1a particular position, point, or area in space; a location:I can’t be in two places at oncethe monastery was a peaceful placethat street was no place for a lady figurativehe would always have a special place in her heart
a particular area on a larger surface:he lashed out and cut the policeman’s hand in three places
a building or area used for a specified purpose or activity:the town has many excellent eating placesa place of worship
informal a person’s home:what about dinner at my place?
a point in a book or other text reached by a reader at a particular time:I must have lost my place in the script
2a portion of space designated or available for or being used by someone:they hurried to their places at the tableJackie had saved her a place
a vacancy or available position:he was offered a place at Liverpool University
the regular or proper position of something:she put the book back in its place
a person’s rank or status:occupation structures a person’s place in society
[usually with negative] a right or privilege resulting from someone’s role or position:I’m sure she has a story to tell, but it’s not my place to ask
the role played by or importance attached to someone or something in a particular context:the place of computers in improving office efficiency
3a position in a sequence or series, typically one ordered on the basis of merit:his score left him in ninth place
British any of the first three or sometimes four positions in a race (used especially of the second, third, or fourth positions).
North American the second position, especially in a horse race.
the degree of priority given to something:accurate reportage takes second place to lurid detail
the position of a figure in a series indicated in decimal or similar notation, especially one after the decimal point:calculate the ratios to one decimal place
4 [in place names] a square or short street:the lecture theatre is in New Burlington Place
a country house with its grounds.
1 [with object and adverbial] put in a particular position:a newspaper had been placed beside my plate
cause to be in a particular situation:enemy officers were placed under arrestyou are not placing yourself under any obligation
allocate or assign (an abstract quality) to something:they place a great deal of emphasis on positive thought
(be placed) have a specified degree of advantage or convenience as a result of one’s position or circumstances: [with infinitive]:the company is well placed to seize the opportunity
2find a home or employment for:the children were placed with foster-parents
dispose of (something, especially shares) by selling to a customer:the shares were placed last November
arrange for the recognition and implementation of (an order, bet, etc.):they placed a contract for three boats
order or obtain a connection for (a telephone call) through an operator:she placed a call to her husband to break the news
3 [with object and adverbial] identify or classify as being of a specified type or as holding a specified position in a sequence or hierarchy:a survey placed the company 13th for achievement
[with object, usually with negative] be able to remember or identify (someone or something):she eventually said she couldn’t place him
(be placed) British achieve a specified position in a race:he was placed eleventh in the long individual race
[no object] be among the first three or four in a race (or the first three in the US):he won three times and placed three times (be placed)the horse, Bahuddin, was not placed at Lingfield
4 Rugby & American Football score (a goal) by a place kick.
give place to
be succeeded or replaced by:the farmlands gave place to bare, scree-covered slopesanarchy eventually gave place to patrician capitalism
be increasingly successful:a pop star who’s definitely going places
1working or ready to work; established:contingency plans should be in placethe rules which we shall put in place in the months ahead meet these criteria
2North American on the spot; not travelling any distance.
in place of
instead of:eat raisins in place of junk food desserts
keep someone in his (or her) place
keep someone from becoming presumptuous.
out of place
not in the proper position; disarranged:not a hair was out of place in her painstakingly crimped coiffure
in a setting where one is or feels inappropriate or incongruous:the glamorous woman seemed radically out of place in the launderette
a place in the sun
a position of favour or advantage.
put oneself in another's place
consider a situation from another’s point of view:put yourself in her place—she’s got a lot to cope with
put someone in his (or her) place
deflate or humiliate someone regarded as being presumptuous.
occur:people laid flowers at the spot where the crash took place