UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'place', 'Place': /ˈpleɪs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/pleɪs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(plās)
place/pleɪs/USA pronunciationn., v.,placed, plac•ing. n.
a particular portion of space:[countable]We visited a lot of places in Scotland.
space in general:[uncountable]The words in, on , and at are prepositions of time and place: in Russia; on 23rd Street; at 17 Lexington Avenue.
the portion of space occupied by a person or thing:[countable]The vase is in its usual place on the mantelpiece.
any part of a body, surface, or building; spot:[countable]the places on her arm where she had been bitten.
a particular part, page, or passage in a book or in writing:[countable]I must have lost my place; my bookmark is missing.
a space or seat for a person, as in a theater or line:[countable]She saved my place on line.
position or circumstances:[countable]I would complain if I were in your place.
a proper location or time:[countable]A restaurant is not a good place for an argument.
a job, position, or office:[countable]people in high places.
a function or duty:[countable; usually singular]It is not your place to offer criticism.
proper sequence or relationship, as of ideas or details:[uncountable]Everything fell neatly into place.
position or rank:[countable]America's place in the world.
a region or area:[countable]to travel to distant places.
[countable] an open space or square in a city or town.
a short street or court:[countable; usually singular;no article]They lived at 33 Park Place.
an area where people live:[countable]one of the most dangerous places in town at night.
a building, location, etc., set aside for a purpose:[countable]A church is a place of worship.
a building or apartment to live in:[countable]When can you come to our new place?
(used to introduce each one of a series or list of examples, details, etc.; preceded by a word indicating the order in the list):[countable; singular: in + the + a word indicating number or rank + ~]We're not voting for him for two reasons: in the first place, there's too much unemployment; in the second place, we don't trust him.
[countable; singular; after a word indicating number or rank] a position among the competitors in a contest, etc.:Who came in first place?
[uncountable][Sports.]the position of the competitor who comes in second, as in a horse race.
to put in the proper position or order; arrange:[~ + object]Place the silverware on the table.
to find a home, place, etc., for (a person):[~ + object]The foster home placed the orphan with a family.
to give (an order) to a supplier:[~ + object]I placed an order for 5000 diskettes.
to assign a certain position or rank to:[~ + object]I would place him among the top five physicists in the world.
to identify by connecting with the proper place, etc.:[~ + object]I'm having trouble placing your face. I can't quite place his accent.
Sport to finish second in a horse race:[no object]Their horse placed in the fourth race.
to earn a certain, stated standing, as in an examination or competition:[~ + a word indicating number or rank]He placed fifth in his class.
Idiomsgo places , to advance in one's career; succeed:He was really going places until that scandal knocked him out of politics.
Idioms, in place:
Idiomsin the correct position or order:Everything's back in place now that you've returned.
Idiomsin the same spot, without advancing or retreating:to jog in place.
Idiomsin place of,[~ +object] instead of:Use yogurt in place of sour cream.know or keep one's place, to behave according to one's rank, esp. if inferior:She acts like she's more important than she is; doesn't she know her place yet?
Idiomsout of place:
not in the correct position or order:These books and office records are all out of place.
unsuitable; inappropriate:Your remarks were out of place.
Idiomsplace in the sun,[countable; singular] a favorable position:finally earned his place in the sun after all those years of working behind the scenes.
Idiomsput someone in his or her place, to scold someone or remind someone of his or her position:That clever answer really put the questioner in his place.
take place, to happen; occur:A lot of things took place during your absence.