place

1 of 2

noun

plural places
1
a
: physical environment : space
b
: a way for admission or transit
c
: physical surroundings : atmosphere
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
6
a
: 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 compensationRobert Moses
c
: a distinct condition, position, or state of mind
the postfeminist generation is in a different placeBetty Friedan
7
a
: 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
9
a
: 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)

see also take place

place

2 of 2

verb

placed; placing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
6
a
: 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)
placeable adjective
Phrases
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
2

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Steve Mulroy, the district attorney, explained in an online statement that the investigation is ongoing and there is nothing in place that can prevent his department from adding more charges. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 31 Jan. 2023 Everything is in place and getting ready to go now, Gjaja said. Phoebe Wall Howard, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2023 Staff within the council also hacked their way around not having their regular systems in place. Matt Burgess, WIRED, 30 Jan. 2023 Heavy rain and flash flooding concerns rise in eastern Texas by Tuesday, with a slight risk of excessive rainfall in place from eastern Texas to northwest Louisiana Wednesday. Rob Shackelford, CNN, 30 Jan. 2023 There’s no plan in place for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Games. Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2023 There’s boning detail to help hold everything in place, and the thick and stretchy fabric helps flatter any figure. Jill Schildhouse, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2023 The two evoke the toxic patriarchal systems in place in both the Piper household and the one Materia grew up in under her strict Lebanese father, Mr. Mahmoud (Antoine Yared). Glenn Sumi, Variety, 30 Jan. 2023 The letter additionally asked what safeguards are in place to avoid bias and discrimination. Marco Marcelline, PCMAG, 29 Jan. 2023
Verb
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, place the chicken breasts, skin side down. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Jan. 2023 The suspects then place the victim's body in the car and drove it to Ingolstadt, where it was found that evening. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2023 Simply place the wager to start earning rewards through Caesars. Chris Ilenstine, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2023 Next, simply place the opener over your wine bottle and press the button. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Jan. 2023 That will place particular focus on Mr. Powell’s postmeeting news conference. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2023 Meanwhile, Emma, which sat atop the heap from 2014 through 2018, should again place strongly this year. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 30 Jan. 2023 Click our links to activate the code CLEVELANDCOM, then place up to a grand on any upcoming NBA game, Chiefs-Eagles, or another eligible betting market. cleveland, 30 Jan. 2023 Then, place a bet on any NBA or NFL game this weekend. al, 28 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of place was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near place

Cite this Entry

“Place.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/place. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

place

1 of 2 noun
1
: an available space : room
make a place for the newcomer
2
a
: a region not made clear in description
all over the place
b
: a building or spot set apart for a special purpose
a place of learning
3
a
: a certain region or center of population
a nice place to visit
b
: house entry 1 sense 1, dwelling
nice place you have here
our summer place
4
: a certain part of a surface or body : spot
a sore place on my shoulder
lost my place in the book
5
: relative position in a scale or series
kept them in their place
in the first place, you're wrong
finished in last place
6
a
: a proper position
the place of education in society
b
: a suitable moment or point
this is not the place to discuss that problem
7
a
: an available seat or accommodation
needs a place to stay
b
: usual space or use
paper towels take the place of linen
8
: the position of a digit in a numeral
the number 316 has three places
in 2.718 the digit 1 is two places after the decimal point
9
10
: a public square
11
: a short street
12
: second position at the finish (as of a horse race)

place

2 of 2 verb
placed; placing
1
: to put or arrange in a certain place or position
2
a
: to appoint to a position
was placed in command
b
: to find a job or home for
place a child for adoption
3
a
: to assign to a position in a series or category : rank
b
: estimate entry 1 sense 1
placed the value of the ring too high
c
: to identify by association
couldn't quite place her face
4
: to give an order for
place a bet
5
: to come in second (as in a horse race)

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