- the position of a figure in a series, as in decimal notation.
- Usually places. the figures of the series.
verb (used with object), placed, plac·ing.
verb (used without object), placed, plac·ing.
- to finish among the first three competitors in a race.
- to finish second in a horse race, harness race, etc.
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Idioms for place
- to give precedence or priority to: Any local ordinance must give place to federal law.
- to be succeeded or replaced by: Travel by trains has given place to travel by airplanes.
- in the correct or usual position or order: Dinner is ready and everything is in place.
- in the same spot, without advancing or retreating: Stand by your desk and jog in place for a few minutes of exercise.
- in the place or building that one already occupies: Residents were asked to shelter in place during the storm—evacuation was deemed too risky.Ninety percent of older adults would prefer to age in place, in their own homes and communities.
- not in the correct or usual position or order: The library books are all out of place.
- unsuitable to the circumstances or surroundings; inappropriate: He had always felt out of place in an academic environment. A green suit was out of place at the funeral.
Origin of place
OTHER WORDS FROM place
Words nearby place
Example sentences from the Web for place
Not only did they use them, but they could go to women setting up a new place to live.Hints From Heloise: New scam tied to coronavirus pandemic|Heloise Heloise|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
There should be room for both views — and a time and a place to air them.The pregame national anthem — in all its roiling contradictions — still has something to offer|Barry Svrluga|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The amaro is an aromatic snapshot of a place I loved, and it has a powerful pull on my memory.Aromas can evoke beloved journeys — or voyages not yet taken|Jen Rose Smith|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
We wanted to make sure that we had something in place that more young players that thought this was right for them, they could take advantage of it.An NBA experiment lets draft prospects skip college, stay home and get paid to play|Michael Lee|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
I realized they were going places when Renee revealed to me that she and Willie were texting during our post-date interview.
The world that Black Dynamite lives in is not the most PC place to be in.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“This is the only place in the souk you can buy safety pins,” he said.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He hasn't bothered to visit Iguala, the place where the students were abducted and killed.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A place that has multiplied success for generation after generation of its children.
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents.
This is the place where the Muscovite criminals are banished to, if they are not put to death.
He looked strangely out of place in the dusty combat uniform.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The associations of place recall her strange interview with Mr. Longcluse but a few months before.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
As Spain, however, has fallen from the high place she once held, her colonial system has also gone down.
Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
British Dictionary definitions for place (1 of 2)
- an open square lined with houses of a similar type in a city or town
- (capital when part of a street name)Grosvenor Place
- a space or seat, as at a dining table
- (as modifier)place mat
- British the first, second, or third position at the finish
- US and Canadian the first or usually the second position at the finish
- (as modifier)a place bet
- (in the House of Commons) the House of Lords
- (in the House of Lords) the House of Commons
- to travel
- to become successful
- instead of; in lieu ofgo in place of my sister
- in exchange forhe gave her it in place of her ring
- (at Oxford University) Cambridge University
- (at Cambridge University) Oxford University
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for place
British Dictionary definitions for place (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with place
In addition to the idiom beginning with place
- place in the sun
- all over the place
- between a rock and a hard place
- fall in place
- friend in court (high places)
- go places
- have one's heart in the right place
- in place
- in someone's shoes (place)
- instead (in place) of
- in the first place
- jumping-off place
- know one's place
- out of place
- pride of place
- put someone in his or her place
- run in place
- take place
- take someone's place