- 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
Example sentences from the Web for place
Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.
Elsewhere, courts throughout the country have placed limits on speech this year.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Egg-laying hens are placed in cages to unnaturally churn out egg after egg.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Somebody had hung an American flag and people of the neighborhood had placed bouquets and candles.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have been told that, if I continue with this protest, I will be placed in solitary confinement.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The servant followed with the two cases and the bag, and laid them upon the table, then placed himself at the door.Frederick The Great and His Family|L. Muhlbach
This boat, which floats upon the surface of the water until the larv are disclosed, is placed there by the female gnat.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
The table was placed under a stairway, just room for the four of us.The Greater Love|George T. McCarthy
It placed a little capital at his disposal, and capital is the one thing needed to make a fair start in anything in this country.Rogues and Vagabonds|George R. Sims
Not one of the witnesses, placed under such solemn responsibilities, ‘shrinks from repeating the monstrous story.’The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism|A. Leah Underhill
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