from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An area with definite or indefinite boundaries; a portion of space.
  • n. Room or space, especially adequate space: There is place for everyone at the back of the room.
  • n. The particular portion of space occupied by or allocated to a person or thing.
  • n. A building or an area set aside for a specified purpose: a place of worship.
  • n. A dwelling; a house: bought a place on the lake.
  • n. A business establishment or office.
  • n. A locality, such as a town or city: visited many places.
  • n. A public square or street with houses in a town.
  • n. A space in which one person, such as a passenger or spectator, can sit or stand.
  • n. A setting for one person at a table.
  • n. A position regarded as belonging to someone or something else; stead: She was chosen in his place.
  • n. A particular point that one has reached, as in a book: I have lost my place.
  • n. A particular spot, as on the body: the place that hurts.
  • n. The proper or designated role or function: the place of the media in a free society.
  • n. The proper or customary position or order: These books are out of place.
  • n. A suitable setting or occasion: not the place to argue.
  • n. The appropriate right or duty: not her place to criticize.
  • n. Social station: He overstepped his place.
  • n. A particular situation or circumstance: Put yourself in my place.
  • n. High rank or status.
  • n. A job, post, or position: found a place in the company.
  • n. Relative position in a series; standing.
  • n. Games Second position for betting purposes, as in a horserace.
  • n. The specified stage in a list of points to be made, as in an argument: in the first place.
  • n. Mathematics A position in a numeral or series.
  • transitive v. To put in or as if in a particular place or position; set.
  • transitive v. To put in a specified relation or order: Place the words in alphabetical order.
  • transitive v. To offer for consideration: placed the matter before the board.
  • transitive v. To find accommodation or employment for.
  • transitive v. To put into a particular condition: placed him under arrest.
  • transitive v. To arrange for the publication or display of: place an advertisement in the newspaper.
  • transitive v. To appoint to a post: placed her in a key position.
  • transitive v. To rank in an order or sequence: I'd place him second best.
  • transitive v. To estimate: placed the distance at 100 feet.
  • transitive v. To identify or classify in a particular context: could not place that person's face.
  • transitive v. To give an order for: place a bet.
  • transitive v. To apply or arrange for: place an order.
  • transitive v. To adjust (one's voice) for the best possible effects.
  • intransitive v. To be among those who finish a competition or race, especially to finish second.
  • place out To qualify for a waiver of a requirement or prerequisite: placed out of a freshman composition class.
  • idiom all over the place In or to many locations; everywhere: Film is sold all over the place.
  • idiom in place In the appropriate or usual position or order: With everything in place, she started the slide show.
  • idiom in place In the same spot; without moving forwards or backwards: While marching in place, the band played a popular tune.
  • idiom in place of Instead of.
  • idiom keep To recognize one's social position and act according to traditional decorum.
  • idiom place in the sun A dominant or favorable position or situation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A location or position.
  • n. An open space, courtyard, market square.
  • n. A group of houses.
  • n. A region of a land.
  • n. Somewhere for a person to sit.
  • n. A frame of mind.
  • n. A house or home.
  • n. A role or purpose; a station.
  • n. Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.
  • n. The position of a contestant in a competition.
  • n. The position as a member of a sports team.
  • v. To put (an object or person) in a specific location.
  • v. To earn a given spot in a competition.
  • v. To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.
  • v. To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.
  • v. To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.
  • v. To arrange for or to make (a bet).
  • v. To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any portion of space regarded as measured off or distinct from all other space, or appropriated to some definite object or use; position; ground; site; spot; rarely, unbounded space.
  • n. A broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or short part of a street open only at one end.
  • n. A position which is occupied and held; a dwelling; a mansion; a village, town, or city; a fortified town or post; a stronghold; a region or country.
  • n. Rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement, dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or position; condition; also, official station; occupation; calling.
  • n. Vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure or removal of another being or thing being implied).
  • n. A definite position or passage of a document.
  • n. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding.
  • n. Reception; effect; -- implying the making room for.
  • n. Position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body; -- usually defined by its right ascension and declination, or by its latitude and longitude.
  • n. The position of first, second, or third at the finish, esp. the second position. In betting, to win a bet on a horse for place it must, in the United States, finish first or second, in England, usually, first, second, or third.
  • transitive v. To assign a place to; to put in a particular spot or place, or in a certain relative position; to direct to a particular place; to fix; to settle; to locate
  • transitive v. To put or set in a particular rank, office, or position; to surround with particular circumstances or relations in life; to appoint to certain station or condition of life.
  • transitive v. To put out at interest; to invest; to loan.
  • transitive v. To set; to fix; to repose.
  • transitive v. To attribute; to ascribe; to set down.
  • transitive v. To determine or announce the place of at the finish. Usually, in horse racing only the first three horses are placed officially.
  • transitive v. To place-kick ( a goal).
  • transitive v. to recognize or identify (a person).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put or set in a particular place or position.
  • To put or set in position or order; arrange; dispose.
  • To put in office or a position of authority; appoint; ordain to a charge.
  • To find a place, home, situation, etc., for; arrange for the residence, instruction, or employment of.
  • To put out at interest; invest: as, to place money in the funds.
  • To arrange or make provision for: as, to place a loan.
  • To set; base; put; repose: as, to place confidence in a friend.
  • Synonyms Set, Lay, etc. (see put), station, establish, deposit.
  • n. A broad way or open space in a city or town; an area or public courtyard devoted to some particular use or having some specific character; a public square or quadrangle.
  • n. An area or portion of land marked off or regarded as marked off or separated from the rest, as by occupancy, use, or character; region; locality; site; spot.
  • n. A particular town or village: as, Hampton is a historic place; a thriving place.
  • n. A mansion with its adjoining grounds; a residence or dwelling; a manor-house.
  • n. A building or a part of a building set apart for any purpose; quarters of any kind: as, a place of worship; a place in the country; a place of business.
  • n. A fortified post; a stronghold.
  • n. Room to abide in; abode; lodgment; location.
  • n. Room to stand or sit in; a particular location, as a seat, or a space for sitting or standing, as in a coach, car, or public hall.
  • n. A particular locality; a particular spot or portion of a surface or in a body: as, a sore place; a soft place.
  • n. The proper or appropriate location or position: as, a place for everything, and everything in its place.
  • n. In the abstract, the determinate portion of space occupied by any body.
  • n. A portion or passage of a book or writing.
  • n. [In this sense a translation of L. locus, Gr. τόπος (see topic).] In logic and rhetoric, a topic; a class of matters of discourse; an order of considerations comprising all those which have analogous relations to their subjects.
  • n. In. falconry, the greatest elevation which a bird of prey attains in its flight.
  • n. Room; stead: with the sense of substitution: preceded by in.
  • n. A situation; an appointment; an employment; hence, office: as, a politician striving for place; a coachman wanting a place.
  • n. Official or social status or dignity; vocation, station, or condition in life, etc.: as, to make one know his place.
  • n. Precedence; priority in rank, dignity, or importance.
  • n. Point or degree in order of proceeding: as, in the first place; in the second place; in the last place.
  • n. In geometry See locus, 3.
  • n. Position; specifically, in astronomy, the bearing of a heavenly body at any instant: as, the moon's place (that is, its right ascension and declination, or direction otherwise specified).
  • n. Ground or occasion; room.
  • n. Position, in general.
  • n. Into occasion, opportunity, or use.
  • n. In geology, in its original position; not moved, especially by currents of water or by other erosive agencies, from its natural bed, or the place which it occupied when the deposit of which it constitutes a part was formed.
  • n. In presence; present.
  • n. To have actual existence.
  • n. To take precedence or priority. See def. 18.
  • n. To take effect; avail.
  • n. In mining, a drift driven at right angles to a wide lode to form the starting-place for a slide.
  • n. In sporting contests, the relative rank or success secured; specifically, that of the winner, the second, or the third.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a general vicinity
  • n. the passage that is being read
  • n. an abstract mental location
  • n. the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
  • n. an item on a list or in a sequence
  • v. assign to (a job or a home)
  • n. any area set aside for a particular purpose
  • v. assign to a station
  • v. recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
  • v. identify the location or place of
  • n. a job in an organization
  • v. sing a note with the correct pitch
  • v. put into a certain place or abstract location
  • n. a public square with room for pedestrians
  • n. proper or designated social situation
  • v. locate
  • n. a particular situation
  • v. make an investment
  • n. proper or appropriate position or location
  • n. the particular portion of space occupied by something
  • v. assign a rank or rating to
  • v. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
  • v. assign a location to
  • n. where you live at a particular time
  • n. a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  • v. place somebody in a particular situation or location
  • n. a blank area
  • v. finish second or better in a horse or dog race
  • v. to arrange for
  • n. a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)
  • v. take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal
  • v. estimate


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English plæce and Old French place, open space (from Medieval Latin placea, from Vulgar Latin *plattea), both from Latin platēa, broad street, from Greek plateia (hodos), broad (street), feminine of platus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English place, from Old English plæse, plætse, plæċe ("place, an open space, street"), from Latin platea ("plaza, wide street"), from Ancient Greek πλατεῖα (plateia), shortening of πλατεῖα ὁδός (plateia hodos, "broad way"). Reinforced in Middle English by Old French place ("open space"). Displaced native Middle English lough, loogh, loȝ ("place, stead") (from Old English lōh ("place, stead")), Middle English stede ("place, location") (from Old English stede ("place, stead")), Middle English stowe ("place") (from Old English stōw ("place, locality, site")).


  • Moving on… happy place, happy place… sittin here eating frozen snickers bars and drinking mountain dew and talking on the phone to my friend Anthony.

    aleighk21 Diary Entry

  • But Barzillai felt, and felt rightly, that in his circumstances, the place in which he had been brought up -- "_his own place_" -- was the best place for him.

    Men of the Bible; Some Lesser-Known Characters

  • From time to time even now readjustments are made in the details of all three indexes, the fossil, the modern, and the embryonic, the method of rearrangement being charmingly simple: _just taking a card out of one place and putting it into another place_ where we may think it more properly belongs.

    Q. E. D., or New Light on the Doctrine of Creation

  • "The lowest place, _the lowest place_, I can abide no other."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • And as it gets hold of you it crowds your mind and heart and life till every other is either crowded out, or crowded to a lower place; _out_, if it jars; _lower place_, if it agrees, for every agreeing bit yields to the lead of this tremendous message.

    Quiet Talks on John's Gospel

  • The principal place of resort of this class is Marina Rotche, lying about two versts from Moscow, and thither I drove, attended by a _valet de place_.

    George Borrow The Man and His Books

  • Arras was a famous Jacobin centre, and from the balcony of this theatre, Lebon, one of the Jacobins, directed the executions, which took place abundantly on the pretty _place_.

    A Day's Tour A Journey through France and Belgium by Calais, Tournay, Orchies, Douai, Arras, Béthune, Lille, Comines, Ypres, Hazebrouck, Berg

  • The name of the place, -- or rather neighborhood, for I don't know where the _place_ actually is -- there are three places, and they are all four or five miles off -- Mill Village, and Pemunk, and Sandon; the name of the neighborhood, -- Brickfield Farms, comes from there having been brickmaking done here at one time; but it was given up.

    The Other Girls

  • The trite maxim, * A place for everything, and everything in its place*, so commends itself to the sense of fitness, as hardly to need exposition or enforcement; yet while no maxim is more generally admitted, scarce any is so frequently violated in practice.

    A Manual of Moral Philosophy

  • Arriving at too late an hour for a place among our guests at the _table d 'hôte_, perhaps he will not object to sit at our humble side-table, and converse familiarly with the reader; since, as honest SANCHO remarked of the Duke,' Wherever _he_ sits, there will be the _first place_. '

    Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844 Volume 23, Number 3


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