- the position of a figure in a series, as in decimal notation.
- Usually places. the figures of the series.
- to finish among the first three competitors in a race.
- to finish second in a horse race, harness race, etc.
Idioms about 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
How to use place in a sentence
Yet another place that DNA’s and RNA’s chemical differences make things hard on RNA is the part of the molecules that spell out the instructions and ingredients of the recipe.Here’s why COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s need to be kept so cold|Tina Hesman Saey|November 20, 2020|Science News
There’s a sort of hole in the narrative where that possibility lies, a place that Sarah never quite brings herself to confront.The mind-boggling end of Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise, explained|Constance Grady|November 20, 2020|Vox
FoodBoss aims to be something like Kayak for online food ordering — the place where you can search across different service and apps to find the lowest prices and fastest delivery times.Restaurant search engine FoodBoss adds support for direct delivery from restaurants|Anthony Ha|November 20, 2020|TechCrunch
The ESPN talking heads were already setting the committee up for its announcement this past Saturday, with Augusta National Golf Club — a place where the non-rich are told not to bother hoping for membership — as their backdrop.Cincinnati and BYU are making a case for the College Football Playoff. Is anyone listening?|John Feinstein|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The deal will be finalized later this week once the NBA’s trade window opens and the draft takes place on Wednesday.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
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
Before the spinet a bench was placed about four feet below the keys, and I was put upon the bench.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Specimens were easily collected in a mist net placed across the opening.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
God has placed the genius of women in their hearts; because the works of this genius are always works of love.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
The governor placed a dagger to his breast in order to get him to tell what he knew of his wife.
In any case, fresh pieces of drying paper must now be used, and on to these the fronds are placed.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
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
Word Origin for place
British Dictionary definitions for place (2 of 2)
Other 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