- 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 placing
It was an attempt to combat a growing chill on free speech in Turkey while placing his newspaper at the center of the debate.
After placing Kirk in a cell by herself, she says one LAPD officer “asked to give him a five star Yelp review.”
This can lead to the very heart attack that placing the stent was trying to prevent.
And so there has been a boom in placing solar fields on top of landfills.
On the other hand, Pertman says, adoption is not just about placing children.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids|Tina Traster|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He seemed quite pleased to get rid of her so easily, and placing all her confidence in Mary, she withdrew.The Miraculous Medal|Jean Marie Aladel
When one team succeeds in placing the ball between its opponents' goal-posts one point is scored.Picturesque Pala|George Wharton James
Not satisfied to torment her in the body, he must imperil her soul by placing desperate temptation in her way.A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)|Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Mr. Hastings, who had been placing Maria in a fly, heard the words.The Shadow of Ashlydyat|Mrs. Henry Wood
The crust may be lifted to a plate for a moment, the apples turned into a pudding dish, then placing the crust over the top.Public School Domestic Science|Mrs. J. Hoodless
British Dictionary definitions for placing (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for placing (2 of 3)
- 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 placing (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with placing
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