Meaning of PLACE in English


I. ˈplās noun

Etymology: 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

Date: 13th century


a. : physical environment : space

b. : a way for admission or transit

c. : physical surroundings : atmosphere


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


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: 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


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 compensation — Robert Moses

c. : a distinct condition, position, or state of mind

the postfeminist generation is in a different place — Betty Friedan


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


a. : remunerative employment : job

b. : prestige accorded to one of high rank : status

an endless quest for preferment and place — Time

10. : a public square : plaza

11. : a small street or court

12. : second place at the finish (as of a horse race)

- in place

- in place of

- out of place

II. verb

( placed ; plac·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


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


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 (as a home or employment) for


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)

• place·able ˈplā-sə-bəl adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.