Meaning of PLACE in English

PLACE

/ pleɪs; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

POSITION / POINT / AREA

1.

[ C ] a particular position, point or area :

Is this the place where it happened?

This would be a good place for a picnic.

I can't be in two places at once.

CITY / TOWN / BUILDING

2.

[ C ] a particular city, town, building, etc. :

I can't remember all the places we visited in Thailand.

I used to live in York and I'm still fond of the place.

The police searched the place.

We were looking for a place to eat .

Let's get out of this place!

3.

[ C ] (especially in compounds or phrases) a building or an area of land used for a particular purpose :

a meeting place

The town has many excellent eating places .

churches and other places of worship

He can usually be contacted at his place of work .

—see also resting place

AREA ON SURFACE

4.

[ C ] a particular area on a surface, especially on a person's body :

He broke his arm in three places.

The paint was peeling off the wall in places .

IN BOOK / SPEECH, etc.

5.

[ C ] a point in a book, speech, piece of music, etc., especially one that sb has reached at a particular time :

She had marked her place with a bookmark.

Excuse me, I seem to have lost my place .

SEAT

6.

[ C ] a position, seat, etc., especially one that is available for or being used by a person or vehicle :

Come and sit here—I've saved you a place .

I don't want to lose my place in the line.

Would you like to change places with me so you can see better?

I've set a place for you at the table.

ROLE / IMPORTANCE

7.

[ sing. ] place (in sth) the role or importance of sb/sth in a particular situation, usually in relation to others :

He is assured of his place in history.

Accurate reporting takes second place to lurid detail.

My father believed that people should know their place (= behave according to their social position) .

It's not your place (= your role) to give advice.

Anecdotes have no place in (= are not acceptable in) an academic essay.

AT UNIVERSITY / SCHOOL

8.

[ C ] an opportunity to take part in sth, especially to study at a school or university or on a course :

She's been offered a place at Bath to study Business.

There are very few places left on the course.

IN SPORTS TEAM

9.

[ C ] the position of being a member of a sports team :

She has won a place in the Olympic team.

He lost his place in the first team.

CORRECT POSITION

10.

[ C ] the natural or correct position for sth :

Is there a place on the form to put your address?

Put it back in its place when you've finished with it.

SAFE AREA

11.

[ C ] (usually with a negative) a suitable or safe area for sb to be :

These streets are no place for a child to be out alone at night.

HOME

12.

[ sing. ] a house or flat / apartment; a person's home :

What about dinner at my place ?

I'm fed up with living with my parents, so I'm looking for a place of my own .

IN RACE / COMPETITION

13.

[ C , usually sing. ] a position among the winners of a race or competition :

He finished in third place.

MATHEMATICS

14.

[ C ] the position of a figure after a decimal point :

The number is correct to three decimal places.

STREET / SQUARE

15.

Place [ sing. ] ( abbr. Pl. ) used as part of a name for a short street or square :

66 Portland Place

IDIOMS

- all over the place

- change / swap places (with sb)

- fall / slot into place

- give place to sb/sth

- be going places

- if I was / were in your place

- in the first place

- in the first, second, etc. place

- in my, your, etc. place

- in place

- in place of sb/sth | in sb's / sth's place

- out of place

- a place in the sun

- put yourself in sb else's / sb's place

- put sb in their place

- take place

- take sb's / sth's place | take the place of sb/sth

- take your place

—more at hair , heart , pride noun , rock noun

■ verb

IN POSITION

1.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to put sth in a particular place, especially when you do it carefully or deliberately :

He placed his hand on her shoulder.

A bomb had been placed under the seat.

The parking areas in the town are few, but strategically placed.

IN SITUATION

2.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] (more formal than put ) to put sb/yourself in a particular situation :

to place sb in command

She was placed in the care of an uncle.

His resignation placed us in a difficult position.

The job places great demands on me.

ATTITUDE

3.

[ vn ] place sth (on sth / doing sth) used to express the attitude sb has towards sb/sth :

Great emphasis is placed on education.

They place a high value on punctuality.

RECOGNIZE

4.

[ vn ] (usually used in negative sentences) to recognize sb/sth and be able to identify them / it :

I've seen her before but I just can't place her.

His accent was impossible to place.

BET / ORDER / ADVERTISEMENT

5.

[ vn ] to give instructions about sth or make a request for sth to happen :

to place a bet / an order

We placed an advertisement for a cleaner in the local paper.

FIND HOME / JOB

6.

[ vn ] place sb (in sth) | place sb (with sb/sth) to find a suitable home, job, etc. for sb :

The children were placed with foster parents.

The agency placed about 2 000 secretaries last year.

GIVE RANK

7.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to decide that sb/sth has a particular position or rank compared with other people or things :

I would place her among the top five tennis players in the world.

Nursing attracts people who place relationships high on their list of priorities.

IN RACE

8.

used to describe a person, a team or a horse, etc. finishing in a particular position in a race : [ vn - adj ]

He was placed fifth in last Saturday's race.

[ vn ] ( BrE )

My horse has been placed several times (= it was among the first three or four to finish the race).

[ v ] ( NAmE )

His horse placed in the last race (= it was among the first three to finish the race, usually in second place) .

IDIOMS

- be well, ideally, uniquely, better, etc. placed for sth / to do sth

—more at pedestal , premium noun , record noun

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SYNONYMS

place

site ♦ position ♦ location ♦ scene ♦ spot ♦ venue

These are all words for a particular area or part of an area, especially one used for a particular purpose or where sb/sth is situated or happens.

place

a particular point, area, city, town, building, etc., especially one used for a particular purpose or where a particular thing happens:

This would be a good place for a picnic.

site

the place where sth, especially a building, is or will be situated; a place where sth happened or that is used for a particular purpose:

They've chosen a site for the new school.

position

the place where a person or thing is situated; the place where sb/sth is meant to be:

From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbour.

NOTE

The position of sb/sth is often temporary: the place where sb/sth is at a particular time.

location

a place where sth happens or exists, especially a place that is not named or not known:

The company is moving to a new location.

scene

a place where sth happens, especially sth unpleasant:

the scene of the accident

spot

a particular point or area, especially one that has a particular character or where sth particular happens:

The lake is one of the local beauty spots .

venue

the place where people meet for an organized event such as a performance or sports event.

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

a/the place / site / position / location / scene of sth

at a/the place / site / position / location / scene / spot / venue

in a place / position / location / venue

the place / site / location / spot / venue where...

the right place / site / position / location / spot / venue

a prime / central place / site / position / location / venue

the / sb's / sth's current / present / exact / precise place / site / position / location / spot / venue

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French , from an alteration of Latin platea open space, from Greek plateia (hodos) broad (way).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.