- 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.
- to give precedence or priority to: The old gives place to the new.
- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for places
But there are a lot of women who go to these places and once they go to the inside, they find a lover.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In 2014, 170,000 people came to Italy from places like Eritrea and Syria.
This suggests that places combining—but also maintaining—place and possibility have a lot to offer people.
Local life in these places is not defined by their sports team or by their natural beauty—by things only available locally.
Many Americans move to places that de-emphasize the particularities of their local community.
He was educated at Aberystwyth and at Llangeitho, and then himself kept school in both these places.
Seven States which passed ordinances of secession have been fully restored to their places in the Union.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant|James D. Richardson
In cases such as have been described here readers might wonder why names, dates and places are not revealed.
He travelled extensively in South America; and, among other places, visited the lower valley of the Orinoco.Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States|Raphael Semmes
They will go, and be swallowed up, and more will go to fill their places.The Crisis, Complete|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for places (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 places (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with places
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