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

The dog belonged to a member of the family and was being cared for by the homeowners of the house where the attack took place. Fox News, "Iowa father hailed a hero after he dies while saving daughter, 5, from dog attack," 5 June 2019 The wedding took place at a castle on Long Island, in New York. Sydney Bucksbaum, refinery29.com, "The Jonas Brothers' Career Timeline Is Legitimately A Rollercoaster Of Emotions," 5 June 2019 But representatives of Sephora say that the new initiative was in the works long before the SZA incident took place. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Sephora Says Store Workshop Shutdown Is Not In Response To SZA Incident," 4 June 2019 This friendly will take place in the home of the Boston Red Sox - also owned by the Fenway Sports Group - a venue which last played host to a Reds match back in 2014. SI.com, "Liverpool Pre-Season 2019: Where to Watch the Reds Playing This Summer," 4 June 2019 The next step is to see what the Marlins do on Day 2, when Rounds 3-10 take place. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "In an effort to balance their farm system, Marlins prioritize bats early in MLB Draft," 4 June 2019 The first human flight took place in November 1783 in Paris. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Take to the Central Florida skies for Hot Air Balloon Day," 4 June 2019 The procedure will take place in Cleveland, shortly after Tilson Thomas’ performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "SF Symphony’s Michael Tilson Thomas facing heart surgery, takes leave from orchestra," 4 June 2019 To build consensus around a constitutional amendment, the restructuring should also take place along neutral principles that favor neither side. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fox enjoyed an 18-minute victory in the women’s competition, placing 19th overall in a field of 77 racers. Anchorage Daily News, "Will Ross wins close battle in 38.5-mile gravel bike race," 6 June 2019 Ishtawi was removed from the back seat, taken to the ground and placed in handcuffs, police said. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Police: Hobart man fired shots into mobile homes," 5 June 2019 In January 2017, Larry Dean Flowers pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges for placing a hidden camera in the women's bathroom of Szott’s Jeep Chrysler in Waterford, according to the Oakland Press. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Hidden camera found inside Starbucks bathroom in Allen Park," 4 June 2019 Before slicing your meat, throw it on a rimmed baking sheet and place the whole thing in the freezer. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "How to Slice Meat Thinly for Lightning-Fast Meals," 4 June 2019 And there are only a few customers capable of placing those kinds of orders. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 Their website states that a M.A.Di cabin can be installed without foundations by placing the unit on level ground. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Flat Pack, A-Frame Cabin Can Be Popped Up And Put Together in a Matter of Hours," 20 May 2019 The company says that in a standard parking lot, a Stan could create 50 percent more parking spaces by placing cars more efficiently. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Stan the Adorable Robot Could Be the Future of Parking Lots," 15 Mar. 2019 Instead of placing your left foot back on the floor, keep your left leg bent so that your foot is off the floor and your knee is in front of your body. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Get a Full-Body Workout With This 3-Move Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 13 Mar. 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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