n. v. placed, plac•ing
1) a particular portion of space, whether of definite or indefinite extent
2) space in general:
time and place[/ex]
3) the portion of space normally occupied by a person or thing
4) any part of a body or surface; spot:
a decayed place in a tree[/ex]
5) a particular passage in a book or writing
6) a space or seat for a person, as in a theater or train
7) position, situation, or circumstances:
I would complain if I were in your place[/ex]
8) a proper or appropriate location, position, or time:
A restaurant is no place for an argument[/ex]
9) a job, post, or office:
persons in high places[/ex]
10) a function or duty:
It is not your place to offer criticism[/ex]
11) proper sequence or relationship, as of ideas or details
12) high position or rank
13) a region or area:
to travel to distant places[/ex]
14) an open space or square in a city or town
15) a short street or court
16) an area of habitation, as a city, town, or village
17) a building, location, etc., set aside for a specific purpose:
a place of worship[/ex]
18) a part of a building:
The kitchen is the sunniest place in the house[/ex]
19) a residence, dwelling, or house
20) lieu; substitution (usu. fol. by of):
Use yogurt in place of sour cream[/ex]
21) a step or point in order of proceeding:
in the first place[/ex]
22) math. Arith.
a) the position of a figure in a series, as in decimal notation
b) Usu., places. the figures of the series
23) lit. one of the three dramatic unities
24) spo Sports.
a) a position among the leading competitors, usu. the first, second, or third at the finish line
b) the position of the competitor who comes in second in a horse race
Compare show 26) win 15)
25) space for entry or passage:
to make place for the crowds[/ex]
26) to put in the proper position or order; arrange:
Place the dishes on the table[/ex]
27) to put or set in a particular place
28) to put in a suitable place for some purpose:
to place an advertisement in the newspaper[/ex]
29) to put into particular or proper hands
30) to give (an order or the like) to a supplier
31) to appoint (a person) to a post or office
32) to find a place, situation, etc., for (a person)
33) to determine or indicate the place of:
We place health high among our aims[/ex]
34) to assign a certain position or rank to
35) to identify by connecting with the proper place, circumstances, etc:
to place a face[/ex]
36) mad to employ (the voice) to sing or speak with resonant tones
37) spo
a) to finish among the first three competitors in a race
b) to finish second in a horse race
38) to earn a specified standing, as in an examination or competition:
He placed fifth in the class[/ex]
Etymology: 1200–50; ME < OF place < L platea, platēa street, courtyard, area < Gk plateîa broad street place′a•ble, adj.

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