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verb (used with object), em·placed, em·plac·ing.
  1. to put in place or position: A statue was emplaced in the square.
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Origin of emplace

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from emplacement
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Related Words

locate, set, place, install, put, situate, arrange

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Historical Examples

  • The male employs weaving, twisting, and pecking motions of the head to emplace material.

    Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon

    Jon C. Barlow

  • They're going to emplace that gun somewhere up on the hill-side, and pepper our people on their way back.'

  • It is impossible to mark out the enceinte of the ancient town, or indeed to emplace it with any exactitude.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

British Dictionary definitions for emplace


  1. (tr) to put in place or position
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Word Origin and History for emplace


1865, back-formation from emplacement.

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