- 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 unplaced
The Abbot is a sensation in literary matters at Columbia, but unplaced.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
He paused, then added quietly: “Such an unplaced personality had best touch other lives as lightly as it can.”The Key to Yesterday|Charles Neville Buck
The other fifteen were to be unplaced noblemen and gentlemen of ample fortune and high character.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
A door was opened in one of the unplaced cages and the little bears pushed out into a new world.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
Conterminous with the Caribs, Salivi, and other unplaced tribes.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man|Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for unplaced (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for unplaced (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 unplaced (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with unplaced
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