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

[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; see plat- in Indo-European roots.]

place′a·ble adj.
plac′er n.
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1. a particular point or part of space or of a surface, esp that occupied by a person or thing
2. (Human Geography) a geographical point, such as a town, city, etc
3. a position or rank in a sequence or order
4. (Human Geography)
a. an open square lined with houses of a similar type in a city or town
b. (capital when part of a street name): Grosvenor Place.
5. space or room
6. a house or living quarters
7. a country house with grounds
8. any building or area set aside for a specific purpose
9. a passage in a book, play, film, etc: to lose one's place.
10. proper or appropriate position or time: he still thinks a woman's place is in the home.
11. right or original position: put it back in its place.
12. suitable, appropriate, or customary surroundings (esp in the phrases out of place, in place)
13. right, prerogative, or duty: it is your place to give a speech.
14. appointment, position, or job: a place at college.
15. position, condition, or state: if I were in your place.
a. a space or seat, as at a dining table
b. (as modifier): place mat.
17. (Mathematics) maths the relative position of a digit in a number. See also decimal place
18. (General Sporting Terms) any of the best times in a race
19. (Horse Racing) horse racing
a. Brit the first, second, or third position at the finish
b. US and Canadian the first or usually the second position at the finish
c. (as modifier): a place bet.
20. (Theatre) theatre one of the three unities. See unity8
21. archaic an important position, rank, or role
22. all over the place in disorder or disarray
23. (Parliamentary Procedure) another place parliamentary procedure
a. (in the House of Commons) the House of Lords
b. (in the House of Lords) the House of Commons
24. give place to someone to make room for or be superseded by someone
25. go places informal
a. to travel
b. to become successful
26. in place of
a. instead of; in lieu of: go in place of my sister.
b. in exchange for: he gave her it in place of her ring.
27. know one's place to be aware of one's inferior position
28. pride of place the highest or foremost position
29. put someone in his or her place to humble someone who is arrogant, conceited, forward, etc
30. take one's place to take up one's usual or specified position
31. take the place of to be a substitute for
32. take place to happen or occur
33. (Education) the other place facetious
a. (at Oxford University) Cambridge University
b. (at Cambridge University) Oxford University
vb (mainly tr)
34. to put or set in a particular or appropriate place
35. to find or indicate the place of
36. to identify or classify by linking with an appropriate context: to place a face.
37. to regard or view as being: to place prosperity above sincerity.
38. to make (an order, a bet, etc)
39. to find a home or job for (someone)
40. to appoint to an office or position
41. (often foll by with) to put under the care (of)
42. to direct or aim carefully
43. (General Sporting Terms) (passive) Brit to cause (a racehorse, greyhound, athlete, etc) to arrive in first, second, third, or sometimes fourth place
44. (General Sporting Terms) (intr) US and Canadian (of a racehorse, greyhound, etc) to finish among the first three in a contest, esp in second position
45. (Banking & Finance) to invest (funds)
46. (Music, other) to sing (a note) with accuracy of pitch
47. (Journalism & Publishing) to insert (an advertisement) in a newspaper, journal, etc
[C13: via Old French from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia, from platus broad; compare French plat flat]


(Biography) Francis. 1771–1854, British radical, who campaigned for the repeal (1824) of the Combination Acts, which forbade the forming of trade unions, and for parliamentary reform
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n., v. placed, plac•ing. n.
1. a particular portion of space, whether of definite or indefinite extent.
2. space in general: time and place.
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.
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.
8. a proper or appropriate location, position, or time: A restaurant is no place for an argument.
9. a job, post, or office: persons in high places.
10. a function or duty: It is not your place to offer criticism.
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.
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.
18. a part of a building: The kitchen is the sunniest place in the house.
19. a residence, dwelling, or house.
20. lieu; substitution (usu. fol. by of): Use yogurt in place of sour cream.
21. a step or point in order of proceeding: in the first place.
22. Arith.
a. the position of a figure in a series, as in decimal notation.
b. Usu., places. the figures of the series.
23. one of the three dramatic unities.
24. 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 (def. 26), win (def. 15).
25. space for entry or passage: to make place for the crowds.
26. to put in the proper position or order; arrange: Place the dishes on the table.
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.
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.
34. to assign a certain position or rank to.
35. to identify by connecting with the proper place, circumstances, etc: to place a face.
36. to employ (the voice) to sing or speak with resonant tones.
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.
1. give place to,
a. to give precedence to.
b. to be succeeded or replaced by.
2. go places, to advance in one's career; succeed.
3. in place,
a. in the correct or usual position or order.
b. in the same spot, without advancing or retreating: to jog in place.
4. know or keep one's place, to behave according to one's position or rank, esp. if inferior.
5. out of place,
a. not in the correct or usual position or order.
b. unsuitable; inappropriate.
6. place in the sun, a favorable position; prominence.
[1200–50; Middle English < Old French place < Latin platea,platēa street, courtyard, area < Greek plateîa broad street]
place′a•ble, adj.
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1. used in descriptions

You can use place after an adjective when you are describing a building, room, town, or area of land. For example, instead of saying 'Paris is nice', you can say 'Paris is a nice place'.

I love this village – it's a beautiful place.
Their new house is a really comfortable place.
2. saying where something is

You can say where something is using the place whereÉ. For example, you can say 'This is the place where I parked my car'.

He reached the place where I was standing.
This is the place where we leave our school bags.

Be Careful!
Don't use a to-infinitive after a place where. Don't say, for example, 'I'm looking for a place where to park my car'. Say 'I'm looking for a place to park my car' or 'I'm looking for a place where I can park my car'. You can also say 'I'm looking for somewhere to park my car'.

He was looking for a place to hide.
Is there a place where you can go swimming?
We had to find somewhere to live.
3. 'anywhere'

In British English, you don't usually use 'place' after 'any' in questions or negative statements. Don't say, for example, 'She never goes to any place alone'. You say 'She never goes anywhere alone'.

I decided not to go anywhere in the summer holidays.
Is there a spare seat anywhere?

In American English, anyplace is sometimes used instead of anywhere.

He doesn't stay anyplace for very long.
4. 'there'

Don't use 'that place' to refer to somewhere that has just been mentioned. Don't say, for example, 'I threw my bag on the ground and left it in that place'. You say 'I threw my bag on the ground and left it there'.

I moved to London and soon found a job there.
I must go home. Bill is there on his own.
5. 'room'

Don't use 'place' as an uncountable noun to refer to an open or empty area. Use room or space instead. Room is more likely to be used when you are talking about space inside an enclosed area.

There's not enough room in the car for all of us.
We need plenty of space for the children to play.


1. 'place' and 'put'

The verbs place and put are often used with the same meaning. Place is more formal than put, and is mainly used in writing.

If you place something somewhere, you put it there. You often use place to say that someone puts something somewhere neatly or carefully.

She placed the music on the piano and sat down.
Each piece of furniture is carefully placed, as in a gallery.
2. pressure

If you place or put pressure on someone, you urge them to do something.

Renewed pressure will be placed on the Government this week.
He may have put pressure on her to agree.
3. adverts

If you place or put an advert in a newspaper, you pay for the advert to be printed in the newspaper.

We placed an advert in an evening paper.
You could put an advert in the 'Mail'.
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Past participle: placed
Gerund: placing

I place
you place
he/she/it places
we place
you place
they place
I placed
you placed
he/she/it placed
we placed
you placed
they placed
Present Continuous
I am placing
you are placing
he/she/it is placing
we are placing
you are placing
they are placing
Present Perfect
I have placed
you have placed
he/she/it has placed
we have placed
you have placed
they have placed
Past Continuous
I was placing
you were placing
he/she/it was placing
we were placing
you were placing
they were placing
Past Perfect
I had placed
you had placed
he/she/it had placed
we had placed
you had placed
they had placed
I will place
you will place
he/she/it will place
we will place
you will place
they will place
Future Perfect
I will have placed
you will have placed
he/she/it will have placed
we will have placed
you will have placed
they will have placed
Future Continuous
I will be placing
you will be placing
he/she/it will be placing
we will be placing
you will be placing
they will be placing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been placing
you have been placing
he/she/it has been placing
we have been placing
you have been placing
they have been placing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been placing
you will have been placing
he/she/it will have been placing
we will have been placing
you will have been placing
they will have been placing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been placing
you had been placing
he/she/it had been placing
we had been placing
you had been placing
they had been placing
I would place
you would place
he/she/it would place
we would place
you would place
they would place
Past Conditional
I would have placed
you would have placed
he/she/it would have placed
we would have placed
you would have placed
they would have placed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a point located with respect to surface features of some regionplace - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"
tomb, grave - a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his mother's grave"
junction - the place where two or more things come together
birthplace, place of birth - the place where someone was born
polling place, polling station - a place where voters go to cast their votes in an election
end - one of two places from which people are communicating to each other; "the phone rang at the other end"; "both ends wrote at the same time"
hiding place - a place suitable for hiding something (such as yourself)
heights, high - a high place; "they stood on high and observed the countryside"; "he doesn't like heights"
hole-in-the-wall - a small unpretentious out-of-the-way place; "his office was a hole-in-the-wall"
holy, holy place, sanctum - a sacred place of pilgrimage
mecca - a place that attracts many visitors; "New York is a mecca for young artists"
nesting place - a place suitable for nesting
overlook - a high place affording a good view
crest, summit, top, peak, tip, crown - the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill); "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the tip of Monadnock"; "the region is a few molecules wide at the summit"
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
rendezvous - a place where people meet; "he was waiting for them at the rendezvous"
scour - a place that is scoured (especially by running water)
service area - place on a highway providing garage services and eating and toilet facilities
showplace - a place that is frequently exhibited and visited for its historical interest or natural beauty
solitude - a solitary place
stop - a spot where something halts or pauses; "his next stop is Atlanta"
target area, target - the location of the target that is to be hit
puddle, pool - something resembling a pool of liquid; "he stood in a pool of light"; "his chair sat in a puddle of books and magazines"
zone - a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features - any area set aside for a particular purposeplace - any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
boatyard - a place where boats are built or maintained or stored
sanctuary - a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
centre, center - a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
colony - a place where a group of people with the same interest or occupation are concentrated; "a nudist colony"; "an artists' colony"
hatchery - a place where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions (especially fish eggs); "the park authorities operated a trout hatchery" - an abstract mental location; "he has a special place in my thoughts"; "a place in my heart"; "a political system with no place for the less prominent groups"
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
layer, stratum, level - an abstract place usually conceived as having depth; "a good actor communicates on several levels"; "a simile has at least two layers of meaning"; "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously" - a general vicinity; "He comes from a place near Chicago"
locality, neck of the woods, neighborhood, neighbourhood, vicinity - a surrounding or nearby region; "the plane crashed in the vicinity of Asheville"; "it is a rugged locality"; "he always blames someone else in the immediate neighborhood"; "I will drop in on you the next time I am in this neck of the woods" - the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"
role, function, office, part - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
behalf - as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of"); "the guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child"; "this letter is written on behalf of my client"; - a particular situation; "If you were in my place what would you do?"
situation, position - a condition or position in which you find yourself; "the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils"; "found herself in a very fortunate situation" - where you live at a particular timeplace - where you live at a particular time; "deliver the package to my home"; "he doesn't have a home to go to"; "your place or mine?"
abode, residence - any address at which you dwell more than temporarily; "a person can have several residences"
home away from home, home from home - a place where you are just as comfortable and content as if you were home - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
job, line of work, occupation, business, line - the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
academicianship - the position of member of an honorary academy
accountantship - the position of accountant
admiralty - the office of admiral
ambassadorship - the post of ambassador
apostleship - the position of apostle
apprenticeship - the position of apprentice
associateship - the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
attorneyship - the position of attorney
bailiffship - the office of bailiff
baronetage - the state of a baronet
bishopry, episcopate - the office and dignity of a bishop
cadetship - the position of cadet
caliphate - the office of a caliph
captaincy, captainship - the post of captain
cardinalship - the office of cardinal
chairmanship - the position of chairman
chancellorship - the office of chancellor
chaplaincy, chaplainship - the position of chaplain
chieftaincy, chieftainship - the position of chieftain
clerkship - the job of clerk
commandership, commandery - the position or office of commander
comptrollership - the position of comptroller
consulship - the post of consul
controllership - the position of controller
councillorship, councilorship - the position of council member
counsellorship, counselorship - the position of counselor
curacy - the position of a curate
curatorship - the position of curator
custodianship - the position of custodian
deanship, deanery - the position or office of a dean
directorship - the position of a director of a business concern
discipleship - the position of disciple
editorship - the position of editor
eldership - the office of elder
emirate - the office of an emir
fatherhood - the status of a father
fatherhood - the status of a religious leader
foremanship - the position of foreman
generalcy, generalship - the office and authority of a general
governorship - the office of governor
headship - the position of head
headship - the position of headmaster or headmistress
hot seat - a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
incumbency - the office of an incumbent
inspectorship - the office of inspector
instructorship - the position of instructor
internship - the position of a medical intern
judgeship, judicature - the position of judge
khanate - the position of a khan
lectureship - the post of lecturer
legateship, legation - the post or office of legate
legislatorship - the office of legislator
librarianship - the position of librarian
lieutenancy - the position of a lieutenant
magistracy, magistrature - the position of magistrate
managership - the position of manager
manhood - the status of being a man
marshalship - the post of marshall
mastership - the position of master
mayoralty - the position of mayor
messiahship - the position of messiah
moderatorship - the position of moderator
overlordship - the position of overlord
pastorship, pastorate - the position of pastor
peasanthood - the state of being a peasant; "the same homely dress she wore in the days of her peasanthood"
plum - a highly desirable position or assignment; "a political plum"
praetorship - the office of praetor
precentorship - the position of precentor
preceptorship - the position of preceptor
prefecture - the office of prefect
prelacy, prelature - the office or station of a prelate - the particular portion of space occupied by somethingplace - the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place"
wing - (in flight formation) a position to the side and just to the rear of another aircraft
half-mast, half-staff - a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
lead - (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first"
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
pole position - the most favorable position at the start of a race
polls - the place where people vote
pride of place - the first or highest or most important or most ostentatious place
anomaly - (astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun)
site, situation - physical position in relation to the surroundings; "the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides"
setting - the physical position of something; "he changed the setting on the thermostat"
juxtaposition - a side-by-side position
lie - position or manner in which something is situated
post, station - the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand; "a soldier manned the entrance post"; "a sentry station"
pitch - a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk); "he was employed to see that his paper's news pitches were not trespassed upon by rival vendors"
landmark - the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape; "the church steeple provided a convenient landmark"
right - location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east; "he stood on the right"
left - location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east; "she stood on the left"
back, rear - the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; "he stood at the back of the stage"; "it was hidden in the rear of the store"
front - the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer; "he walked to the front of the stage"
stand - the position where a thing or person stands
station - (nautical) the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty
vantage - place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective) - proper or designated social situation; "he overstepped his place"; "the responsibilities of a man in his station"; "married above her station"
niche - a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it; "he found his niche in the academic world"
social rank, social station, social status, rank - position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are" - a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)place - a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); "he booked their seats in advance"; "he sat in someone else's place"
aeroplane, airplane, plane - an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
perch - an elevated place serving as a seat
space - an area reserved for some particular purpose; "the laboratory's floor space" - the passage that is being read; "he lost his place on the page"
passage - a section of text; particularly a section of medium length - proper or appropriate position or location; "a woman's place is no longer in the kitchen"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations" - a public square with room for pedestriansplace - a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets - an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position"
item, point - a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"
postposition - (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element after another (as placing a modifier after the word that it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix after the base to which it is attached)
preposition - (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element before another (as placing a modifier before the word it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix before the base to which it is attached) - a blank areaplace - a blank area; "write your name in the space provided"
surface area, expanse, area - the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area"
margin - the blank space that surrounds the text on a page; "he jotted a note in the margin"
indention, indent, indentation, indenture - the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
form - a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form" - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
put in, stick in, inclose, insert, introduce, enclose - introduce; "Insert your ticket here"
docket - place on the docket for legal action; "Only 5 of the 120 cases docketed were tried"
postpose - place after another constituent in the sentence; "Japanese postposes the adpositions, whereas English preposes them"
prepose - place before another constituent in the sentence; "English preposes the adpositions; Japanese postposes them"
step - place (a ship's mast) in its step
put back, replace - put something back where it belongs; "replace the book on the shelf after you have finished reading it"; "please put the clean dishes back in the cabinet when you have washed them"
stratify - form, arrange, or deposit in layers; "The fish are stratified in barrels"; "The rock was stratified by the force of the water"; "A statistician stratifies the list of names according to the addresses"
plant - place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive; "Plant a spy in Moscow"; "plant bugs in the dissident's apartment"
intersperse - place at intervals in or among; "intersperse exclamation marks in the text"
snuggle, nestle - position comfortably; "The baby nestled her head in her mother's elbow"
pile - place or lay as if in a pile; "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
superimpose, superpose, lay over - place on top of; "can you superimpose the two images?"
superpose - place (one geometric figure) upon another so that their perimeters coincide
park - place temporarily; "park the car in the yard"; "park the children with the in-laws"; "park your bag in this locker"
ensconce, settle - fix firmly; "He ensconced himself in the chair"
dispose - place or put in a particular order; "the dots are unevenly disposed"
emplace - put into place or position; "the box with the ancestors' ashes was emplaced on the top shelf of the house altar"
emplace - provide a new emplacement for guns
ship - place on board a ship; "ship the cargo in the hold of the vessel"
underlay - put (something) under or beneath; "They underlaid the shingles with roofing paper"
trench - set, plant, or bury in a trench; "trench the fallen soldiers"; "trench the vegetables"
pigeonhole - place into a small compartment
shelve - place on a shelf; "shelve books"
jar - place in a cylindrical vessel; "jar the jam"
repose - to put something (eg trust) in something; "The nation reposed its confidence in the King"
sign - place signs, as along a road; "sign an intersection"; "This road has been signed"
middle - put in the middle
parallelize - place parallel to one another
recess - put into a recess; "recess lights"
reposition - place into another position
throw, thrust - place or put with great energy; "She threw the blanket around the child"; "thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"
tee, tee up - place on a tee; "tee golf balls"
rack up - place in a rack; "rack pool balls"
coffin - place into a coffin; "her body was coffined"
bed - put to bed; "The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
appose - place side by side or in close proximity
place down, put down, set down - cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place; "set down your bags here"
sow, seed - place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"
misplace - place or position wrongly; put in the wrong position; "misplaced modifiers"
juxtapose - place side by side; "The fauvists juxtaposed strong colors"
set down - put or settle into a position; "The hotel was set down at the bottom of the valley"
bottle - put into bottles; "bottle the mineral water"
bucket - put into a bucket
barrel - put in barrels
ground - place or put on the ground
pillow, rest - rest on or as if on a pillow; "pillow your head"
mislay, misplace, lose - place (something) where one cannot find it again; "I misplaced my eyeglasses"
upend - set, turn, or stand on end; "upend the box and empty the contents"
seat, sit down, sit - show to a seat; assign a seat for; "The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith"
seat - place in or on a seat; "the mother seated the toddler on the high chair"
lay, put down, repose - put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed" - place somebody in a particular situation or location; "he was placed on probation"
assign, delegate, designate, depute - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person) - assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
superordinate - place in a superior order or rank; "These two notions are superordinated to a third"
shortlist - put someone or something on a short list
seed - distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
reorder - assign a new order to
subordinate - rank or order as less important or consider of less value; "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"
prioritise, prioritize - assign a priority to; "we have too many things to do and must prioritize"
sequence - arrange in a sequence
downgrade - rate lower; lower in value or esteem
upgrade - rate higher; raise in value or esteem
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people" - assign a location to; "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles"
station, post, send, place - assign to a station - to arrange for; "place a phone call"; "place a bet"
order - make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage" - take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal; "Jerry came in third in the Marathon"
rank - take or have a position relative to others; "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World" - intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
address - direct a question at someone
aim, take aim, train, direct, take - point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"
home in, range in, zero in - direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids - recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something; "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, severalise, severalize, tell apart, separate, tell - mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
set, determine - fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules" - assign to (a job or a home)
assign, delegate, designate, depute - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person) - locate; "The film is set in Africa"
stage, present, represent - perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'" - estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge - judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds" - identify the location or place of; "We localized the source of the infection"
situate, locate - determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey; "Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space"; "Locate the boundaries of the property" - make an investment; "Put money into bonds"
fund - invest money in government securities
expend, spend, drop - pay out; "spend money"
roll over - re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security; "She rolled over her IRA"
shelter - invest (money) so that it is not taxable
tie up - invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes; "All my money is tied up in long-term investments"
job, speculate - invest at a risk; "I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating"
buy into - buy stocks or shares of a company - assign to a station
garrison - station (troops) in a fort or garrison
fort - station (troops) in a fort
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
site, locate, place - assign a location to; "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles" - finish second or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on number six to place"
run - compete in a race; "he is running the Marathon this year"; "let's race and see who gets there first" - sing a note with the correct pitch
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
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1. spot, point, position, site, area, situation, station, location, venue, whereabouts, locus the place where the temple actually stood
2. region, city, town, quarter, village, district, neighbourhood, hamlet, vicinity, locality, locale, dorp (S. African) the opportunity to visit new places
3. position, point, spot, location He returned the album to its place on the shelf.
4. space, position, seat, chair There was a single empty place left at the table.
5. rank, standing, position, footing, station, status, grade, niche a society where everyone knows their place
6. situation, position, circumstances, shoes (informal) If I were in your place I'd see a lawyer as soon as possible.
7. job, position, post, situation, office, employment, appointment, berth (informal), billet (informal) All the candidates won places on the ruling council.
8. home, house, room, property, seat, flat, apartment, accommodation, pad (slang), residence, mansion, dwelling, manor, abode, domicile Let's all go back to my place!
9. (In this context, the construction is always negative) duty, right, job, charge, concern, role, affair, responsibility, task, function, prerogative It is not my place to comment.
1. lay (down), leave, put (down), set (down), stand, sit, position, rest, plant, station, establish, stick (informal), settle, fix, arrange, lean, deposit, locate, set out, install, prop, dispose, situate, stow, bung (Brit. slang), plonk (informal), array Chairs were placed in rows for the parents.
2. put, lay, set, invest, pin Children place their trust in us.
3. classify, class, group, put, order, sort, rank, arrange, grade, assign, categorize The authorities have placed the drug in Class A.
4. entrust to, give to, assign to, appoint to, allocate to, find a home for The twins were placed in a foster home.
5. identify, remember, recognize, pin someone down, put your finger on, put a name to, set someone in context I know we've met, but I can't place you.
in place
6. in position, positioned, in situ The rear plate of the motor was in place.
7. set up, established, ready, in order, arranged, all set Similar legislation is already in place in Wales.
in place of instead of, rather than, in exchange for, as an alternative to, taking the place of, in lieu of, as a substitute for, as a replacement for Cooked kidney beans can be used in place of French beans.
out of place
8. out of position, messy, out of order, in disarray, in a mess, in disorder, disarranged Not a strand of her sleek hair was out of place.
9. incongruous, uncomfortable, uneasy, ill at ease, like a fish out of water I felt out of place in my suit and tie.
10. inappropriate, wrong, unsuitable, improper, misplaced, unseemly, untoward One word out of place may kill the whole peace process.
put someone in their place humble, humiliate, deflate, crush, mortify, take the wind out of someone's sails, cut someone down to size (informal), take someone down a peg (informal), make someone eat humble pie, bring someone down to size (informal), make someone swallow their pride, settle someone's hash (informal) She put him in his place with just a few words.
take place happen, occur, go on, go down (U.S. & Canad.), arise, come about, crop up, transpire (informal), befall, materialize, come to pass (archaic), betide Similar demonstrations also took place elsewhere.
take the place of replace, relieve, substitute for, cover for, take over from, act for, stand in for, fill in for, be a substitute for He eventually took Charlie's place in the band.

Places and their nicknames

Aberdeenthe Granite City
Adelaidethe City of Churches
Amsterdamthe Venice of the North
BirminghamBrum or the Venice of the North
BostonBean Town
Brugesthe Venice of the North
Californiathe Golden State
Chicagothe Windy City
Dallasthe Big D
Detroitthe Motor City
DresdenFlorence on the Elbe
Dublinthe Fair City
DumfriesQueen of the South
EdinburghAuld Reekie or the Athens of the North
Floridathe Sunshine State
Fraserburghthe Broch
Glasgowthe Dear Green Place
Hamburgthe Venice of the North
Indianathe Hoosier State
Iowathe Hawkeye State
Irelandthe Emerald Isle
JamaicaJ.A. or the Yard
Jerusalemthe Holy City
Kentuckythe Bluegrass State
Kuala LumpurK.L.
Londonthe Big Smoke or the Great Wen
Los AngelesL.A.
New Jerseythe Garden State
New Orleansthe Crescent City or the Big Easy
New South WalesMa State
New York (City)the Big Apple
New York (State)the Empire State
New ZealandPig Island
North Carolinathe Tarheel State
NottinghamQueen of the Midlands
Oklahomathe Sooner State
Pennsylvaniathe Keystone State
Prince Edward IslandSpud Island
QueenslandBananaland or the Deep North (both derogatory)
Romethe Eternal City
San FranciscoFrisco
Southeastern U.S.A.Dixie, Dixieland, or the Deep South
TasmaniaTassie or the Apple Isle
Texasthe Lone Star State
Utahthe Beehive State
VeniceLa Serenissima
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1. A particular portion of space chosen for something:
2. A building or shelter where one lives:
abode, domicile, dwelling, habitation, home, house, lodging (often used in plural), residence.
Chiefly British: dig (used in plural).
3. A particular geographic area:
4. The function or position customarily occupied by another:
Archaic: lieu.
5. The proper or designated location:
6. A post of employment:
Slang: gig.
7. Positioning of one individual vis-à-vis others:
1. To deposit in a specified place:
2. To put in or assign to a certain position or location:
3. To assign to a class or classes:
4. To calculate approximately:
5. To establish the identification of:
Slang: finger.
6. To ascribe (a misdeed or an error, for example) to:
7. To complete a race or competition in a specified position:
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مَكانيَضَعبَيْت، مَنْزِلمَحَلمَرْتَبَه
felvételhelyhelyezéshelyezninem tudom hova tenni
hús; heimilikoma fyrir sigplásssætisæti, staîa
장소...을 ...에 놓다두다
antra…aukštai iškiltidėtigatvėįsivaizduoti save kieno vietoj
atpazītatsaukt atmiņābrīva vietadarba vietadarbs
chỗđặtnơi chốn


A. N
1. (gen) → lugar m, sitio m
this is the placeéste es el lugar, aquí es
we came to a place wherellegamos a un lugar donde ...
the furniture was all over the placelos muebles estaban todos manga por hombro
we're all over the placetenemos un lío que no nos aclaramos
in another or some other placeen otra parte
any place will docualquier lugar vale or sirve
it all began to fall into placetodo empezó a tener sentido
when the new law/system is in placecuando la nueva ley/el nuevo sistema entre en vigor
a blue suit, worn in placesun traje azul, raído a retazos
the snow was a metre deep in placeshabía tramos or trozos en que la nieve cubría un metro
this is no place for youéste no es sitio para ti
there was no place to hideno había donde esconderse
to run in place (US) → correr en parada
it must be some place else (US) → estará en otra parte
a place in the sun (fig) → una posición envidiable
2. (specific) → lugar m
place of amusementlugar m de diversión
place of birthlugar m de nacimiento
place of business [of employment] → lugar m de trabajo; (= office) → oficina f, despacho m; (= shop) → comercio m
place of refugerefugio m, asilo m
place of residencedomicilio m, residencia f
place of worshiptemplo m, lugar m de culto
3. (= town, area) → lugar m, sitio m
it's a small placees un pueblo pequeño
to go places (US) (= travel) → viajar, conocer mundo
he's going places (fig) → llegará lejos
we like to go places at weekendsdurante los fines de semana nos gusta salir de excursión
from place to placede un sitio a otro
he drifted from place to place, from job to jobiba de un sitio a otro, de trabajo en trabajo
4. (= house) → casa f; (= building) → sitio m
his place in the countrysu casa de campo
they have a new place nowtienen una nueva casa ya
we were at Peter's placeestuvimos en casa de Pedro, estuvimos donde Pedro
come to our placeven (a visitarnos) a casa
my place or yours?¿en mi casa o en la tuya?
I helped him out when he had no place to goyo le eché una mano cuando no tenía donde ir
there's a new pizza place in townhan abierto un sitio de pizzas en el centro
I must be mad, working in this placedebo de estar loca para trabajar en este sitio or lugar
5. (in street names) → plaza f
6. (= proper or natural place) → sitio m, lugar m
does this have a place?¿tiene esto un sitio determinado?
this isn't the place to discuss politicsno es el lugar más indicado para hablar de política
his troops were in placesus tropas estaban en su sitio
he checked that his tie was in placecomprobó que llevaba bien puesta or colocada la corbata
the final arrangements are now in placeya se han ultimado los preparativos que faltaban
everything in its placecada cosa en su lugar
to hold sth in placesujetar algo en su lugar
to put sth back in its placedevolver algo a su sitio
to be out of placeestar fuera de lugar
it looks out of place hereaquí parece que está fuera de (su) lugar
that remark was quite out of placeaquella observación estaba fuera de lugar
I feel rather out of place hereme siento como que estoy de más aquí, aquí me siento un poco fuera de lugar
to laugh in or at the right placereírse en el momento oportuno
7. (in book) → página f
to find/lose one's placeencontrar/perder la página
to mark one's placeponer una marca (de por dónde se va) en un libro
8. (= seat) → asiento m; (in cinema, theatre) → localidad f; (at table) → cubierto m; (in queue) → turno m; (in school, university, on trip) → plaza f; (in team) → puesto m
are there any places left?¿quedan plazas?
is this place taken?¿está ocupado este asiento?
he managed to keep his place in the teamlogró conservar su puesto en el equipo
a university placeuna plaza en la universidad
to change places with sbcambiar de sitio con algn
to give place todar paso a
to lay an extra place for sbponer otro cubierto para algn
to lose one's place (in queue) → perder su turno
9. (= job, vacancy) → puesto m
his uncle found him a place in the firmsu tío le buscó un puesto en la compañía
places for 500 workers500 puestos de trabajo
to seek a place in publishingbuscarse una colocación or un puesto en una casa editorial
10. (= position) → lugar m
it is not my place to do itno me toca a mí hacerlo
put yourself in my placeponte en mi lugar
if I were in your placeyo en tu lugar, yo que tú
your place is to obey orderslo tuyo es obedecer órdenes
I wouldn't mind changing places with her!¡no me importaría estar en su lugar!
friends in high placesamigos mpl bien situados
to know one's placesaber cuál es su lugar
racism has no place hereaquí no hay sitio para el racismo
she occupies a special place in the heart of the British peopleocupa un rincón especial en el corazón del pueblo británico
to take the place of sth/sbsustituir or suplir algo/a algn
nobody could ever take his placenadie sería capaz de sustituirlo
I was unable to go so Sheila took my placeyo no pude ir, así que Sheila lo hizo por mí
11. (in series, rank) → posición f, lugar m
to work sth out to three places of decimalscalcular algo hasta las milésimas or hasta con tres decimales
Madrid won, with Bilbao in second placeganó Madrid, con Bilbao en segunda posición or segundo lugar
she took second place in the race/Latin examquedó la segunda en la carrera/el examen de Latín
he didn't like having to take second place to his wife in publicdelante de la gente no le gustaba quedar en un segundo plano detrás de su mujer
for her, money takes second place to job satisfactionpara ella un trabajo gratificante va antes que el dinero
to put sb in his placeponer a algn en su lugar, bajar los humos a algn
12. (other phrases)
in the first/second placeen primer/segundo lugar
in place ofen lugar de, en vez de
to take placetener lugar
the marriage will not now take placeahora la boda no se celebrará, ahora no habrá boda
there are great changes taking placeestán ocurriendo or se están produciendo grandes cambios
1. (= put) (gen) → poner; (more precisely) → colocar
she placed the dish on the tablepuso el plato en la mesa
place the mask over your nose and mouthcolóquese la mascarilla sobre la nariz y la boca
to place a matter in sb's handsdejar un asunto en manos de algn
the drought is placing heavy demands on the water supplyla sequía está poniendo en serios apuros al suministro de agua
his job places heavy demands on himsu trabajo le exige mucho
unemployment places a great strain on familiesel desempleo somete a las familias a una fuerte presión
2. (= give, attribute) [+ blame] → echar (on a) [+ responsibility] → achacar (on a) [+ importance] → dar, otorgar (more frm) (on a)
I had no qualms about placing my confidence in himno tenía ningún reparo en depositar mi confianza en él
they place too much emphasis on paper qualificationsle dan demasiada importancia a los títulos
we should place no trust in thatno hay que fiarse de eso
3. (= situate) → situar, ubicar
the house is well placedla casa está bien situada
we are better placed than a month agoestamos en mejor situación que hace un mes
he is well placed to see it allestá en una buena posición para observarlo todo
we are well placed to attackestamos en una buena posición para atacar
how are you placed for money?¿qué tal andas de dinero?
4. (Comm) [+ order] → hacer; [+ goods] → colocar (Fin) [+ money, funds] → colocar, invertir
goods that are difficult to placemercancías fpl que no encuentran salida
to place an advert in a paperponer un anuncio en un periódico
to place a contract for machinery with a French firmfirmar un contrato con una compañía francesa para adquirir unas máquinas
to place an order (for sth) (with sb)hacer un pedido (de algo) (a algn)
see also bet C1
5. (= find employment for) [agency] → encontrar un puesto a, colocar; [employer] → ofrecer empleo a, colocar; (= find home for) → colocar
the child was placed with a loving familyel niño fue (enviado) a vivir con una familia muy cariñosa
6. (of series, rank) → colocar, clasificar
to be placed (in horse race) → llegar colocado
they are currently placed second in the leagueactualmente ocupan el segundo lugar de la clasificación
Vigo is well placed in the LeagueVigo tiene un buen puesto en la Liga
she was placed in the top group for mathsen matemáticas la colocaron en el grupo de los mejores
7. (= recall, identify) → recordar; (= recognize) → reconocer; (= identify) → identificar, ubicar (LAm)
I can't place herno recuerdo de dónde la conozco, no la ubico (LAm)
C. VI (US) (in race, competition) to place secondquedar segundo, quedar en segundo lugar
D. CPD place card N tarjeta que indica el lugar de alguien en la mesa
place kick N (Rugby) → puntapié m colocado (Ftbl) → tiro m libre
place mat Nbajoplato m, salvamanteles m inv individual
place name Ntopónimo m place names (as study, in general) → toponimia f
the place names of Aragonla toponimia aragonesa
place setting Ncubierto m
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(= location) → endroit m, lieu m
the place where → l'endroit où
a good place to ... → un bon endroit pour ...
We were looking for a good place to camp → Nous cherchions un bon endroit pour camper.
in the same place → au même endroit
The pain was always in the same place → La douleur était toujours au même endroit.
in the wrong place → au mauvais endroit
Don't park your car in the wrong place → Ne garez pas votre voiture au mauvais endroit.
in a safe place → en lieu sûr
I keep these cards in a safe place → Je ranges ces cartes en lieu sûr.
in two places at once → en deux endroits à la fois
from place to place → d'un endroit à l'autre
all over the place (= everywhere) → partout
to be all over the place (mainly British) (= disorganized) → être dispersé(e)
in places → par endroits
he's going places (fig)il fait son chemin
to take place → avoir lieu
(= town, village, restaurant) → endroit m
It's a quiet place → C'est un endroit tranquille.
There are a lot of interesting places to visit → Il y a beaucoup d'endroits intéressants à visiter.
My wife and I discovered some superb places to eat → Ma femme et moi avons découvert de merveilleux endroitsmanger.
(for particular purpose) place of work → lieu de travail
place of worship → lieu de culte
place of birth → lieu de naissance
(= space) → place f
a parking place → une place de stationnement
I found a place to park → J'ai trouvé où me garer., J'ai trouvé une place de stationnement.
Can you find a place for that dish in the cupboard? → Tu peux trouver une place pour ce plat dans le placard ?
(in book, speech) to mark one's place → marquer l'endroit où l'on en est resté
to lose one's place → ne plus s'y retrouver
(= proper position) → place f
he returned the album to its place on the shelf → il a remis l'album à sa place sur l'étagère
to put sth back in its place → remettre qch à sa place
to be in place (= in right position) → être à sa place
All the keys are in place. They don't seem to have stolen any → Toutes les clés sont à leur place. Il semble qu'ils n'en aient volé aucune. (= functioning) [law, policy, structure] → être en place
Similar legislation is already in place in Wales → Une législation similaire est déjà en place au Pays de Galles.
Everything was in place for the handover of power → Tout était en place pour la passation de pouvoir.
to be out of place (= in wrong position) → ne pas être à sa place
Some of my books seem to be out of place → Certains de mes livres ne semblent pas à leur place.
She didn't have a single hair out of place
BUT Elle n'avait pas un cheveu de travers.; Elle n'avait pas un cheveu qui dépassait.
out of place (= not suitable) [remark, behaviour] → déplacé(e)
Her use of the word "hate" seemed out of place → Son emploi du mot "haine" semblait déplacé.
to feel out of place → ne pas se sentir à sa place
I feel out of place here → Je ne me sens pas à ma place ici.
everything fell into place (= become clear) → tout est devenu clair
(in competition, race)place f
Britain won third place at the games in Barcelona → La Grande-Bretagne a gagné la troisième place aux jeux de Barcelone.
He has risen to second place in the opinion polls → Il est monté à la deuxième place dans les sondages.
(in society, hierarchy)place f
Britain's place in the world → la place de la Grande-Bretagne dans le monde
to occupy an important place in sth → occuper une place importante dans qch
people in high places → les gens haut placés
to have friends in high places → avoir des amis haut placés
to learn one's place → apprendre à tenir sa place
to put sb in their place (fig)remettre qn à sa place
to take second place to sth (= be less important than) → céder le pas à qch
My personal life has had to take second place to my career → Ma vie personnelle a dû céder le pas à ma carrière.
(in team, on committee, at university)place f
a university place → une place à l'université
(= role) it's not my place to do it → ce n'est pas à moi de le faire
to take sth's place → prendre la place de qch
to take sb's place → prendre la place de qn
He eventually took Charlie's place in the band → Il a fini par prendre la place de Charlie dans le groupe.
(= situation) in sb's place → à la place de qn
What would you have done in my place? → Qu'auriez-vous fait à ma place?
(= seat) → place f
to change places (= swap seats) → changer de place
Tamsin, change places with Delphine! → Tamsin, change de place avec Delphine!
to change places with sb (fig)échanger sa place avec qn
I wouldn't change places with anyone → je n'échangerais ma place pour rien au monde
(= home) at sb's place → chez qn
Shall we meet at your place? → On se retrouve chez toi?
to sb's place → chez qn
Do you want to come round to my place? → Tu veux venir chez moi?
We had gone on to Aunt Clare's place → Nous étions allés chez tante Clare.
a place of one's own → un endroit à soi
(mainly US) some place (= somewhere) → quelque part
any place
The poor guy obviously didn't have any place to go → À l'évidence, le pauvre gars n'avait nulle partaller.
every place (= everywhere) → partout
no place (= nowhere) → nulle part
(= time) → moment m
This is not the place for a lengthy discussion → Ce n'est pas le moment de se lancer dans une longue discussion.
in the first place ... in the second place ... (= firstly ... secondly ...) → en premier lieu ... . en second lieu ...
in the first place (= most importantly) → en premier lieu
in the first place (= originally) → en premier lieu
What brought you to Washington in the first place? → Qu'est-ce qui vous amené à Washington en premier lieu ?
in place of (= instead of) → à la place de
Lawrence visited us in place of John, who was ill → Lawrence nous a rendu visite à la place de John, qui était malade
in its place (= where it used to be) → à sa place
The factory has been pulled down, and in its place a new hospital has been built → L'usine a été démolie et à sa place un nouvel hôpital a été construit.
(= put) → placer, mettre
to place one's hand on sth → poser la main sur qch
He placed his hand on hers → Il a posé la main sur la sienne.
to place one's faith in sth → placer tous ses espoirs dans qch
to place one's hopes on sth → placer ses espoirs dans qch
(= rank) → placer
to place sb on a par with sb → placer qn sur le même pied que qn
Some place him on a par with Einstein → Certains le placent sur le même pied qu'Einstein.
to place sth above sth → placer qch au-dessus de qch
he continued to place security above all other objectives → il continuait à placer la sécurité au-dessus de tout autre objectif
(in race, exam) to be placed first → se classer premier
to be placed third → se classer troisième
to be placed last → se classer dernier
(= classify)
The authorities have placed the drug in Class A → Les autorités ont classé ce médicament en première catégorie.
(= situate) how are you placed next week? → comment ça se présente pour la semaine prochaine?
(= identify) → situer
She was looking at me as if she could not quite place me → Elle me regardait comme si elle n'arrivait pas à me situer exactement.
[+ advertisement] → mettre
They placed an advertisement in the local paper for a secretary → Ils ont mis une annonce pour une secrétaire dans le journal local
[+ order] (for product, meal)passer
to place an order with sb → passer commande à qn
[+ bet] → placer
(= find a job for) → placer
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general → Platz m, → Stelle f; this is the place where he was bornhier or an dieser Stelle wurde er geboren; do the spoons have a special place?haben die Löffel einen bestimmten Platz?; water is coming through in several placesan mehreren Stellen kommt Wasser durch; from place to placevon einem Ort zum anderen; in another placewoanders; bed is the best place for himim Bett ist er am besten aufgehoben; we found a good place to watch the procession fromwir fanden einen Platz, von dem wir den Umzug gut sehen konnten; in the right/wrong placean der richtigen/falschen Stelle; some/any placeirgendwo; a poor man with no place to goein armer Mann, der nicht weiß, wohin; this is no place for you/childrendas ist nichts or kein Platz für dich/für Kinder; there is no place for the unsuccessful in our societyfür Erfolglose ist in unserer Gesellschaft kein Platz; your place is by his sidedein Platz ist an seiner Seite; it was the last place I expected to find himda hätte ich ihn zuletzt or am wenigsten vermutet; this isn’t the place to discuss politicsdies ist nicht der Ort, um über Politik zu sprechen; to laugh in the right placesan den richtigen Stellen lachen; I can’t be in two places at once!ich kann doch nicht an zwei Stellen gleichzeitig sein; she likes to have a place for everything and everything in its placesie hält sehr auf Ordnung und achtet darauf, dass alles an seinem Platz liegt
= geographical location = districtGegend f; (= country)Land nt; (= building)Gebäude nt; (= town)Ort m; there’s nothing to do in the evenings in this placehier kann man abends nichts unternehmen; Sweden’s a great placeSchweden ist ein tolles Land; they’re building a new place out in the suburbssie bauen ein neues Gebäude am Stadtrand; a little place at the seaside (= village)ein kleiner Ort am Meer; (= house)ein Häuschen ntam Meer
= homeHaus nt, → Wohnung f; come round to my place some timebesuch mich mal, komm doch mal vorbei; let’s go back to my placelass uns zu mir gehen; I’ve never been to his placeich bin noch nie bei ihm gewesen; where’s your place?wo wohnst du?; at Peter’s placebei Peter; your place or mine? (hum inf)gehen wir zu dir oder zu mir?
in book etc → Stelle f; to find one’s placedie richtige Stelle finden; to keep one’s placesich (dat)die richtige Stelle markieren; to lose one’s placedie Seite verblättern; (on page) → die Zeile verlieren
= seat, position at table, in team, school, hospital → Platz m; (at university) → Studienplatz m; (= job)Stelle f; to lay an extra place for somebodyein zusätzliches Gedeck für jdn auflegen; to take one’s place (at table)Platz nehmen; take your places for a square dance!Aufstellung zur Quadrille, bitte!; places for 500 students500 Studienplätze; to give up one’s place (in a queue) → jdm den Vortritt lassen; to lose one’s place (in a queue) → sich wieder hinten anstellen müssen; if I were in your placean Ihrer Stelle, wenn ich an Ihrer Stelle wäre; put yourself in my placeversetzen Sie sich in meine Lage; to take the place of somebody/somethingjdn/etw ersetzen, jds Platz or den Platz von jdm/etw einnehmen
in hierarchy → Rang m, → Stellung f; people in high placesLeute in hohen Positionen; to know one’s placewissen, was sich (für einen) gehört; of course I’m not criticizing you, I know my place! (hum)ich kritisiere dich selbstverständlich nicht, das steht mir gar nicht zu; it’s not my place to comment/tell him what to does steht mir nicht zu, einen Kommentar abzugeben/ihm zu sagen, was er tun soll; to keep or put somebody in his placejdn in seine Schranken weisen; that put him in his place!das hat ihn erst mal zum Schweigen gebracht, da hab ichs/hat ers etc ihm gezeigt (inf)
in exam, competition → Platz m, → Stelle f; Lunt won, with Moore in second placeLunt hat gewonnen, an zweiter Stelle or auf dem zweiten Platz lag Moore; to win first placeErste(r, s) sein; to take second place to somethingeiner Sache (dat)gegenüber zweitrangig sein
Sport → Platzierung f; to get a placeeine Platzierung erreichen, einen der ersten drei Plätze belegen; to back a horse for a placeauf Platz wetten, eine Platzwette abschließen
in street names → Platz m
Math → Stelle f; to work something out to three decimal placesetw auf drei Stellen nach dem Komma berechnen
set structures
? place of + noun place of amusementVergnügungsstätte f; place of birthGeburtsort m; place of residenceWohnort m; place of business or workArbeitsstelle f
? in placesstellenweise; the snow was up to a metre deep in placesder Schnee lag stellenweise bis zu einem Meter hoch
? in place everything was in placealles war an seiner Stelle; make sure the wire/screw is properly in placeachten Sie darauf, dass der Draht/die Schraube richtig sitzt; the legislation is already in placedie gesetzlichen Regelungen gelten schon
? out of place to be out of place (= in the wrong place)nicht an der richtigen Stelle sein; (= untidy)in Unordnung sein; (fig, remark) → unangebracht or deplatziert sein; (person)fehl am Platz or deplatziert sein; to look out of placefehl am Platz or deplatziert wirken; to feel out of placesich fehl am Platz or deplatziert fühlen; not a hair out of placetipptopp frisiert (inf)
? all over the place (= everywhere)überall; she’s all over the place (inf: = disorganized) → sie ist total chaotisch (inf)
? in place ofstatt (+gen); McCormack played in goal in place of MillerMcCormack stand anstelle von Miller im Tor
? to fall into placeGestalt annehmen
? in the first place (= firstly)erstens; in the first place …, in the second place …erstens …, zweitens; she shouldn’t have been there in the first place (= anyway)sie hätte überhaupt nicht or erst gar nicht dort sein sollen
? to take placestattfinden; the meeting will take place on Mondaydas Treffen findet am Montag statt
? to go places (= travel)Ausflüge machen, herumreisen; he’s going places (fig inf)er bringts zu was (inf)
? to give place to stheiner Sache (dat)Platz machen
= putsetzen, stellen; (= lay down)legen; person at table etcsetzen; guardsaufstellen; shot (with gun) → anbringen; (Ftbl, Tennis) → platzieren; troopsin Stellung bringen; announcement (in paper) → inserieren (→ in in +dat); advertisementsetzen (→ in in +acc); the magician placed one hand over the otherder Zauberer legte eine Hand über die andere; she slowly placed one foot in front of the othersie setzte langsam einen Fuß vor den anderen; he placed the cue ball right behind the blacker setzte die Spielkugel direkt hinter die schwarze Kugel; he placed a gun to my header setzte mir eine Pistole an den Kopf; she placed a finger on her lipssie legte den Finger auf die Lippen; the vase was precariously placeddie Vase stand an einer gefährlichen Stelle; to place a matter before somebodyjdm eine Angelegenheit vorlegen; I shall place the matter in the hands of a lawyerich werde die Angelegenheit einem Rechtsanwalt übergeben; to place a strain on somethingetw belasten; this placed him under a lot of pressuredadurch geriet er stark unter Druck; to place confidence/trust in somebody/somethingVertrauen in jdn/etw setzen; to be placed (shop, town, house etc) → liegen; how are you placed for time/money?wie sieht es mit deiner Zeit/deinem Geld aus?
? well/better placed we are well placed for the shopswas Einkaufsmöglichkeiten angeht, wohnen wir günstig; Liverpool are well placed in the leagueLiverpool liegt gut in der Tabelle; they were well placed to observe the whole battlesie hatten einen günstigen Platz, von dem sie die ganze Schlacht verfolgen konnten; we are well placed now to finish the job by next yearwir stehen jetzt so gut da, dass wir die Arbeit im nächsten Jahr fertigstellen können; with the extra staff we are better placed now than we were last monthmit dem zusätzlichen Personal stehen wir jetzt besser da als vor einem Monat; he is well placed (to get hold of things) → er sitzt an der Quelle; he is well placed to get informationer kommt leicht an Informationen
= rankstellen; to place local interests above or before or over those of central governmentkommunale Interessen über die der Zentralregierung stellen; that should be placed firstdas sollte an erster Stelle stehen; where do you place love on your list of priorities?an welcher Stelle steht die Liebe für dich?; the German runner was placed thirdder deutsche Läufer belegte den dritten Platz or wurde Dritter; to be placed (Sport) → sich platzieren
= identify context ofeinordnen; in which school would you place this painting?welcher Schule würden Sie dieses Gemälde zuordnen?; I don’t know, it’s very difficult to placeich weiß es nicht, es ist sehr schwer einzuordnen; I can’t quite place him/his accentich kann ihn/seinen Akzent nicht einordnen; historians place the book in the 5th century ADHistoriker datieren das Buch auf das 5. Jahrhundert
Comm goodsabsetzen; ordererteilen (with sb jdm); contractabschließen (with sb mit jdm); who did you place the computer typesetting job with?wem haben Sie den Auftrag für den Computersatz erteilt?; this is the last time we place any work with youdas ist das letzte Mal, dass wir Ihnen einen Auftrag erteilt haben
money (= deposit)deponieren; (= invest)investieren; to place money at somebody’s creditjdm eine Geldsumme gutschreiben
phone callanmelden
= find job forunterbringen (with bei); the agency is trying to place him with a building firmdie Agentur versucht, ihn bei einer Baufirma unterzubringen


place card
nTischkarte f
n (Comput, Math) → Platzhalter m
place kick
nPlatztritt m
n (pej)Strohmann m
place mat
nSet nt
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1. n
a. (in general) → posto; (more formally) → luogo
to take place (incident) → succedere, accadere (meeting) → aver luogo
we came to a place where ... → siamo arrivati in un posto dove....
from place to place → da un posto all'altro
this is no place for you → questo non è un posto per te
place of business → posto di lavoro
place of worship/birth → luogo di culto/nascita
all over the place → dappertutto
to go places (travel) → andare in giro (per il mondo)
he's going places (fig) (fam) → si sta facendo strada
we're going places at last (fig) (fam) → finalmente abbiamo sfondato
it's only a small place (town) → è solo un paesino (house) → è piccolina
his place in the country → la sua villa in campagna
come to our place → venite da noi or a casa nostra
to put sth back in its place → rimettere qc al suo posto
that remark was quite out of place → quell'osservazione era proprio fuori luogo
I feel rather out of place here → qui mi sento un po' fuori posto
this isn't the place to discuss politics! → questo non è il posto giusto per discutere di politica!
to change places with sb → scambiarsi di posto con qn
to take the place of sb/sth → sostituire qn/qc, prendere il posto di qn/qc
in place of → al posto di, invece di
b. (in street names) → via
market place → piazza del mercato
c. (in book) to find one's placetrovare la pagina giusta
to lose one's place → perdere il segno
d. (seat) → posto (a sedere); (at table) → posto (a tavola); (in restaurant) → coperto
to lay an extra place for sb → aggiungere un posto a tavola per qn
e. (job, vacancy in team, school) → posto
he found a place for his nephew in the firm → ha trovato un posto a suo nipote nella ditta
f. (social position) → posizione f, rango
friends in high places → amici altolocati or nelle alte sfere
to know one's place (fig) → sapere stare al proprio posto
it is not my place to do it → non sta a me farlo
to put sb in his place (fig) → mettere a posto qn, mettere qn al suo posto
g. (in series, rank) in the first/second placein primo/secondo luogo
she took second place in the race → si è piazzata or è arrivata seconda nella gara
she took second place in the exam → ha preso il secondo miglior voto all'esame
A won, with B in second place → A ha vinto e B è finito secondo
2. vt
a. (put, gen) → posare, mettere; (on wall) → mettere
place it on the table → mettilo or posalo sul tavolo
we should place no trust in that → non dovremmo farci nessun affidamento
b. (situate, town) → situare; (person) → piazzare
we are better placed than a month ago → siamo in una situazione migliore or siamo messi meglio di un mese fa
awkwardly placed (shop) → piazzato/a male (fig) (person) → messo/a male (in embarassing situation) → in una posizione delicata
c. (contract, bet) → fare; (goods) → piazzare
to place an order with sb (for) → fare un'ordinazione a qn (di)
to place a book with a publisher → trovare un editore per un libro
to place sth in sb's hands → mettere qc nelle mani di qn
we could place 200 men → possiamo procurare lavoro a 200 uomini
d. (in exam, race) → classificare
to be placed second → classificarsi or piazzarsi al secondo posto
e. (recall, identify, person) → ricordarsi di; (face, accent) → riconoscere
I can't place him → non riesco a ricordarmi dove l'ho visto
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(pleis) noun
1. a particular spot or area. a quiet place in the country; I spent my holiday in various different places.
2. an empty space. There's a place for your books on this shelf.
3. an area or building with a particular purpose. a market-place.
4. a seat (in a theatre, train, at a table etc). He went to his place and sat down.
5. a position in an order, series, queue etc. She got the first place in the competition; I lost my place in the queue.
6. a person's position or level of importance in society etc. You must keep your secretary in her place.
7. a point in the text of a book etc. The wind was blowing the pages of my book and I kept losing my place.
8. duty or right. It's not my place to tell him he's wrong.
9. a job or position in a team, organization etc. He's got a place in the team; He's hoping for a place on the staff.
10. house; home. Come over to my place.
11. (often abbreviated to Pl. when written) a word used in the names of certain roads, streets or squares.
12. a number or one of a series of numbers following a decimal point. Make the answer correct to four decimal places.
1. to put. He placed it on the table; He was placed in command of the army.
2. to remember who a person is. I know I've seen her before, but I can't quite place her.
ˈplace-name noun
the name of a town, hill, valley etc.
go places
to be successful, especially in one's career. That young man is sure to go places.
in the first/second etc place
expressions used to show steps in an argument, explanation etc. He decided not to buy the house, because in the first place it was too expensive, and in the second place it was too far from his office.
in place
in the proper position; tidy. He left everything in place.
in place of
instead of. We advise discussion in place of argument; John couldn't go, so I went in his place.
out of place
1. not suitable (to the occasion etc). His clothes are quite out of place at a formal dinner.
2. not in the proper position; untidy. Although he had had to run most of the way, he arrived with not a hair out of place.
put oneself in someone else's place
to imagine what it would be like to be someone else. If you put yourself in his place, you can understand why he is so careful.
put (someone) in his/her place
to remind (someone), often in a rude or angry way, of his lower social position, or lack of importance, experience etc.
take place
to happen. What took place after that?
take the place of
to be used instead of, or to be a substitute for. I don't think television will ever take the place of books.
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مَكان, مَكَان, يَضَع místo, umístit placere, plads, sted Ort, Platz, stellen θέση, τοποθετώ, τόπος colocar, lugar asettaa, paikka endroit, placer mjesto, staviti collocare, luogo, posto 場所, 置く ...을 ...에 놓다, 장소 plaats, plaatsen plass, plassere, sted miejsce, umieścić colocar, local, lugar класть, место placera, plats ตำแหน่ง, วางไว้ในตำแหน่ง, สถานที่ yer, yerine, yerleştirmek chỗ, đặt, nơi chốn 位置, 地方, 放置
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n. lugar, sitio;
in ___ ofen ___ de;
v. colocar;
to put in ___colocar en su ___.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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n sitio, lugar m; vt colocar, poner, ubicar; (a patient) trasladar, mover, poner, arreglar dónde va a vivir (se aplica al paciente demasiado debilitado para quedarse en casa o para regresar a la casa tras una hospitalización); Place your hands on your hips..Coloque (Ponga) las manos en la cintura…Have you thought about placing your mother in a skilled nursing facility?..¿Ha pensado en poner a su mamá en un centro de enfermería especializada?
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References in classic literature ?
Therefore rough empirical generalizations have a definite place in science, in spite of not being exact of universal.
MEN in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state; servants of fame; and servants of business.
There remains to-day but a very imperceptible vestige of the Place de Grève, such as it existed then; it consists in the charming little turret, which occupies the angle north of the Place, and which, already enshrouded in the ignoble plaster which fills with paste the delicate lines of its sculpture, would soon have disappeared, perhaps submerged by that flood of new houses which so rapidly devours all the ancient façades of Paris.
There are six sorts of movement: generation, destruction, increase, diminution, alteration, and change of place.
"The old Morgan place up at the Glen is for sale," said Gilbert, apropos of nothing in especial.
They were at a loss what route to take, and how far they were from the ultimate place of their destination, nor could they meet in these uninhabited wilds with any human being to give them information.
It is right in the city, near the western gate; it and the place of the Crucifixion, and, in fact, every other place intimately connected with that tremendous event, are ingeniously massed together and covered by one roof--the dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
It came then to my turn to speak, and I told his worship that I was a stranger in London, being newly come out of the north; that I lodged in such a place, that I was passing this street, and went into the goldsmith's shop to buy half a dozen of spoons.
There will be a place for you in the baggage-wagon."
Only Count Orlov-Denisov with his Cossacks (the least important detachment of all) got to his appointed place at the right time.
In the little German watering-place to which the Shtcherbatskys had betaken themselves, as in all places indeed where people are gathered together, the usual process, as it were, of the crystallization of society went on, assigning to each member of that society a definite and unalterable place.
It was the golden end of afternoon as the coach stopped in front of the main hotel, The Golden Fortune; and for the benefit of any with not too long purses who shall hereafter light on Yellowsands, and be alarmed at the name and the marble magnificence of that delightful hotel, I may say that the charges there were surprisingly "reasonable," owing to one other wise provision of the young lord and master of that happy place, who had had the wit to realise that the nicest and brightest and prettiest people were often the poorest.