Meaning of PLACE in English


I. ˈplās noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, open space in a city, space, locality, 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


a. : a way for admission or transit

calling “ place ! place !” to clear the way for their master — G.P.R.James

place is made for it on his class schedule — H.W.Dodds

b. : physical environment : space

all are strangers, rootless in place or time — T.H.White b.1915

c. : physical surroundings : atmosphere

the feeling for place was in him like the feeling for a personality — R.L.Cook


a. : an indefinite region or expanse : area

visit the far places of the earth

small supplies of foreign ore … brought from places like No. Africa — Samuel Van Valkenburg & Ellsworth Huntington

schools continued to spring up all over the place — Bernard Kalb


(1) : a building or locality used for a special purpose

place of amusement

place of worship

a secondhand car place — Robert Westerby

specifically : eating place

found a little Italian place with an eighty-five cent dinner — Mary McCarthy

(2) archaic : an assembly point

posted upon a parade, or place of arms — Daniel Defoe

c. archaic : the three-dimensional compass of a material object

in the world I fill up a place which may be better supplied when I have made it empty — Shakespeare

d. : where

wished he could go some place and run a lunchroom — Time

has no place to turn for allies — M.H.Rubin

the magic rests, more than any place else, in a sense of ambiguity — M.F.Harrington


a. : a particular region or center of population

Britain is an ideal place to tour by bus — Richard Joseph

Denver, Salt Lake City, and hundreds of other places, large and small — Motor Transportation in the West

b. : an individual dwelling or estate : house , homestead

invited them to his place for the evening

our twenty-eight-acre place on the edge of Baltimore — A.W.Turnbull

specifically : farm

a few places were … harrowing summer fallow — H.L.Davis

c. : a fortified military post

to effect the release of … Americans held there, a group of American settlers in Texas attacked the place — E.C.Barker

d. : scene I 3


a. : a particular portion of a surface : specific locality : spot

worn place in a rug

sore place on the back of the hand

steep place in the road

this is the right place — M.R.Werner


(1) : a passage in a piece of writing

in places he might have been a little bolder in dealing with the … text — G.R.Crone

(2) obsolete : a selected passage : text

comparing two places of Scripture — Thomas Fuller

(3) : the point at which a reader left off

dropped the book and lost her place

c. obsolete : locus classicus



(1) : relative position in the social scale : degree of prestige

put the country people in their place , and with a few tactful rebuffs … checked any undue familiarity — Lord Dunsany

color drew a line around several million people who were thereby condemned to permanent inferiority of place — Oscar Handlin

(2) : relative position of merit in any context : degree of importance

the place of health in the life of the individual — Marie Theresa

decisions which have brought our science and our engineering to their present place — H.S.Truman

b. : a step in a sequence

in the first place , the house … is haunted — Charles Lee

from eleventh place … the city rose to seventh — American Guide Series: Maryland


(1) : one of the leading positions at the finish of a horse race — used of 1st or usually 2d in the United States and of 1st, 2d, or 3d in England

(2) : a leading position at the conclusion of any competition entitling the contestant to a prize or special recognition

1st place in the dog show

won a 2d place in the handcrafts division



(1) : a proper or designated niche

the junior college has a place to fill in this emergency — L.L.Medsker

scientific names are the surest way of indicating to biologists of various nations the places of insects … in the natural world — E.S.McCartney

whenever an artist has a reasoned conception of any musical work as a unit … tempos naturally fall into place — Virgil Thomson

(2) : a normal or suitable environment

a frontier plantation … was no place to educate a boy — T.J.Wertenbaker

turns to individual personality as the logical place to study cultural integration — H.J.Muller

b. : a fitting moment or appropriate point in a discussion

this is not the place to discuss compensation — Robert Moses

c. obsolete : a reasonable basis : ground

there is no place of doubting but that it was the very same — Henry Hammond



(1) : an available seat or accommodation

places were booked for him in the boat train — John Buchan

has a 2- place sailplane

Eton's 1100 nonscholarship places are booked solid until 1971 — Newsweek

especially : a seat at a table

a man drinking a glass of orange juice was sitting at the table … and two places farther along a second man was munching a piece of toast — Hamilton Basso

(2) : place setting

seldom … sat down to a meal without laying one or two extra places for friends — David Garnett

b. : an empty or vacated position

coffeehouses supplied in some measure the place of a journal — T.B.Macaulay

lost his bike and had to get another in its place

c. : a position dictated by circumstance

put yourself in my place

in a tight place they still call on the North Wind — Alfred Duggan

8. : the position of a figure in relation to others of a row or series ; especially : the position of a digit within a numeral

12 is a two place number

in 316 the figure 1 is in the tens place


a. : remunerative employment : job

rather starve than take a place as a servant — Ellen Glasgow

was offered a place on the Times to do political reporting — Irish Digest

especially : public office

no judge of a high court … views the function of his place so narrowly — B.N.Cardozo


(1) : a position of responsibility

a policy imposed by a corrupt use of pension and place — J.H.Plumb

(2) : a duty accompanying a position of responsibility

it was not his place to make the final decision

c. : the prestige accorded to one in an influential position : rank , status

would on no terms either collaborate with … or yield place to him — Times Literary Supplement

spent the remainder of her life … in an endless quest for preferment and place — Time


a. : a public square : plaza

b. : a short street or court ; often : dead end

- in place

- in place of

- out of place

- place in the sun

- upon the place

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to distribute in an orderly manner : arrange , dispose , station

the furniture has been placed for a definite reason — Betty Fisk

before the artist put any of the black in his picture … he placed all the principal branches — Ernest Knaufft

five … strategically placed seaports — R.S.Thoman

shows the emperor placing and giving orders to his artillery — Tom Wintringham


a. : to put into or as if into a particular position : cause to rest or lie : set , fix

would place a finger on the list of figures she was tabulating — Jane Woodfin

carbide … is finely ground and placed in electric cyanamide ovens — N.R.Heiden

waste … talent and potential leadership by placing higher education beyond their reach — L.M.Chamberlain

the growing railroad system placed increasing demands on iron and coal mines — R.H.Brown

we have … been rather better placed than some to weigh the particular criticisms — Barbara Ward

place our faith in knowledge — H.I.Poleman

b. : to present for consideration — used with before

the pending debate should be placed before a larger audience — Leo Cherne

c. : to put into a particular condition or state

place the company in a better financial position

place a performer under contract

the airlines placed modern equipment into service — H.G.Armstrong

d. : to direct accurately to a desired area or previously determined spot

disrupted the defenses with his uncanny ability to place the ball — A.J.Daley

the bombs were placed directly upon the assigned target — Tex McCrary & D.E.Scherman

e. : to cause (the voice) to produce singing or speaking tones that are free and well resonated with reference to the adjustment of the vocal organs and resonance cavities

3. : to appoint to a position

was made lieutenant colonel and placed in command of a company — L.S.Mayo


a. : to find a place for: as

(1) : to secure employment for

place the girl as a typist

aims … to place all physically handicapped persons in remunerative positions — American Guide Series: Minnesota

(2) : to find a residence for (a homeless child)

boarding out with foster parents is the method to be given first consideration in placing a child — Social Services in British


(1) : to find a publisher for (as a novel)

the manuscript was … submitted to a literary agent in New York who was unable to place it — Haldeen Braddy

(2) : to find a producer for (as a play)



(1) : to assign to a position in an order of progression : rank

of the factors of strategic intelligence … geography is often placed first — G.B. & Charlotte L. Dyer

fails to sustain that mysterious quality of life which would place it among the real masterpieces of the novel — Carlos Lynes

(2) : estimate

the same area has iron ore reserves placed at 1.3 billion metric tons — Americana Annual


(1) : to assign to a chronological position

the estimated time of burial was placed in the early Tintah stage — Meridel Le Sueur

(2) : to assign to a category

relatively profuse body hair clearly places the Caucasoids closest of all living races to the lower primates — Weston La Barre

(3) : to recognize by identifying characteristics

listening and placing the sounds that break the silence of a winter night — Rose Feld

specifically : to recall in context from a previous association

the man looked familiar but he couldn't place him — Willard Robertson


(1) : to determine or announce the place of (contestants) in a race

judges must occupy the judges' box … and their sole duty shall be to place the horses — Dan Parker

(2) : to succeed in gaining a position for in a contest or competition

placed two men on the … Olympic team — American Guide Series: Connecticut

6. archaic : attribute , ascribe

placed it all to judicious affection — Jane Austen


a. : to use (money) for the purchase or development of property for financial gain : invest

place a million dollars in bonds

place half of the capital of the firm in plane production


(1) : to give (an order for goods or services) to a supplier

place an order for a new generator

place an order to have the house painted

(2) : to give an order for (a service)

place a telephone call

place a bet

placed his insurance with another company

intransitive verb

1. : to earn a top spot in a competition

only the first three men or women to place in each event are honored — Collier's Year Book

placed third in the bridge tournament

specifically : to come in second in a horse race

bet on each horse to win, place , or show

2. : to propel an object accurately to a predetermined spot

you cannot place to a yard by means of shoulder and arm energy alone — Manchester Guardian Weekly

Synonyms: see set

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