12 Nov. 2020 Or look at a solid state drive (SSD) which has no spinning media, and could be a safer place to store your data. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Google Photos to drop free unlimited storage on images and videos. Here are your other options.," 12 Nov. 2020 There is no place for the Attorney General in elections. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "William Barr’s “Radical Break” from Precedent, and the Future of the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2020 Our recurring coronavirus-era viewing recommendations are indexed in the same place arts event listings (sigh) used to post. Los Angeles Times, "17 culture picks: Jon Hamm, Luis Alfaro, Chicano Batman and Bourne’s swans," 12 Nov. 2020 When the pandemic shuttered parts of the U.S. last March, many companies discovered workers didn’t need to be in one place. Janet O’grady, Vogue, "Mid-Pandemic, Ski Towns Are Seeing a New Influx of Year-Round Residents," 12 Nov. 2020 The celebrity network is both the best and worst place to seek out skin-care advice. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Pharrell Dives Into the Beauty Business," 12 Nov. 2020 This funding will help the center expand its mission of providing a safe and warm place for homeless residents of Enfield during the coldest times of the year., "Community news for the Enfield edition," 12 Nov. 2020 And small gatherings with friends at home are becoming a place where the virus is spreading easily, health officials said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin reports record 7,497 new coronavirus cases and 58 deaths as the seven-day case average passes 6,000," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beginning with turkey, lay bird skin-side down and place approximately one cup room-temperature stuffing into center, patting down the layer. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Taking on turducken for National Cook Something Bold Day," 13 Nov. 2020 The smaller, lighter upper stages give the final kick to place their payloads, and the upper stage itself, into orbit. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "Space Is Littered With Dead Rocket Stages. What If We Turned Them Into Habitats?," 13 Nov. 2020 His prediction proved correct in November when the court heard Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which pits a Catholic foster care provider against a city rule requiring it to place children with gay or transgender parents. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'Massive amounts of litigation': Biden administration set to overturn religious liberty protections," 13 Nov. 2020 Over the summer, San Diego Superior Court Judge Howard Shore rejected a proposal to place Bocklett in a home in Pauma Valley. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sexually violent predator soon to be living in rural East County home," 12 Nov. 2020 After Humphrey’s positive test, the Ravens had to place seven other players on the reserve/COVID-19 list as close contacts. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Lamar Jackson says opposing defenses are calling out Ravens’ plays before the snap: NFL news roundup," 12 Nov. 2020 Do all of these things—and ultimately, place your trust in God. Eugene Cho, Fortune, "How Christians should react to the 2020 election results," 12 Nov. 2020 In an audio recording, a trainer is heard saying that in order to record a ballot as challenged, election workers should place the ballot in a secrecy sleeve and cover the ballot number with a Post-It. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Video falsely claims Detroit poll workers were trained to steal election. Here are the facts.," 11 Nov. 2020 The choice of Klain underscores the effort the incoming Biden administration will place on the coronavirus response from day one. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, "Biden chooses longtime adviser Ron Klain as chief of staff," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

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“Place.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce place (audio)

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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