- 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
Synonyms for place
Examples from the Web for well-placed
Contemporary Examples of well-placed
The FSB, the successor to the KGB, allegedly even had a case file on him, according to one well-placed security source.The Caucasus Connection
April 22, 2013
According to “well-placed sources,” Couric did not appreciate her go-getter attitude.NBC’s ‘Operation Bambi’: How ‘Today’ Booted Ann Curry Off
April 18, 2013
The use of sign language and well-placed moments of silence add to the richness of the material.‘Borgen,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mad Men’ & More: Ten Best TV Shows of 2012
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
December 18, 2012
According to well-placed individuals, a shared passion for photography lit the spark.Bill Allen: Tipper Gore’s Secretive New Beau
July 6, 2012
They're doing what they're doing out of fear, and alas it's a well-placed fear.West Virginia. Sigh.
June 19, 2012
Historical Examples of well-placed
In due time the Colonel reaped the reward of well-placed affections.Elsie Venner
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Then, on the brink, a well-placed bullet—no bungling for Anthony Cazeby!Zut and Other Parisians
Guy Wetmore Carryl
A well-printed, well-placed title is often the most satisfactory decoration.Primary Handwork
Ella Victoria Dobbs
One well-placed reactant bomb, and they'll never know a thing!Danger in Deep Space
One well-placed bomb would do it, if the authorities only knew where to place that bomb.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
adjective (well placed when postpositive)
- 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
- Britishthe first, second, or third position at the finish
- US and Canadianthe 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
c.1200, "space, dimensional extent, room, area," from Old French place "place, spot" (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin placea "place, spot," from Latin platea "courtyard, open space; broad way, avenue," from Greek plateia (hodos) "broad (way)," fem. of platys "broad" (see plaice).
Replaced Old English stow and stede. From mid-13c. as "particular part of space, extent, definite location, spot, site;" from early 14c. as "position or place occupied by custom, etc.; position on some social scale;" from late 14c. as "inhabited place, town, country," also "place on the surface of something, portion of something, part," also, "office, post." Meaning "group of houses in a town" is from 1580s.
Also from the same Latin source are Italian piazza, Catalan plassa, Spanish plaza, Middle Dutch plaetse, Dutch plaats, German Platz, Danish plads, Norwegian plass. Wide application in English covers meanings that in French require three words: place, lieu, and endroit. Cognate Italian piazza and Spanish plaza retain more of the etymological sense.
To take place "happen" is from mid-15c. To know (one's) place is from c.1600; hence figurative expression put (someone) in his or her place (1855). Place of worship attested from 1689, originally in official papers and in reference to assemblies of dissenters from the Church of England. All over the place "in disorder" is attested from 1923.
mid-15c., "to determine the position of;" also "to put (something somewhere)," from place (n.). In the horse racing sense of "to achieve a certain position" (usually in the top three finishers; in U.S., specifically second place) it is first attested 1924, from earlier meaning "to state the position of" (among the first three finishers), 1826. Related: Placed; placing. To take place "to happen, be accomplished" (mid-15c., earlier have place, late 14c.), translates French avoir lieu.
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