place

noun
\ 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

place

verb
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

Verb

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

As the incumbent who has campaigned vigorously while most of his rivals were not even sure the vote would take place, Ghani is likely to win a second five-year term. Washington Post, "With U.S.-Taliban peace talks canceled, Afghan president is on the hot seat," 10 Sep. 2019 Lynchings were also said to have taken place on the mountain. USA TODAY, "Animation behind bars, Elliott the elk, SkyStar: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2019 Coco Live will take place across across one weekend only, on Nov. 8 and 9. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Disney and Pixar's Coco Will Come to Life on Stage in All-Star Concert with Original Cast," 10 Sep. 2019 The main action of The Topeka School takes place during Adam’s final year of high school, in 1997. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Boy, Uninterrupted," 10 Sep. 2019 The most serious form of attack can take place in data centers and cloud environments that have both DDIO and remote direct memory access enabled to allow servers to exchange data. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Weakness in Intel chips lets researchers steal encrypted SSH keystrokes," 10 Sep. 2019 Treatment typically takes place in three or more states and may consist of chemotherapy, blood transfusion, antibiotics, radiation or blood, and marrow transplantation. Fox News, "Mom's raw post on childhood cancer goes viral: 'It affects the entire family'," 10 Sep. 2019 Classes take place the first Saturday of every month and cost $15. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Yoga with goats? With wine? With rabbits? Try these 10 unique yoga classes in Indianapolis," 10 Sep. 2019 This year’s festival takes place October 11th, 12th, and 13th. The New Yorker, "Highlights from Twenty Years of The New Yorker Festival," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mothershead, a Mandarin Chinese teacher at Alexander Hamilton High School, has been placed on unpaid leave by Milwaukee Public Schools. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS teacher charged with human trafficking and sexual assault has been arrested again," 11 Sep. 2019 Forks and spoons should be placed handle down in the cutlery holder. Emma Soren, The New Yorker, "How to Properly Load a Dishwasher," 11 Sep. 2019 Each was placed into one of five 16-team brackets based on geography with fans of the respective schools voting via Twitter and the Baltimore Sun’s website. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown series set to kick off Friday at Owings Mills," 11 Sep. 2019 After a delay, Conley was placed on a back-board and driven off the field on a cart. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Gruden: Raiders’ Gareon Conley ‘going to be OK’ after scary injury," 10 Sep. 2019 In Sderot, the menorah was placed at the center of a traffic circle in a residential neighborhood. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Dutch Christians donate Europe’s largest menorah to rocket-battered Israeli city Sderot," 10 Sep. 2019 Many of the patients who seek medical attention wind up being hospitalized and almost a third of those are placed on ventilators to help them breathe at some point during their hospital stay. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "A vaping lung disease has sickened hundreds and caused deaths. Here's what you need to know.," 10 Sep. 2019 Tiger was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the misdemeanor DUI charge. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 Two were previously placed along Interstate 68 and the others on U.S. Alternate Route 40. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Signs Marking 'Negro Mountain’ Removed From Maryland Highways," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of place

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for place

Noun

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

noun

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

place

verb

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

place

noun
\ 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

place

verb
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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