Meaning of PLACE in English


1. a place

2. the exact place where something is or happens

3. ways of talking about where someone or something is, where they are from etc

4. in a place

5. in or to a place, when you do not know which place

6. in another place, not here

7. a place where someone usually is or often goes

8. when an object is in a particular place

9. when a country, town, company etc is in a particular place

10. when something is usually kept in a place

11. not in any place


put something somewhere : ↑ PUT

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1. a place

▷ place /pleɪs/ [countable noun]

▪ Plant the daisies in a sunny place.

▪ Keep your passport in a safe place.

▪ a quiet, private place to read in

▪ Britain is one of the most highly populated places in the world.

a place to sit/eat/sleep etc

▪ Sign your name on the list, and find yourself a place to sit.

▪ I was looking for a place to park the car.

place for

▪ This would be a great place for a party!

right/wrong place

▪ Are you sure this is the right place? I don’t see Emma.

▷ location /ləʊˈkeɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

a place in which someone lives, something happens, or something is built - used especially in business, advertising, or in official contexts :

▪ a new hotel in an attractive location

▪ The time, date, and location of the conference have not yet been announced.

▪ Authorities say they have pinpointed the location of the sunken ship.

▷ spot /spɒtǁspɑːt/ [countable noun]

a place, especially a pleasant place, where you spend time or live :

▪ We camped in a pleasant, shady spot beside the river.

▪ There are bike trails to the highest spot on the island, which has magnificent views of San Francisco.

▪ Put some of the hardier plants outdoors in a protected spot.

spot for

▪ It looked like a perfect spot for a picnic.

holiday spot British /vacation spot American

▪ Las Vegas has a growing reputation as an entertainment and vacation spot.

▷ site /saɪt/ [countable noun]

a place where something such as a building exists now, is going to exist in the future, or where something existed in the past :

▪ an important archaeological site

▪ The town has purchased a site on Villa Avenue for the new library.

site of

▪ A home for the elderly will be built on the site of the old hospital.

building site British /construction site American

place where a new building is being built

▪ Green fences were put up around the construction site.

▷ venue /ˈvenjuː/ [countable noun]

a place for an arranged event or meeting, for example a sports or musical event :

▪ The concert’s still on Saturday but the venue has been changed.

venue for

▪ The restaurant is one of the few venues for jazz music in the area.

▪ Ministers have not yet agreed on a venue for the next Conference on European Security.

▷ whereabouts /ˈwe ə rəbaʊts/ []

the place or area where someone or something is, especially when this is unknown or is being kept secret :

somebody’s whereabouts

▪ The police received an anonymous tip about the suspect’s whereabouts.

▪ Despite numerous searches and enquiries, her whereabouts are still unknown.

whereabouts of

▪ The police have appealed for information concerning the whereabouts of the stolen car used in the robbery.

▪ They tried to torture him into revealing the whereabouts of the $90 million, but he didn’t know anything.

2. the exact place where something is or happens

▷ position /pəˈzɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

the exact place where something or someone is, especially in relation to other things or people :

▪ Jessica moved to a position where she could see the stage better.

▪ Bombs were dropped on the enemy position.

▪ You can tell roughly what time it is by the sun’s position.

▷ point /pɔɪnt/ [countable noun]

a particular place on a line or on a surface, especially a place that is used for measuring distances, heights etc :

▪ The river at this point is half a mile wide.

▪ Soon they came to a point where the road divided.

▪ Ward Hill, at over 700 feet, is the island’s highest point.

▷ spot /spɒtǁspɑːt/ [countable noun]

the exact place where something is or happens :

▪ People had left flowers at the spot where the police officer was killed.

the exact/very/same etc spot

▪ The museum sits on the exact spot where gold was first discovered.

▪ She agreed to meet him at the same spot the next evening.

▷ exact/precise location /ɪgˌzækt, prɪˌsaɪs ləʊˈkeɪʃ ə n/ [singular noun] written

the exact place where something is or happens :

▪ The exact location of the ship, which sank in 1857, is being kept secret.

▪ A military spokesman would not reveal the exact location of the search area.

▪ Molecular biologists have found the precise location of the gene.

3. ways of talking about where someone or something is, where they are from etc

▷ where /weəʳ/ []

▪ Where are you?

▪ This is where we keep all our junk.

▪ I can’t remember where I last saw it.

▪ Could you tell me where the nearest tourist information office is?

▪ Where are you going?

▪ Where did you buy those shoes?

where ... to

▪ Neighbours have no idea where the couple have moved to.

where to?

spoken used to ask someone where they are going

▪ ‘Would you like to come with us tonight?’ ‘Where to?’

where ... from

▪ Where did you get that magazine from?

where somebody comes from

▪ In all that time Naomi never told me where she came from.

▷ whereabouts /ˈwe ə rəbaʊts/ [adverb/conjunction] especially spoken

use this when you are asking in what general area something is :

▪ Did he say whereabouts he hid it?

▪ ‘I’m from Thailand.’ ‘Whereabouts?’

▪ Whereabouts in Scotland is Perthshire?

▷ where on earth/where in the world /ˌweər ɒn ˈɜːʳθ, ˌweər ɪn ðə ˈwɜːʳld/

where - use this especially to show surprise or disapproval :

▪ Where on earth are you going dressed like that?

▪ We’ve been looking for you for hours. Where in the world have you been?

▪ When he woke up, he could not remember where on earth he was.

4. in a place

▷ in /ɪn/ [preposition]

in Africa/the city/the mountains/Oxford Street etc

in a country, town, area etc :

▪ ‘Where’s Annie?’ ‘She’s in the yard.’

▪ I’m going to a conference in Tokyo.

▪ The plane crashed in the Andes.

▪ John spent several years teaching in Zimbabwe.

▪ She lives in Fern Street.

▪ In the park there were two football matches going on.

▪ European manufacturers are facing ever increasing competition from companies in the Far East.

▷ at /ət, strong æt/ [preposition]

at the bank/the doctor’s/the theatre/the airport/school etc

in a place where you go for a particular purpose :

▪ I’ll meet you at the station at 6.30.

▪ Joe’s at the dentist.

▪ ‘Where were you last night?’ ‘We were at a play.’

▪ I get the shopping done when the kids are at school.

▷ on /ɒnǁɑːn, ɔːn/ [preposition]

on the island/the coast/the outskirts/Oxford Street etc

on a particular piece of land :

▪ It’s a beautiful little fishing village on the south coast.

▪ We could go to that Chinese restaurant on 23rd street.

▪ Most superstores are built on the edge of town.

5. in or to a place, when you do not know which place

▷ somewhere /ˈsʌmweəʳ/ [adverb]

▪ She lives somewhere near Manchester.

▪ I know I saw it somewhere, but I can’t remember exactly where.

▪ From somewhere along the corridor there came the sound of laughter.

somewhere to live/sleep/sit etc

▪ She needs to find somewhere to live before starting her new job.

▷ someplace /ˈsʌmpleɪs/ [adverb] American informal

somewhere :

▪ I want to go someplace warm on vacation.

▪ She lives someplace up near Portland, and I haven’t seen her for years.

someplace to live/eat/sleep etc

▪ A lot of people who use the guide are looking for someplace to eat.

▷ be around /biː əˈraʊnd/ [verb phrase]

to be near the place where you are or where something you are talking about is - use this when you do not know exactly where someone or something is :

▪ Is Bob around?

▪ It’s got to be around here somewhere.

▪ There are some good restaurants around there.

6. in another place, not here

▷ somewhere else also someplace else American /ˌsʌmweər ˈels, ˌsʌmpleɪs ˈels/ [adverb]

in or to another place :

▪ Go and play somewhere else, I’m trying to work.

▪ When the landfill is full, the city will have to find someplace else to dump the garbage.

▪ If labor is cheaper somewhere else, that’s where companies will go to build new factories.

▷ elsewhere /elsˈweəʳ, ˈelsweəʳǁˈelsweər/ [adverb]

in or to another place or other places :

▪ He’ll work as a freelance consultant, unless he finds a better job elsewhere.

▪ Make your home difficult to get into, and burglars will go elsewhere.

▪ In North America and Europe, cats are companions for many people. Elsewhere, they are not regarded as pets.

elsewhere in

▪ Elsewhere in the region, conditions are significantly better.

7. a place where someone usually is or often goes

▷ haunt /hɔːnt/ [countable noun]

a place such as a bar or park that someone likes to go to often, especially in order to meet people :

▪ Cafes like ‘Les Deux Magots’ were once the favourite haunts of French artists and intellectuals.

old haunts

where someone used to go at another time in their life

▪ Johnson will be revisting all his old haunts in Washington.

▷ hangout /ˈhæŋaʊt/ [countable noun] informal

a place where a particular group of people, especially young people, often go to meet, talk etc :

▪ In New York, try one of the celebrity hangouts, such as the Russian Tea Room or Elaine’s.

▪ a teenage hangout on Fountain Street

hangout for

▪ The bar is a favorite hangout for soldiers from the nearby base.

▷ somebody’s place / somebodyˈs ˈpleɪs/ [noun phrase]

the place where someone usually sits or stands, especially in a bar, at work, or in their home :

▪ Gerard was in his usual place by the fire when I reached the pub.

take your place

sit or stand in a place where you usually sit or stand

▪ The children took their places, and the teacher began calling the roll.

8. when an object is in a particular place

▷ be /bi, strong biː/ [verb not in progressive]

▪ Do you know where my keys are?

be in/on/near/there etc

▪ The television is in the living room.

▪ Your supper’s in the oven.

▪ There’s a letter for you on the table.

▷ stand /stænd/ [intransitive verb]

to be in a particular place in an upright position :

▪ The linoleum was dented where a washer and dryer once stood.

stand in/on/near/there etc

▪ A single tall candle stood in the middle of the table.

▪ A Christmas tree stood near the fireplace.

▷ lie /laɪ/ [intransitive verb]

to be in a flat position on a surface - use this about paper, clothes, books, or other things that can be placed flat :

lie in/on/near/there etc

▪ Several letters were lying on the table.

▪ The children’s clothes were lying all over the bedroom floor.

▪ Her packed suitcase was lying near the door.

9. when a country, town, company etc is in a particular place

▷ be /bi, strong biː/ [verb not in progressive]

be in/on/near/there etc

▪ Egypt is in North Africa.

▪ The bank is on the next corner.

▪ Can you tell me where the station is?

▷ be located/situated /biː ləʊˈkeɪtə̇dǁ-ˈləʊkeɪtə̇d, ˈsɪtʃueɪtə̇d/ [verb phrase]

if a building is located/situated in a particular street, town, or area, it is in that place. Be located/situated is more formal than be. :

be located/situated in/at/near/there etc

▪ The bookshop is located at 120 Charing Cross Road.

▪ A U.S. Air Force Base is located nearby.

▪ The Duke’s home is situated in an attractive part of central London.

conveniently/pleasantly/ideally situated

▪ a new hotel, conveniently situated close to the airport

conveniently/pleasantly/ideally located

▪ The two fisheries are ideally located between major markets in New York and Boston.

▷ stand /stænd/ [intransitive verb]

if a building or structure stands somewhere, it is in that place :

▪ There is a parking lot now where the old school once stood.

stand in/near/on there etc

▪ The house stood next to a church.

▷ be based /biː ˈbeɪst/ [verb phrase]

if a company or organization is based in a place, its main offices are there :

be based in/at

▪ The United Nations is based in New York.

▪ More than 200 aircraft will be based at Miramar Air Force Base.

London-based/Tokyo-based etc

▪ a London-based insurance company

10. when something is usually kept in a place

▷ go/belong /gəʊ, bɪˈlɒŋǁ-ˈlɔːŋ/ [intransitive verb not in progressive] especially spoken

if something goes or belongs in a place, it should always be put there when it is not being used :

▪ Put everything back where it belongs when you’re through.

go/belong in/on/under etc

▪ ‘Where do these plates go?’ ‘They go in the cupboard above the sink.’

▪ The books belong in the shelves, not on the floor.

▷ its/their place /ɪts, ðeəʳ ˈpleɪs/ [noun phrase]

the place where something is normally kept or put :

▪ The kids never put anything back in its place.

its/their usual place

▪ I can’t find the coffee tin -- it isn’t in its usual place.

11. not in any place

▷ nowhere/not anywhere /ˈnəʊweəʳ, nɒt ˈeniweəʳ/ [adverb]

not in any place or to any place :

▪ Where’s Nick? I can’t find him anywhere.

▪ Yeah, I’ll wait. I’m not going anywhere.

▪ a path that seemed to lead nowhere

nowhere else/not anywhere else

no other place

▪ In the Sonoran Desert there are plants that grow nowhere else in the country.

nowhere to live/sit/stay

▪ The hall was already full, and there was nowhere to sit.

▷ no place /ˈnəʊ pleɪs/ [adverb] American informal

nowhere :

▪ She had no place else to live, so I let her stay in my apartment.

▪ I was lonely and broke with no place to go.

▪ We had no place else to rehearse.

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