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place

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This page has 50 definitions of place with English translations in 9 languages. Place is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use place in a sentence are shown. Also define these 94 related words and terms: area, somewhere, open, space, particularly, city, square, market, courtyard, plaza, inhabited, village, town, any, earth, region, one, occupies, sit, live, home, formerly, country, estate, farm, skin, urinate, defecate, outhouse, lavatory, jakes, house of ease, little girls room, fight, battlefield, contested, ground, battle, location, position, particular, book, document, current, reader, passage, extract, rhetoric, topic, mind, chess, chessboard, responsibility, organization, role, purpose, station, contestant, competition, sports, team, fortified, fortress, citadel, walled, column, put, earn, remember, where, when, achieve, sing, pitch, recruit, match, job, place-kick, goal, plac, place, piazza, room, seat, placer, placeo, plăcea, îți, de, el, él, ella, usted, and tú.

English

Alternative forms

  • pleace (some English dialects: 18th–19th centuries; Scots: until the 17th century)

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English place, conflation of Old English plæse, plætse, plæċe (place, an open space, street) and Old French place (place, an open space), both from Latin platea (plaza, wide street), from Ancient Greek πλατεῖα (plateîa), shortening of πλατεῖα ὁδός (plateîa hodós, broad way), from Proto-Indo-European *plat- (to spread), extended form of *pleh₂- (flat). Displaced native Old English stōw. Compare also English pleck (plot of ground), West Frisian plak (place, spot, location), Dutch plek (place, spot, patch). Doublet of piatza, piazza, and plaza.

Noun

place (plural places)

  1. (physical) An area; somewhere within an area.
    1. An open space, particularly a city square, market square, or courtyard.
      • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV, scene iv
        Ay, sir, the other squirrel was stolen from me by the hangman's boys in the market-place
    2. (often in street names or addresses) A street, sometimes but not always surrounding a public place, square, or plaza of the same name.
      They live at Westminster Place.
    3. An inhabited area: a village, town, or city.
    4. Any area of the earth: a region.
      He is going back to his native place on vacation.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
        From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
    5. The area one occupies, particularly somewhere to sit.
      We asked the restaurant to give us a table with three places.
    6. The area where one lives: one's home, formerly (chiefly) country estates and farms.
      • 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch 2:
        My Lady Dedlock has been down at what she calls, in familiar conversation, her "place" in Lincolnshire.
      Do you want to come over to my place later?
    7. An area of the skin.
    8. (euphemistic slang) An area to urinate and defecate: an outhouse or lavatory.
    9. (obsolete) An area to fight: a battlefield or the contested ground in a battle.
    • Any definition
      To even the slightest extent, at all.
    • Occupies definition
      Third-person singular simple present indicative form of occupy
    • Sit definition
      To be in a position in which the upper body is upright and supported by the buttocks. (1 of 16 sit definitions)
    • Estate definition
      The collective property and liabilities of someone, especially a deceased person. (1 of 12 estate definitions)
    • Urinate definition
      To pass urine from the body.
    • Battlefield definition
      The area where a land battle is or was fought, which is not necessarily a field.
  2. A location or position in space.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene v]:
      In that same place thou hast appointed me,
      To-morrow truly will I meete with thee.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      What place can be for us / Within heaven's bound?
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 5, in Death on the Centre Court:
      By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.
  3. A particular location in a book or document, particularly the current location of a reader.
    • Book definition
      A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. (1 of 15 book definitions)
    • Document definition
      An original or official paper used as the basis, proof, or support of anything else, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information pertinent to such proof or support. (1 of 5 document definitions)
  4. (obsolete) A passage or extract from a book or document.
    • Passage definition
      Describing a bird that has left the nest, is living on its own, but is less than a year old. (commonly used in falconry)
  5. (obsolete, rhetoric) A topic.
  6. A frame of mind.
    I'm in a strange place at the moment.
  7. (chess, obsolete) A chess position; a square of the chessboard.
    • Chessboard definition
      The square board used in the game of chess, subdivided into eight rows of eight squares each, the squares in each row and column being of alternating colours. (1 of 2 chessboard definitions)
  8. (social) A responsibility or position in an organization.
    1. A role or purpose; a station.
      It is really not my place to say what is right and wrong in this case.
    2. The position of a contestant in a competition.
      We thought we would win but only ended up in fourth place.
    3. (horse-racing) The position of first, second, or third at the finish, especially the second position.
      to win a bet on a horse for place
    4. The position as a member of a sports team.
      He lost his place in the national team.
    • Station definition
      A stopping place.
      1. A regular stopping place for ground transportation. (1 of 24 station definitions)
  9. (obsolete) A fortified position: a fortress, citadel, or walled town.
    • Fortified definition
      simple past tense and past participle of fortify
  10. Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.
    three decimal places;  the hundreds place
  11. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding.
    That's what I said in the first place!
    • a. 1788, Mather Byles, quoted in The Life of James Otis by William Tudor
      In the first place, I do not understand politics; in the second place, you all do, every man and mother's son of you; in the third place, you have politics all the week, pray let one day in the seven be devoted to religion []
  12. Reception; effect; implying the making room for.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English placen, from the noun (see above).

Verb

place (third-person singular simple present places, present participle placing, simple past and past participle placed)

  1. (transitive) To put (an object or person) in a specific location.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.
    • 2013 May-June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200:
      Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— […]. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.
    He placed the glass on the table.
  2. (intransitive) To earn a given spot in a competition.
    The Cowboys placed third in the league.
    1. (intransitive, racing) To finish second, especially of horses or dogs.
      In the third race: Aces Up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars.
  3. (transitive) To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.
    I've seen him before, but I can't quite place where.
    • When definition
      At what time? At which time? Upon which occasion or circumstance? Used to introduce direct or indirect questions about time. (1 of 3 when definitions)
  4. (transitive, passive) To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.
    Run Ragged was placed fourth in the race.
  5. (transitive) To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.
  6. (transitive) To arrange for or to make (a bet).
    I placed ten dollars on the Lakers beating the Bulls.
  7. (transitive) To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.
    They phoned hoping to place her in the management team.
    • Match definition
      A competitive sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match. (1 of 11 match definitions)
  8. (sports, transitive) To place-kick (a goal).
    • Place-Kick definition
      Alternative form of placekick
Conjugation

Additional archaic forms include the second-person singular past tense placedst.

Synonyms
  • (to earn a given spot):
  • (to put in a specific location): deposit, lay, lay down, put down
  • (to remember where and when something or someone was previously encountered):
  • (passive, to achieve a certain position): achieve, make
  • (to sing (a note) with the correct pitch): reach
  • (to arrange for, make (a bet)):
  • (to recruit or match an appropriate person):
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Czech

Alternative forms

  • placu (locative singular)

Pronunciation

Noun

place

  1. vocative/locative singular of plac

Anagrams


French

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old French place, from Latin platea, from Ancient Greek πλατεῖα (plateîa).

Noun

place f (plural places)

  1. place, square, plaza, piazza
  2. place, space, room
  3. place, seat

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Descendants

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

place

  1. first/third-person singular present indicative of placer
  2. first/third-person singular present subjunctive of placer
  3. second-person singular imperative of placer

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Interlingua

Verb

place

  1. present of placer
  2. imperative of placer

Latin

Verb

placē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of placeō
    • Placeo definition
      i am pleasing or agreeable to; I please; I am welcome or acceptable; I satisfy

Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin platea.

Noun

place f (oblique plural places, nominative singular place, nominative plural places)

  1. place; location

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Polish

Pronunciation

Noun

place m inan

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative plural of plac

Romanian

Pronunciation

Verb

place

  1. second-person singular imperative of plăcea
  2. third-person singular present indicative of plăcea
    Îți place de el?Do you like him?
    • Îți definition
      to you
    • De definition
      from (operator), this is (operator)

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /ˈplaθe/, [ˈpla.θe]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /ˈplase/, [ˈpla.se]

Verb

place

  1. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of placer.
    • Él definition
      he
    • Ella definition
      she
  2. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of placer.
    • definition
      you, thou