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Definition of 'place'


  1. a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"
       Synonyms: topographic point spot
  2. any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
       Synonyms: property
  3. 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"
  4. a general vicinity; "He comes from a place near Chicago"
  5. the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"
       Synonyms: stead position lieu
  6. a particular situation; "If you were in my place what would you do?"
       Synonyms: shoes
  7. 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?"
       Synonyms: home
  8. a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
       Synonyms: position post berth office spot billet situation
  9. the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place"
       Synonyms: position
  10. proper or designated social situation; "he overstepped his place"; "the responsibilities of a man in his station"; "married above her station"
       Synonyms: station
  11. 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"
       Synonyms: seat
  12. the passage that is being read; "he lost his place on the page"
  13. proper or appropriate position or location; "a woman's place is no longer in the kitchen"
  14. a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"
       Synonyms: plaza piazza
  15. an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position"
       Synonyms: position
  16. a blank area; "write your name in the space provided"
       Synonyms: space blank space


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: put set pose position lay
  2. place somebody in a particular situation or location; "he was placed on probation"
  3. assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
       Synonyms: rate rank range order grade
  4. assign a location to; "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles"
       Synonyms: locate site
  5. to arrange for; "place a phone call", "place a bet"
  6. take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal; "Jerry came in third in the Marathon"
       Synonyms: come in come out
  7. 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"
       Synonyms: target aim direct point
  8. recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something; "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
       Synonyms: identify
  9. assign to (a job or a home)
  10. locate; "The film is set in Africa"
       Synonyms: set localize localise
  11. estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
       Synonyms: put set
  12. identify the location or place of; "We localized the source of the infection"
       Synonyms: localize localise
  13. make an investment; "Put money into bonds"
       Synonyms: invest put commit
       Antonyms: divest disinvest
  14. assign to a station
       Synonyms: station post base send
  15. finish second or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on number six to place"
  16. sing a note with the correct pitch

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