place

[ pleys ]
/ pleɪs /

noun

verb (used with object), placed, plac·ing.

verb (used without object), placed, plac·ing.

Sports.
  1. to finish among the first three competitors in a race.
  2. to finish second in a horse race, harness race, etc.
to earn a specified standing with relation to others, as in an examination, competition, etc.: He placed fifth in a graduation class of 90.

Idioms

Origin of place

before 950; (noun) Middle English, conflation of Old English plæce and Middle French place, both < Latin platea, variant of platēa street, courtyard, area < Greek plateîa broad street, noun use of feminine of platýs broad, flat1; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun; see platy-

SYNONYMS FOR place

11 charge, responsibility.
14 section, sector.
30 situate, station. See put.
32 locate, set, deposit, lay, seat.
35 hire.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for take place (1 of 2)

place

/ (pleɪs) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for place

C13: via Old French from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia, from platus broad; compare French plat flat

British Dictionary definitions for take place (2 of 2)

Place

/ (pleɪs) /

noun

Francis. 1771–1854, British radical, who campaigned for the repeal (1824) of the Combination Acts, which forbade the forming of trade unions, and for parliamentary reform
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Idioms and Phrases with take place (1 of 2)

take place


1

Happen, occur, as in Let me know where the ceremony will take place. [Second half of 1700s]

2

take the place of. Substitute for, as in These glasses will have to take the place of wine goblets, or Jane took her sister's place in line. [Second half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with take place (2 of 2)

place


In addition to the idiom beginning with place

  • place in the sun

also see:

  • 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
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