place Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a point located with respect to surface features of some region
spot; topographic point.
- this is a nice place for a picnic
- a bright spot on a planet
noun any area set aside for a particular purpose
- who owns this place?
- the president was concerned about the property across from the White House
noun an abstract mental location
- he has a special place in my thoughts
- a place in my heart
- a political system with no place for the less prominent groups
noun a general vicinity
- He comes from a place near Chicago
noun the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
position; stead; lieu.
- can you go in my stead?
- took his place
- in lieu of
noun a particular situation
- If you were in my place what would you do?
noun where you live at a particular time
- deliver the package to my home
- he doesn't have a home to go to
- your place or mine?
noun a job in an organization
berth; office; billet; spot; situation; position; post.
- he occupied a post in the treasury
noun the particular portion of space occupied by something
- he put the lamp back in its place
noun proper or designated social situation
- he overstepped his place
- the responsibilities of a man in his station
- married above her station
noun a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)
- he booked their seats in advance
- he sat in someone else's place
noun the passage that is being read
- he lost his place on the page
noun proper or appropriate position or location
- a woman's place is no longer in the kitchen
noun a public square with room for pedestrians
- they met at Elm Plaza
- Grosvenor Place
noun an item on a list or in a sequence
- in the second place
- moved from third to fifth position
noun a blank area
blank space; space.
- write your name in the space provided
verb put into a certain place or abstract location
set; pose; lay; put; position.
- Put your things here
- Set the tray down
- Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
- Place emphasis on a certain point
verb place somebody in a particular situation or location
- he was placed on probation
verb assign a rank or rating to
grade; range; rank; rate; order.
- how would you rank these students?
- The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide
verb assign a location to
- The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles
verb to arrange for
- place a phone call
- place a bet
verb take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal
come in; come out.
- Jerry came in third in the Marathon
verb intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
aim; point; target; direct.
- He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
- criticism directed at her superior
- direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
verb recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
- She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster
verb assign to (a job or a home)
localize; localise; set.
- The film is set in Africa
- We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M.
verb identify the location or place of
- We localized the source of the infection
verb make an investment
put; invest; commit.
- Put money into bonds
verb assign to a station
post; station; send.
verb finish second or better in a horse or dog race
- he bet $2 on number six to place
verb sing a note with the correct pitch
EtymologyF., fr. L.
Any portion of space regarded as measured off or distinct from all other space, or appropriated to some definite object or use; position; ground; site; spot; rarely, unbounded space.
Here is the place appointed. Shak.
What place can be for us Within heaven's bound? Milton.
The word place has sometimes a more confused sense, and stands for that space which any body takes up; and so the universe is a place. Locke.
A broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or short part of a street open only at one end."Hangman boys in the market place." Shak.
A position which is occupied and held; a dwelling; a mansion; a village, town, or city; a fortified town or post; a stronghold; a region or country.
Are you native of this place? Shak.
Rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement, dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or position; condition; also, official station; occupation; calling."The enervating magic of place." Hawthorne.
Men in great place are thrice servants. Bacon.
I know my place as I would they should do theirs. Shak.
Vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure or removal of another being or thing being implied)."In place of Lord Bassanio." Shak.
A definite position or passage of a document.
The place of the scripture which he read was this. Acts viii. 32.
Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding; as, he said in the first. place
Reception; effect; -- implying the making room for.
My word hath no place in you. John viii. 37.
(Astron.) Position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body; -- usually defined by its right ascension and declination, or by its latitude and longitude. Syn. -- Situation; seat; abode; position; locality; location; site; spot; office; employment; charge; function; trust; ground; room; stead.
Place transitive verb
To assign a place to; to put in a particular spot or place, or in a certain relative position; to direct to a particular place; to fix; to settle; to locate; as, to placea book on a shelf; to placeballs in tennis.
Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown. Shak.
To put or set in a particular rank, office, or position; to surround with particular circumstances or relations in life; to appoint to certain station or condition of life; as, in whatever sphere one is. placed
Place such over them to be rulers. Ex. xviii. 21.
To put out at interest; to invest; to loan; as, to. placemoney in a bank
To set; to fix; to repose;"My resolution 's placed." Shak. as, to. placeconfidence in a friend
To attribute; to ascribe; to set down.
Place it for her chief virtue. Shak.
Syn. -- See Put.