Definition of place in English:

place

noun

  • 1A particular position, point, or area in space; a location.

    ‘I can't be in two places at once’
    ‘the monastery was a peaceful place’
    ‘that street was no place for a lady’
    figurative ‘he would always have a special place in her heart’
    • ‘It's difficult to believe that such a peaceful place was the site of a massacre.’
    • ‘It's also at the centre of our metropolitan areas, the main streets, these great places that we once had in every town.’
    • ‘The Alice, one of the most remote places in the world, ought to have some kind of response to globalisation.’
    • ‘While working full-time at the BBC, I spent about four years flying to quite faraway places to film on location.’
    • ‘When I found out that 25,000 people lived there it just sounded like the biggest place in the world.’
    • ‘Big cities are intimidating places even when you speak the language and know where you're going.’
    • ‘As a result, Taiaroa Head is the only place in the world where albatrosses nest on a mainland.’
    • ‘Such a pessimistic view of a place once described as a paradise is unacceptable.’
    • ‘Training mostly occurs in remote places, in harsh climates and in environments that test the resolve of newcomers.’
    • ‘We usually name public places and spaces after the big shots or big donors.’
    • ‘One of the most peaceful places on earth is actually 15 metres underwater on the Great Barrier Reef.’
    • ‘Aberdeen, as a city and as a club, still have a big place in my heart.’
    • ‘Peace is wonderful and we should have more of it, but some of the most peaceful places on earth are cemeteries.’
    • ‘Well, I suppose it isn't one of the most remote places on Earth for nothing.’
    • ‘We became aware of the places between populated areas, aware of the spectrum of space.’
    • ‘Most nodded approvingly, for this region has a big place in the hearts of many Azeris.’
    • ‘This is the way in which his narrative speaks to actual locations and places discovered.’
    • ‘The paradigm of the open space as a public place must be promoted better across the country.’
    • ‘Residents say the area was once a peaceful place to live, but has been ruined by unruly youths.’
    • ‘The lane of Meimeili near the road was the place accommodating most comfort houses in this area.’
    location, site, spot, scene, setting, position, point, situation, area, region, whereabouts, locale
    town, city, village, hamlet
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    1. 1.1 A particular area on a larger surface.
      ‘he lashed out and cut the policeman's hand in three places’
      • ‘The course is tough, it is rough in places, it is challenging.’
      • ‘The surface had failed in places, and this had allowed grass and weeds to come through.’
      • ‘I also remember the last time I painted I used my hands in places.’
      • ‘Fringed in places by swaying palm trees, this usually quiet beach is an ideal spot to take in those last minute rays and a cooling dip.’
      • ‘A huge thing, the wreck was 380 ft long with a beam of 75, and in places comes within a metre or two of the surface.’
      • ‘The map of the city is frayed in places, and the box shipper should be at the worn blue door shortly.’
      • ‘It's serious and supposedly scary in places, but it's just so incredibly over-the-top that it loses all impact for me.’
      • ‘The fields are trying to dry - though there is still a lot of moisture in places.’
      • ‘Even now, although this land is being developed in places in the village, there are still vast areas left undeveloped.’
      • ‘The weather in Yorkshire was restricted to widespread rain which was heavy in places but there were no reports of the flash floods seen on Sunday.’
      • ‘Attention to road surfaces and footpaths is also required in places.’
      • ‘The writing itself is not flashy, nor is it overly inventive; actually it's quite plain in places.’
      • ‘He was never going to be happy on a surface that resembled a bog in places but he was the second Irish finisher in the junior event.’
      • ‘There was a good level of litter control the judges commented although some litter was noted along the roadway in places.’
      • ‘My jaw was broken in two places, and more than 16 pins were needed to wire my jaw in place.’
      • ‘A lot of heavy lorries use this road, and the surface is terrible in places.’
    2. 1.2 A building or area used for a specified purpose or activity.
      ‘the town has many excellent eating places’
      ‘a place of worship’
      • ‘They go to the Scarlet Bar, because of course it is the only place to eat lunch in Erinsborough.’
      • ‘That means you need to construct places for them to eat, sleep, have fun and spend their money.’
      • ‘Glasgow's reinvention is no more apparent than in the West End, which now has a string of very decent places to eat and trendy pubs.’
      • ‘Chaining communities to their places of ritual and worship does not create secular institutions.’
      • ‘The mayor granted the permit on the condition that the building did not serve as a place of worship.’
      • ‘Tourists look for good places to sleep and excellent places to eat.’
      • ‘Community centers, museums, and places of worship also might be used for this purpose.’
      • ‘Internet users all over the world will soon be able to go on a virtual tour of Heckmondwike, visiting shops, restaurants and places to stay.’
      • ‘It is also the location of many business places including food outlets.’
      • ‘Can our motorway service stations become stylish places to eat?’
      • ‘As soon as there is a demand for 50 or more child care places in a location, it plans to open a centre there.’
      • ‘They applied for Planning permission to use the building as a place of worship and I went to the public meeting.’
      • ‘There are huge pedestrian walk ways and squares with theatres, museums and places to eat and drink.’
      • ‘Some, such as Dona Ines, Restaurant Al Fonte and Pedros, are decidedly decent places to eat.’
      • ‘The Romans used their gardens very much as we do today, as a place for family activities.’
      • ‘On the way to the apartment Chris pointed out some good restaurants and places to eat.’
      • ‘On the whole then, restaurants are great places to eat in, but perhaps not that good as an investment.’
      • ‘Not only does it serve as a focal point for the community and a place of worship, it also helps keep the local economy moving.’
      • ‘What we have now is a splendid modern building, a place of worship and a resource centre for the whole community.’
      • ‘It was the centre of business activities and a meeting place for all religions.’
    3. 1.3informal A person's home.
      ‘what about dinner at my place?’
      • ‘After awhile we headed back to my place, where we watched some Family Guy until she had to go.’
      • ‘We finished our meal with a bottle of wine and went back to his place to watch anime dvds.’
      • ‘It turned out the man had several places in the big city, which surprised her quite a bit.’
      • ‘I spent a lot of time hanging out at their place and the books were always out in the open.’
      • ‘Now he is staying with friends, until his place is habitable once again.’
      • ‘I'm still nursing my head after a heavy night at my place with dinner guests.’
      • ‘I stayed over at his place last night after watching an episode of Buffy.’
      home, house, flat, apartment, a roof over one's head
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    4. 1.4 A point in a book or other text reached by a reader at a particular time.
      ‘I must have lost my place in the script’
      • ‘It's a great way to make your point but I was at a really good spot in my book and the shoes just made me lose my place.’
  • 2A portion of space designated or available for or being used by someone.

    ‘they hurried to their places at the table’
    ‘Jackie had saved her a place’
    • ‘As the fans took their places in the designated embankments and stands, the anticipation grew.’
    • ‘They took their places in the studio, but as the show unfolded the running order started to change.’
    • ‘The oarsmen were already seated at their places and were laughing and joking as they prepared to set to the oars.’
    • ‘As you couldn't reserve the table, it was up to you to arrive early for dinner to secure your place.’
    • ‘He had saved a place for him in the middle of the table and was guarding it diligently.’
    • ‘Just visit the pier any weekend, summer or winter, and you'll see the dive-school vans parked in their regular places.’
    • ‘So they said they would tell me when a place became available for me to sit until a table became available.’
    • ‘Grandfather was already in his place and Anna slid into the chair next to his.’
    • ‘Residents had to reserve places at dinner for themselves and their guests; missed meals would be charged to their accounts.’
    • ‘Forty places for cars are available in the underground car park under the supermarket.’
    • ‘Visitors need to book places at the cookery demonstrations.’
    • ‘I had to work, but my daughter went in my place and had dinner with the band.’
    • ‘There are house banners hanging from the ceiling over the designated places to sit.’
    seat, chair, position, space
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    1. 2.1 A vacancy or available position.
      ‘he was offered a place at Liverpool University’
      • ‘There is now a shortage of care home places throughout the country.’
      • ‘The children have been offered places at Sandal Primary in Baildon, or schools in Shipley, Menston and Guiseley.’
      • ‘It seems sad that men who have done such great work abroad are returning with no-one back home to fill their places.’
      • ‘City of York Council says it has lost 119 places in nursing and residential homes after closures in the past year.’
      • ‘Do universities need to do more to make sure that students who are rejected know why they have not been offered a place?’
      • ‘The facility has got off to a flying start with most of the places already filled.’
      • ‘Around the time of my diagnosis I had also been offered a place to study for an MPhil in philosophy.’
      • ‘Since 1997 they have also been allowed to offer similar places to eligible Australian students.’
      • ‘That child has been placed on the waiting list and will be offered a place as soon as one becomes available.’
      • ‘In England, undergraduate places have already been increased to help raise the number of new doctors.’
      • ‘Many of our parents are also fearful about the existing masts and some have already applied for places at other schools in the area.’
      • ‘This is because there is nowhere else for them to go, thanks to a severe shortage of places in care homes.’
      • ‘The growing shortage of care home places in the Forest means local pensioners who need long-term care often have to leave the area.’
      • ‘Seven sixth form students from Bootham School in York have been offered places to study at Cambridge or Oxford universities.’
      • ‘She has been offered a place by Education Bradford at Rhodesway but says her daughter has no friends there.’
      • ‘He has been offered places in assisted care homes in Boston Spa and Wakefield, but wants to stay near his family in York.’
      • ‘Students lucky enough to win one of the few places available here, feel sure they can make a living out of their work.’
      • ‘She has been offered a place to study politics and modern history at Oxford.’
      • ‘This in turn frees up the health services and places in residential care.’
      • ‘In the long-term, a significant increase in places at dental schools is also expected to try to plug a severe shortage of dentists.’
      job, day job, position, post, appointment, situation, office
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    2. 2.2 The regular or proper position of something.
      ‘she put the book back in its place’
      • ‘We really do not have a proper place to keep them, as anyone can plainly see in the photo.’
      • ‘She grabbed her weapons and gently placed them in the proper places around her black outfit.’
      • ‘In the end everything is neatly resolved and people are put in their proper place.’
      • ‘In particular, he wishes to restore the history of Irish womanhood to its proper place.’
      • ‘Normal service is now resumed, and all the images should be repointing to the proper place.’
      • ‘The cold, round meal tray is impassively in front, with two bowls and two pairs of chopsticks placed in their proper places.’
      • ‘I place my stuff onto the bed and put the items back to their proper places.’
      • ‘Holding it, she felt a sense of rightness, of things settling into their proper places.’
      • ‘Mark Gosche slips nineteen places from his 2002 ranking, reflecting his lack of profile.’
      • ‘Another great consequence of this process is that we begin again to discover our proper place in the universe.’
      • ‘In comes a calm, regionally balanced economy with the housing market in its proper place.’
      • ‘Even if such indicators are present, they are not placed at the proper places.’
      • ‘He placed the pendulum and ring back in their proper place and turned around to leave the room.’
      • ‘The French landscape artists of the mid-century are also accorded their proper place here.’
    3. 2.3 A person's rank or status.
      ‘occupation structures a person's place in society’
      • ‘It didn't matter that he had been insulted; as a Lowly, he had to learn to accept his place.’
      • ‘It does not matter where their place is in society as long as we give them an incentive to better themselves.’
      • ‘As teenagers continue to mature they begin to seek out their places in society.’
      • ‘To retain its influential place in Polish society, the church has to decide which way its future lies.’
      • ‘There's a mountain of work to be done if they are to get back their rightful place in senior ranks.’
      • ‘Any political action stepping outside their traditional place in society risked a backlash.’
      • ‘As an artist you will surely agree that it is the job of art continually to scrutinise and interrogate society and our place in it.’
      • ‘We allow it to consume us until it is not our place in the world that matters so much as how the outside world fits into what we think we have.’
      • ‘How did the cat regain its rightful place in society?’
      • ‘They have a place in this society, and mad leadership is not a thing that should prevail.’
      • ‘Know your place, and accept that you're going to remain there for the rest of your life.’
      • ‘People go to jail these days, and when they come out they blithely resume their place in society.’
      • ‘Do we simply accept our place at the back of the queue for funding, bracing ourselves for leaner times?’
      • ‘If you receive more cards than you send, your place in society is assured.’
      • ‘Addicts need to be shown that they have a place in society; that they have something to live for.’
      • ‘His obsession with place and status had brought his career to an ironic and tragic end.’
      • ‘To deny its rightful place in our society is to deny our past and to limit our future.’
      status, position, station, standing, grade, rank, footing, niche
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    4. 2.4usually with negative A right or privilege resulting from someone's role or position.
      ‘I'm sure she has a story to tell, but it's not my place to ask’
      • ‘He said it was not his place to defend his role, but that he had represented the family to the best of his ability.’
      • ‘A lot of people say I should take them off like my guests but it's not my place to do that.’
      • ‘But he said it was not his place to direct blame at a sole individual or establishment.’
      • ‘I will not judge any of them for it is not my place to judge the sins and virtues of my fellow man.’
      • ‘If you are a non-smoker it is not your place to tell others what they can and cannot do in a public place.’
      • ‘That guy had a massive impact on me and it was a huge reminder that it is not my place to judge the lives of others.’
      • ‘I don't know what to do, it's not my place to tell about you know what, but they expect me to.’
      • ‘It's not my place to speak on behalf of the RSA so you'll just have to wait for the full story.’
      • ‘He was reluctant to become involved in the issue, stating it was not his place to comment.’
      • ‘How could she even dare to become part of the very play itself when it was not her place?’
      • ‘It was not my place to make any statements about the status of it - it is not my band.’
      • ‘Obviously, the answer does not satisfy the member, but that is not my place as Speaker.’
      • ‘It was not my place to scorn myths, when some people thought they were nothing but stories told to children late at night.’
      • ‘He himself has kept his counsel this week, insisting that it is not his place to defend himself.’
      • ‘It was not my place to voice my opinion.’
      • ‘It's not my place to give advice on how artists should set themselves up.’
      • ‘I'm not going to go into any more details as it's not my place to discuss her personal life.’
      • ‘It's not my place to say anything, I suppose, because I derolled her a long while back.’
      responsibility, duty, job, task, role, function, part, concern, affair, mission, charge
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    5. 2.5 The role played by or importance attached to someone or something in a particular context.
      ‘the place of computers in improving office efficiency’
      • ‘All three have their important place in the law of torts, but the liability attached to them will differ.’
      • ‘I believe that there is indeed an important place for the type of care that general physicians provide.’
      • ‘Bulgaria will have an important place to play in any book that he writes about this.’
      • ‘Scrutiny by English Heritage experts is ensuring the listed building retains its place in history.’
      • ‘I think flood irrigation is going to have an important place here for a long time.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that she was childless, she held an important place on the island.’
      • ‘This is a remarkable work which gives him an important place in the history of probability.’
      • ‘The instruments soon gained a regular place in the orchestra as well as the military band.’
      • ‘I am sure that the book will find a place as a text in schools and at an introductory level in universities.’
      • ‘Does the independent press have an important place in literary life or is it little more than vanity publishing?’
      • ‘But if you obey and teach others its commands, you will have an important place in the kingdom.’
  • 3A position in a sequence or series, typically one ordered on the basis of merit.

    ‘his score left him in ninth place’
    • ‘Inevitably, the victory earned him the order of merit title, swapping places with Bradley who had captured it last year.’
    • ‘At the time, his side was ranked seven places and twelve-and-a-half points above the home team.’
    • ‘In Mexico this month, although seeded two, she lost to Carla who is ranked ten places below her.’
    • ‘If a driver changes his engine, he'll be moved back 10 places in the starting order.’
    • ‘Her opponent was ranked 16 places above her.’
    • ‘He dropped more than 50 Order of Merit places to 74th and managed only one top-ten finish.’
    • ‘The British number eight showed all his Yorkshire grit to beat a player ranked more than 200 places above him in the world.’
    • ‘The Peugeot drivers drove conservatively in order to maintain their places, finishing fifth and sixth on both stages.’
    • ‘Yet the site has risen by 10,000 places and is now ranked at 30,000 over the last 3 months.’
    • ‘They're the third group out, and their place in the running order reflects their chances.’
    • ‘He used the image of a guest at a banquet who chooses the lowest place in order to be seen being elevated to a higher one.’
    • ‘Apparently, these interruptions do not tend to occur at particular places in the sequence.’
    • ‘He may be occupying a place lower in the pecking order, but they started with far more purpose.’
    • ‘He is now a senior whip and is ranked seven places above the finance spokesperson.’
    • ‘The weight of an athlete's first lift determines their place in the starting order.’
    • ‘In Europe Ulster is still ranked 13 places ahead of Glasgow so the match promises to be a close one.’
    • ‘Despite being ranked more than 850 places below his opponent, he is settling well and holds serve to 15.’
    1. 3.1British Any of the first three or sometimes four positions in a race (used especially of the second, third, or fourth positions).
      • ‘He has an impressive National record, with two second places, a third and a fourth but has yet to capture the big prize itself.’
      • ‘For all these reasons the second, third and fourth places could make interesting reading.’
      • ‘In qualifying we clinched the pole position, and in the race, second and third places.’
      • ‘How we roared, jumping in anticipation of a well earned place at the finish.’
      • ‘However, the battle for the third and fourth places is very close.’
      • ‘Not only did Max lose his third place, he even jeopardized his participation in the second race.’
      • ‘He made a good start to the season with four second places in the Peter Craven Memorial meeting at Kirkmanshulme Lane last Monday.’
      • ‘Pole position and a second place in the race made a great weekend for him and for the whole team.’
      • ‘He beats them into second and third places.’
      • ‘He had a good trip to Solihull, having a first place and champion at the Heritage besides second, third and fourth places.’
      • ‘He wasn't actually hunting the lead, as a second place at the end of the race would have been fantastic for him.’
      • ‘He had a first and two second places at Mallory Park, a third and fourth at Cadwell Park and second, third and fourth at Snetterton.’
      • ‘The Team Eurotech Porsche finished the race in third place.’
      • ‘He brought the car in on lap 90 for fuel and resumed his race in third place.’
      • ‘His finishes include tied for second, tied for sixth, tied for third and a second place in 2001.’
      • ‘Brian has raced around the UK and Europe for many years and won more than 50 races with 35 second places.’
      • ‘The only competition in the Scottish game these days involves the one-legged race for third place.’
      • ‘Kim Young was in second place after the third round but finished the final fourth round at four over par.’
      • ‘Both swimmers recorded good times, with Louis taking another second place and Sam third.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, with two wins and two second places in his last four tournaments, he remains favourite to capture the money title.’
    2. 3.2North American The second position, especially in a horse race.
      • ‘He comes in after a monster effort last time out that only ended in a place showing.’
    3. 3.3 The degree of priority given to something.
      ‘accurate reportage takes second place to lurid detail’
      • ‘Beauty and history usually takes second place to money and progress (if you want to call it that).’
    4. 3.4 The position of a figure in a series indicated in decimal or similar notation, especially one after the decimal point.
      ‘calculate the ratios to one decimal place’
      • ‘Our future discoveries must be looked for in the sixth place of decimals.’
      • ‘In their rush to smile for the cameras, someone apparently bumped a decimal point six places to the right.’
      • ‘Convert the decimal to a percentage by moving the decimal point two places to the right.’
      • ‘It's being asked because the figures are miniscule, going from two to four places of decimals.’
  • 4in place names A square or short street.

    ‘the lecture theatre is in New Burlington Place’
    • ‘Thieves had forced the door on his unit in Birkett's Place, More-cambe, and fled with the expensive tools.’
    • ‘A Requiem Mass will be said at St Wilfrid's Roman Catholic Church, Duncombe Place, York, at noon on Saturday.’
    • ‘Take place every Tuesday night in the Community Services Centre, Stanhope Place at 8pm.’
    • ‘The first phase would involve Duncombe Place, Walmgate, Lendal, Blake Street and Stonebow.’
    • ‘In a cul-de-sac in Howth village, 5 St Mary's Place is a refurbished double-fronted period home with a smart interior.’
    • ‘Nowadays, he also has a city centre home on Ely Place, just off St Stephen's Green in Dublin.’
    • ‘A memorial was erected to her in St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square, London.’
    • ‘On the west pavement at 7 Croall Place is Borland's Darts and Television Emporium.’
    • ‘Located at 15 Westland Place, Fifteen is just a short walk from Old Street Tube station.’
    • ‘Bourque and other Dunsany Place residents remain unconvinced their calls for help were answered as efficiently as possible.’
    • ‘The Second World War Experience Centre has moved from York Place in Leeds to Feast Field, off Town Street in Horsforth, Leeds.’
    • ‘She, who lives at Clashrea Place, is daughter of Jack and Teresa from the Lacken Road.’
    • ‘He arrived in Britain from Jamaica in 1997 and later settled in Kimberley Place, Harehills, Leeds.’
    • ‘St Catherine's Place in Kirkwall was closed for a time yesterday morning after a property was seriously damaged by last night's strong winds.’
    • ‘Welcome home to Tony, Dominic Place, who is home after a spell in Waterford Regional Hospital.’
    • ‘One such scene is captured near York Minster, in Duncombe Place.’
    • ‘Have you ever seen the snapshot of Christie at 10 Rillington Place?’
    • ‘We parked in the car park opposite York Theatre Royal in St Leonard's Place.’
    • ‘I have slept in a shed behind St. Bridget's Place a few times, and behind the priest's house.’
    • ‘After six years it has moved from Tower Street to a new home at Brackenhill, in St George's Place, close to York Racecourse.’
    • ‘Welcome home to Maura, Griffith Place, who is home after a recent stay in Waterford Regional Hospital.’
    1. 4.1 A country house with its grounds.
      • ‘Foots Cray Place was the home of the one-time Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nicholas Vansittart, Lord Bexley.’
      • ‘Grove Place was the home of John de la Grave in 1296.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Put in a particular position.

    ‘a newspaper had been placed beside my plate’
    • ‘Instead, each village was assigned a number and then placed randomly on the list.’
    • ‘These need a lot of space and must not be placed in a windy position.’
    • ‘A recent Sunday newspaper placed Heywood Gardens at Ballinakill in Kilkenny.’
    • ‘When everyone has their train in place, each player in turn places tile on the end of trains according to these rules.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the patient may be placed in the supine position for the abdominal prep.’
    • ‘Patients may be placed in unnatural positions for several hours during surgery.’
    • ‘He grabs her off her horse and places her upside down across his lap.’
    • ‘Instead, it will be placed in an upright position next to the speaker.’
    • ‘Place on a large serving plate and cut into small squares.’
    • ‘The Queen gestured to a tray that had been placed beside the bed filled with all sorts of food.’
    • ‘The plates may be placed in the refrigerator until ready to serve.’
    • ‘When they sat down to eat, he placed himself beside her and strove to engage most of her attention.’
    • ‘To speed cooling divide into smaller portions, place in shallow containers or stand in a tray of cold water.’
    • ‘The trap was then placed gently on the floor between the fridge and the stove.’
    • ‘The bacon rashers can be placed on a heat-proof plate and put back in the oven to finish cooking till all the fat has melted and there are just very crisp bits left.’
    • ‘It's a new step for him that, for once, places mood and atmosphere ahead of the riffs.’
    • ‘Her mouth began to water at the sight of the ham and eggs, and she placed some on her plate.’
    • ‘Electrode pairs can be placed at various positions on the body to yield information about the status of the heart.’
    • ‘Yesterday the memorial was roped off, and a wreath had been placed beside it.’
    • ‘I crossed my legs and placed myself beside him on the bed, the mattress sinking a little under weight.’
    put down, put, set, set down, lay down, deposit, position, plant, rest, stand, sit, settle, station, situate, leave, stow, prop, lean
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    1. 1.1 Cause to be in a particular situation.
      ‘enemy officers were placed under arrest’
      ‘you are not placing yourself under any obligation’
      • ‘There, he may be placed under formal investigation for drugs offences - a step that would be one short of a formal charge.’
      • ‘So countries generally try very hard to avoid being placed in that position.’
      • ‘She not only placed herself in the position of telling lies, but endangered the lives of children for personal gain.’
      • ‘And I did understand that I was being placed in a position that I could no longer be with my family.’
      • ‘Despite evidence that placing myself in the position of a finger-wagging instiller of high principles didn't work, it was impossibly hard to avoid.’
      • ‘However, the board's decision has placed Robson and the senate in a very difficult position.’
      • ‘Italy will be favourites but I feel we've placed ourselves in a position to compete well with them.’
      • ‘The police apologised to me for the position in which I had been wrongly placed.’
      • ‘She appeared before a judge in Grasse on Saturday and was placed under investigation for murder.’
      • ‘He told her how he had been suddenly placed in a position of terrible difficulty, from which neither honour nor duty would allow him to recede.’
      • ‘Hence, they are resolute in not placing themselves in a position of having to acquiesce to another agreement hammered out by the rich countries.’
      • ‘Lecturers have been placed in the position where they are not so much leaders as followers of their students.’
      • ‘Whether you are relying on the kindness of friends, relatives or strangers, you are placing yourself in a position of dependence rather than independence.’
      • ‘I will be placed in the position of needing to teach somebody to be able to have someone to practice with.’
      • ‘However, our cricket authorities and players should never have been placed in this position by the Government.’
      • ‘Every time a player is forced into or places himself in a position of having to rely on raw strength he is at a detriment.’
      • ‘Furthermore, you are placing yourself in a position in which your own participation in worship will be less than desirable for your personal edification and for the good of all.’
      • ‘A prisoner may not be placed in a situation that can endanger him or her or otherwise result in physical or other harm.’
      • ‘Whether or not they realize it, they have been placed in an incredible position of historic responsibility.’
      • ‘He was placed under formal investigation, a step short of being charged.’
    2. 1.2 Allocate or assign (an abstract quality) to something.
      ‘they place a great deal of emphasis on positive thought’
      • ‘It is for this reason that Chinese society places such strong emphasis on the honour and obedience one owes to one's parents.’
      • ‘How much emphasis has been placed on qualitative research methodology as opposed to its application?’
      • ‘The lack of importance the industry places on instruction also is holding it back, he says.’
      • ‘To attain these goals, emphasis must be placed on the quality of training of teachers at the primary and secondary levels.’
      • ‘He also places some importance on the first line his character speaks, in order to gauge the type of person he is.’
      • ‘Why is it that society places so much emphasis on how you spend this one day?’
      • ‘The album showcases the importance the band places on rhythm over pure volume.’
      • ‘The values that individuals or society place on different outcomes may change over time.’
      • ‘The Irish education system is noted for its high rates of participation and the high value society places on it.’
      • ‘His argument places too much importance on what is essentially a phantom text.’
      • ‘Thus this theory places little importance on the effects of individual dispositions on cognitive appraisal.’
      • ‘I give both of them a high five for placing quality of life over signing for top dollar.’
      • ‘He also objects to the conceptual limits society places on writers or that writers place on themselves.’
      • ‘Far from rejecting male and female aspects, it places prime importance on them.’
      • ‘The mindset devalues images and places words in a privileged relation to truth.’
      • ‘One thing you cannot help notice is the importance they places on singles.’
      • ‘It also places more importance on high pitching moments at high speeds, and less on the ones at low speeds.’
      • ‘It illustrates the political pressures that have been placed on some American intelligence experts.’
      • ‘Now the right to down a pint has been placed on an equal footing with human rights such as freedom of expression by a Scottish council.’
      • ‘We have placed all of our trust in our concept of ourselves, and withdrawn our trust from experience.’
      put, lay, set, pin, invest
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    3. 1.3be placed Have a specified degree of advantage or convenience as a result of one's position or circumstances.
      with infinitive ‘the company is well placed to seize the opportunity’
      • ‘Again, the local authority is best placed to identify and deal with such problems.’
      • ‘I informed him that Time would be prepared to transfer the licences but he was best placed to identify potential purchasers.’
      • ‘He was best placed to take advantage and went on to win from Charlie with McAlpin third.’
      • ‘Although we operate throughout the UK, it is our staff who are best placed to identify needs within their communities.’
      • ‘I have come to the conclusion that the Conservative who is best placed to offer a new Tory idealism is David.’
      • ‘As the dust settles we are now a little better placed to identify those businesses that are likely to benefit from the Internet revolution.’
      • ‘He, with his rugged good looks and background, was ideally placed to take advantage of this trend.’
      • ‘As a qualitative research scientist, he is ideally placed to examine the differences.’
      • ‘Second, it would be up to him, as the lawyer, to be best placed to identify a conflict.’
      • ‘It is surely the case that in 2006 we are better placed to deal with a pandemic than in 1918.’
      • ‘And the corollary is that people on the ground are best placed to deal with the complexity of pastoral need.’
      • ‘He thinks that Britain is uniquely placed to exploit the advantages of its genetic diversity.’
      • ‘It is better placed to reach out to the majority of the people in the community and many are ready to listen to their church leaders.’
      • ‘Each sector is now appropriately placed to take advantage of the developments in the industry in which it operates.’
      • ‘Its employees must be better placed than most to pay parking charges.’
      • ‘They are best placed to explain the events leading to McCreevy's funding decision.’
  • 2Find a home or employment for.

    ‘the children were placed with foster-parents’
    • ‘The children, as many as nine according to some reports, have been placed in foster homes.’
    • ‘She added that the council would like to improve services in the community so fewer children needed to be placed in secure accommodation.’
    • ‘Taken into the care of the London Borough of Newham, he was placed with a foster family in Mayland.’
    • ‘He was taken into care before being placed with foster parents.’
    • ‘It also oversees the care of more than 100 orphans who have been placed with foster families.’
    • ‘Its overall objective is to employ, train and place individuals in the wider workplace in Wiltshire.’
    • ‘In Greenwich there are over 300 children of all ages and from all sections of the community who need to be placed with foster carers.’
    • ‘These puppies need to be placed in foster homes for approximately one year.’
    • ‘If there is no partner or willing family older children will be placed in foster care.’
    • ‘In order to prevent children from being tortured, they can be temporarily placed in a foster home.’
    • ‘In the same vein, the entity charged with placing redundant workers into employment, has not improved.’
    • ‘Parents and leaders are best placed to impact positively on children.’
    • ‘Most, though, were placed with foster parents around the country, where the level of care varied enormously.’
    • ‘The family made the decision not to contact police until she gave birth to a baby girl, who was immediately placed with foster parents.’
    • ‘Through this work, forty children have been placed in adoptive and foster homes.’
    • ‘The teenager, from Darwen, had been placed with foster carers by Blackburn with Darwen Council social services.’
    • ‘They have been placed in foster care, with the expectation she will be reunited with them when she is able to cope.’
    • ‘Every minute that passed signified a smaller chance that they'd be placed on temp assignments for the day.’
    • ‘It is only those workers whose market wage is below the minimum wage who are placed in employment jeopardy.’
    • ‘Psychologists said the child, who was immediately placed in foster care, would suffer long-term trauma.’
    find employment for, find a job for
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    1. 2.1 Dispose of (something, especially shares) by selling to a customer.
      ‘the shares were placed last November’
      • ‘Later that month a further 350,000 ordinary shares were placed at £3 per ordinary share.’
      • ‘It has raised €2.8 million by placing 3.4 million shares at 82 cent each.’
      • ‘Through that backdoor listing deal, it has booked a HK $309 million profit from placing Dong Fang Gas shares.’
      • ‘Analysts on Friday predicted the shares would be placed at a significant discount.’
      • ‘It also plans to raise €8 million by placing over 53 million shares, which he has committed to buy if no new investors emerge.’
      • ‘The electrical company is now thinking of either spinning off shares of Legrand to shareholders or placing an initial public offering of Legrand shares.’
      • ‘He raised some $1 billion by placing PCCW shares and plans to borrow $11 billion from banks.’
      • ‘It has been chosen to serve as the investment intermediary in placing the shares on the stock exchange.’
      • ‘"The controlling shareholder is placing the shares before the deal is completed, " he said.’
      • ‘The technology company raised HK $27 million by placing 96.43 million shares.’
      • ‘The shares were placed with institutions at 185p, following heavy oversubscription.’
      • ‘In effect, this means that if there is any difficulty in placing the shares, he and his associates will put up the money.’
      • ‘Other sources have placed the opposition's share of popular support at 12 per cent.’
    2. 2.2 Arrange for the recognition and implementation of (an order, bet, etc.)
      ‘they placed a contract for three boats’
      • ‘In the meantime, users can be assured their information is in a safe place, and orders can be placed securely.’
      • ‘Anyone driving around in such a thing must have placed his or her order long before they knew how much it would cost, how fast it would go and how much space there was in the boot.’
      • ‘They started at the end of January when my mother placed her Christmas card orders with the reps.’
      • ‘However bad the odds against us seem, the odds against placing this bet at all are even higher.’
      • ‘At the Crown Prosecution Service in Harrogate, a spokeswoman said that an interim hospital order had been placed on Payling.’
      • ‘If an offer, will CostPlus be in breach of contract in attempting to increase the price after Philip has placed an order?’
      • ‘Over three days they will be placing orders for the spring and summer range for 2004.’
      • ‘So many people were going out to the track, pouring over the program, and placing their ‘sure bets.’’
      • ‘Orders can be placed until mid April and will be ready in early May.’
      • ‘If any invoice was sent without an order having been placed, this would be in breach of the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act.’
      • ‘The contract has been placed in the hands of Alfred McAlpine Construction.’
      • ‘‘They were placing Christmas orders mostly but also some for spring 2004 for the bigger customers,’ he said.’
      • ‘If the contractor asks for money to buy materials, make sure the order has been placed.’
      • ‘These were now being examined and the contract would be placed shortly.’
      • ‘Union bosses called on the Government to give a greater commitment to UK aerospace and shipbuilding industries when placing publicly funded orders.’
      • ‘Check with the manufacturer for the exact amount when placing your order.’
      • ‘This time at a lower register which is both more commanding and better suited to an auditory range ruined by years placing bets at the dog track at Concreton.’
      • ‘Further complicating the effort was the process for placing something on contract.’
      • ‘But everyone who has placed such an order should be getting their copies shortly.’
      • ‘Sainsbury's this month confirmed it had placed its highest ever order for fair trade cotton.’
    3. 2.3 Order or obtain a connection for (a telephone call) through an operator.
      ‘she placed a call to her husband to break the news’
      • ‘A precedent has been set that thuggish bigots can dictate who plays in a football match by placing one threatening telephone call to the BBC.’
      • ‘The Upper Arlington Fire Division placed a call for a NAS-T Fire Investigation response.’
      • ‘Sometimes people living in the same city prefer to keep in touch with each other through e-mail or text-messaging rather then meeting in person or placing a phone call.’
  • 3 Identify or classify as being of a specified type or as holding a specified position in a sequence or hierarchy.

    ‘a survey placed the company 13th for achievement’
    • ‘Hampshire was placed 31st in a table of the nation's 140 education authorities.’
    • ‘If that survey is correct, democrat Wong, who is placed fourth on the group list, may miss out.’
    • ‘The annual survey placed Egg, HSBC and Nationwide in the top three spots.’
    • ‘On Monday, RSF issued its second World Press Freedom rankings, placing Ivory Coast 137th out of 166 countries.’
    • ‘Editing is the process of creating meaning horizontally along a timeline from beginning to end, by placing and sequencing images next to each other in a specific order.’
    • ‘She also places Linnaeus in the context of his family's religious tradition.’
    • ‘Frequently, however, it was difficult to determine where in the natural hierarchy a creature should be placed.’
    • ‘In that survey Portlaoise was placed 18th in the league and deemed moderately littered.’
    rank, order, put in order, grade, group, arrange, sort, class, classify, categorize
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    1. 3.1with object, usually with negative Be able to remember or identify (someone or something)
      ‘she eventually said she couldn't place him’
      • ‘Still, I couldn't place her but even her clothing, a worn leather jacket and a red knit scarf, had a certain familiarity.’
      • ‘Listeners are invited to take part in an audio game in which they must identify and place the sounds they hear.’
      • ‘His words that morning had placed him in her mind, and she prayed for his safety as the wall began to crumble.’
      identify, recognize, remember, put one's finger on, put a name to, pin down, locate, pinpoint
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    2. 3.2be placedBritish Achieve a specified position in a race.
      ‘he was placed eleventh in the long individual race’
      • ‘In fact it seems the visit to Carlow may have done just the trick for Brian who last Sunday moved up in the ranks to be placed fourth!’
      • ‘The Airmen showed vast improvement unlike in the league when they failed to show up to be placed last in the league.’
      • ‘He was placed in the second place and he sang My Son and Winter's Tale.’
      • ‘Singapore, who were placed third in the previous championship, are also unbeaten.’
      • ‘He was placed third in last year's championship, hosted by the Jagorawi Golf Club near Bogor.’
      • ‘The Open Door Group was placed second with the play in Palmerstown and third in the Dunamaise Theatre.’
      • ‘In the second division he is placed on top only one game ahead of Alstonville.’
      • ‘He took part in the go-cart races in Dubai with the Sri Lanka team and was placed sixth.’
      • ‘He is one of the five kids who represented India in the junior category and was placed third in the overall category.’
      • ‘Sri Lanka is placed third in the Under-19, while the seniors, fifth in the Asian region.’
      • ‘Going by common sense, any one would agree that players should be placed depending on the number of points scored by them.’
      • ‘The two horses had been nicely placed throughout the race with the favourite Our Vic being led down by some poor jumping.’
      • ‘He was also placed fourth in the individual race whilst she was third in the Year 8 girls' race.’
      • ‘At the inter-house meet that year he won the javelin and putt shot events and was placed third in the discus.’
      • ‘He has won twenty-four of these races and has been placed between second and fourth in the others.’
      • ‘To date he has been placed third in a race and looks forward to the day when he rides his first winner.’
      • ‘City of Lusaka may have an easy game over Nampundwe who have not done well this season and are placed fourth on the table.’
      • ‘Ilkley also had enough to make up a team that was placed a respectable 17th out of 67.’
      • ‘Runner-up on Friday was Charlie while he was placed third.’
    3. 3.3no object Be among the first three or four in a race (or the first three in the US)
      ‘he won three times and placed three times’
      ‘the horse, Bahuddin, was not placed at Lingfield’
      • ‘He has won four of 13 starts, placing in seven other races, and has earned $190,190.’
      • ‘The Claiborne Farm homebred has won four times and placed twice in six starts on the grass.’
      • ‘Though her piece wasn't chosen as the cover, she said placing among the finalists inspired her to explore her talent.’
      • ‘Other German horses such as Silvano, Boreal and Paolini have all won or been placed in some of the world's biggest races over the past year.’
      • ‘He has won four Grade 1 races and placed in three others while racing in the United States.’
      • ‘A top-class swimmer and cross-country runner as a junior, she won the London Triathlon in 2001 and is now placing consistently well in World Cup events.’
      • ‘Flat Top has since made 16 starts over the jumps, winning eight races and placing in five others for Gerry.’
      • ‘The eight-year-old horse has run 20 times and has won two races and been placed seven times.’
      • ‘Prior to the win on Sunday, Warrsan had not placed in four starts this season.’
      • ‘A total of 12 Super Bowl winners have placed among the top five in offense or defense.’
      • ‘He recovered to develop into one of the best of his generation at three, winning three of 11 starts and placing in five other races.’
  • 4Rugby American Football
    Score (a goal) by a place kick.

    • ‘Both teams had great difficulty in scoring from play with nearly all the scores coming from placed balls.’
    • ‘He shot Tinryland's early second half score from a placed ball.’
    • ‘He sent in a large range goal from a placed ball in the fifth minute.’
    • ‘Like a schoolboy target shooting, Thompson placed another goal into the opposite corner three minutes from the end.’

Phrases

  • all over the place

    • 1informal Everywhere.

      ‘we've been all over the place looking for you’
      1. 1.1In a disorganized or confused state.
        ‘the government is all over the place on this’
  • give place to

    • Be succeeded or replaced by.

      ‘the farmlands gave place to bare, scree-covered slopes’
      ‘anarchy eventually gave place to patrician capitalism’
      • ‘The present school-house will soon give place to a more extensive and pretentious one, to be built on a more elevated situation.’
      • ‘It is tempting to speculate that deactivation of COPI by some photoreceptors could help signalling via other photoreceptors giving place to synergistic effects.’
      • ‘Comradeship gives place to a chastened individuality.’
      • ‘Among countries bordering the Indian Ocean and a seismically dangerous hinterland, distrust must give place to collaboration.’
      • ‘The concept of charity thus gives place to that of justice.’
      • ‘By the 1930s, however, these approaches were already giving place to a very different estimate of the play's artistic success.’
      • ‘Undefined intuitions and feelings give place to clear, definite ideas.’
      • ‘Whatever he was doing, he contrived to give place to the contrary pattern.’
      • ‘Opportunistic approaches should give place to strategic approaches that are firmly rooted in sustainable business practices.’
      • ‘Plows had to give place to politics for the next four years, so it was not until the end of 1793, when he was on the brink of retirement from George Washington's cabinet, that Jefferson took measures to test his theory.’
  • go places

    • 1informal Travel.

      • ‘Often it is because more people are travelling on the roads, going places and doing things, and not always concentrating on the job of driving but focussing on their destination and what they will do when they get there.’
      • ‘I was the one who wanted to do all the travelling, go places, instead I'm stuck here watching the pennies and getting over-excited cos they're putting a Diagnosis Murder film on Friday.’
      • ‘She wore the trendiest clothes, went places just to be seen and had an infectious laugh.’
      • ‘While most rely on experiences of colleagues, who have gone places last summer, some do indeed plan their own vacation.’
      • ‘Soon they'll be retired and I thought that was the point of being retired - to be able to travel, visit family, go places they hadn't had time to visit while employed.’
      • ‘I get to go places because I travel with my dad sometimes.’
      • ‘If I had to do it over again I would go places, do things, and travel lighter.’
      • ‘We have gone places together, like the interchurch women's gathering in Guelph, Ecumenical Decade: Churches in Solidarity with Women.’
      • ‘We met in each others homes, went places together, prayed with each other, called each other and encouraged each other.’
      • ‘With an entourage of 65 members, including 10 women, he has been going places and giving performances, besides soliciting patronage to the art.’
      1. 1.1Be increasingly successful.
        ‘a pop star who's definitely going places’
        • ‘I'm not calling the board dishonest or anything but, the way it was run, this club was not going places.’
        • ‘With the crop of youngsters he is developing West Ham could be looking to go places but of course they will sell most of them and leave Harry scouring Europe again.’
        • ‘It shows Selby Town are really going places, building on the recent success of the teams.’
        • ‘For Gibb, the realisation that her career was beginning to go places, after years spent with scripts stuck in development hell, came this spring.’
        • ‘In other words, a big reason for the Heat's success is he has the players convinced they can go places if they focus on moving the ball, and mostly, being ultra-aggressive on defense.’
        • ‘We saw them in Barfly the other day, and they are definitely going places.’
        • ‘I can't help but feel that this band is definitely going places.’
        • ‘This is a leadership that is succeeding and a Conservative Party that is going places again.’
        • ‘‘This is one young kid who is definitely going places,’ said the Limerick Leader's television critic.’
        • ‘We know of him from his days at Barnsley when he was a young player who looked like he was going places.’
        thrive, prosper, bloom, be in good shape, be in good health, be well, be strong, be vigorous, be in its heyday
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  • in place

    • 1Working or ready to work; established.

      ‘contingency plans should be in place’
      ‘the rules which we shall put in place in the months ahead meet these criteria’
      • ‘Members voted against this in order to keep last year's car parking budget in place.’
      • ‘It was not until after these arrangements were in place that matters began to move forward.’
      • ‘Systems can also be put in place to starve a vehicle of fuel, bringing it to a slow halt.’
      • ‘So what contingency plans are in place in case the almost unimaginable were to happen?’
      • ‘A new government system for the auditing of public accounts has been in place for two years.’
      • ‘Several proposals have been considered, but as yet no feasible plans are in place.’
      • ‘Arrangements would be put in place to make sure he was kept away from patients who did not wish to see him.’
      • ‘He was due to be out on a course last week, so normal cover arrangements were in place.’
      • ‘Once my furnishings were in place and the draperies ordered it was too late to change my mind anyway.’
      • ‘It is hoped that a new model to calculate fees will be established and in place by next year.’
      ready, set up, established, arranged, in order, all set
      establish, set up, start, begin, get going, initiate, institute, form, found, create, bring into being, inaugurate, organize, lay the foundations of, build, construct, install, plant
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    • 2On the spot; not travelling any distance.

      • ‘Like hamsters on an exercise wheel, we ran in place, facing a long mirror and staring at ourselves.’
      in position, in situ
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  • in someone's place

    • In someone's position, situation, or circumstances.

      ‘I would not run for president if I were in his place’
      • ‘If I was in his place I would never play for the national team again.’
      • ‘They would do the same thing if they were in his place.’
      • ‘If I were in his place, I wouldn't rest until I showed every last one of them exactly what I was made of.’
      • ‘Had I been in her place, perhaps I would acted in a similar manner.’
      • ‘I'd have felt the same if I was in her place.’
      • ‘I guess if I were in her place I wouldn't rest so easy either.’
  • in place of

    • Instead of.

      ‘eat raisins in place of junk food desserts’
      • ‘In place of the Queen's crest on the front would be the 12 yellow stars of the European flag.’
      • ‘In place of traffic wardens, a team of 40 parking attendants now patrols our streets.’
      • ‘In place of high walls and legions of armed guards, security largely depended on a metal door with a padlock.’
      • ‘In place of regulations, guidance is likely to be issued to schools to follow before reaching a decision.’
      • ‘In place of a tune it has some sophisticated harmonies that complement intelligent lyrics.’
      • ‘In place of the advertised post there will be a short public information post.’
      • ‘In place of a glass of vintage claret, the normal refreshment was green tea at around four.’
      • ‘In place of jammed highways, the city will have an emerald necklace of parkland.’
      • ‘In place of scientific procedure we get a confusing display of theatricality.’
      • ‘In place of the spokes in all four wheels he inserted odd markings that read as blurs.’
      instead of, as an alternative for, rather than, as a substitute for, as a replacement for, in exchange for, in lieu of
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  • keep someone in his (or her) place

    • Keep someone from becoming presumptuous.

      • ‘He described that decision as ‘completely and utterly barmy’, adding: ‘Clearly, in retrospect, it was designed to overload her and switch her off because he wanted to keep her in her place.’’
      • ‘Despite his military accomplishments, which overshadow his own, it seems that the only thing most white Americans care about is putting and keeping him in his place.’
      • ‘As much as I love him, keeping him in his place on the show kept me on my toes.’
      • ‘She tolerated her more sociable brother with a grace that alternated between good and ill, occasionally battering him with an outstretched paw to keep him in his place.’
      • ‘His instincts implored him to edge forward, but the gunpowder barrels, whether full or not, kept him in his place.’
      • ‘The Prince loves her deeply, but he also wants to keep her in her place.’
      • ‘But she still wants to keep him in his place, because she knows who will replace her when she loses the next general election.’
      • ‘From his perspective this will just be another in a long run of attempts to keep him in his place by Downing Street.’
      • ‘Mom, however, pointed a judging finger at him and gave him the patented Mom-deathstare, which kept him in his place.’
      • ‘Forcefully taken away from this home, which probably never felt quite comfortable, she is now recreating it as a useless cage that keeps her in her place as an immigrant.’
  • out of place

    • 1Not in the proper position; disarranged.

      ‘not a hair was out of place in her painstakingly crimped coiffure’
      • ‘Toby adjusted the man's tie and fixed a hair that was out of place, patted him on the arm with a smile and walked away.’
      • ‘He is so suave he won't run for fear of getting a strand of hair out of place.’
      • ‘He simply implied that the chair was out of place and he moved it to where he thought it should be.’
      • ‘What seems more likely is that he is now so celebrated by the establishment that he is forgiven the odd pint or hair out of place.’
      • ‘Furniture was pushed out of place, walls spattered with teabag stains and the floor was covered in glitter.’
      • ‘She felt a sudden urge to straighten his curly brown hair where it had fallen out of place.’
      • ‘As she leaned her head down to drink her beverage a lock of hair fell out of place into her eyes.’
      • ‘Another girl decided she had to re-do her hair every time it fell out of place.’
      • ‘The young lady in the Range Rover emerges from the rest room with nary a hair out of place.’
      • ‘Not even a stand of hair was out of place, but that didn't surprise him with the amount of hair spray that she used.’
      out of position, out of order, in disorder, disarranged, in disarray, disorganized, in a mess, messy, topsy-turvy, muddled
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      1. 1.1In a setting where one is or feels inappropriate or incongruous.
        ‘the glamorous woman seemed radically out of place in the launderette’
        • ‘We were the ones out of place and I do the best I can to deal with it.’
        • ‘It looked so awkward and out of place up in the forest canopy, I was worried at any moment it might crash down on us.’
        • ‘While that works in a movie as unreal as Anchorman or Elf, it feels out of place in an alleged family comedy.’
        • ‘Snow wouldn't have been out of place and I remember always longing for a white Christmas.’
        • ‘Travelling alone, she looked entirely out of place among the skimpily dressed holidaymakers.’
        • ‘He said the distance from neighbouring properties was acceptable and the design of the new building would be out of place.’
        • ‘Many Scots-Italians feel slightly out of place in both countries, outsiders wherever they go.’
        • ‘His diving technique would certainly not be out of place in an Olympic pool.’
        • ‘The neat and professionally dressed men looked out of place in the homey messy surroundings.’
        • ‘I wouldn't call the new shelters ugly, but they certainly look out of place.’
        inappropriate, unsuitable, unseemly, improper, untoward, inapposite, out of keeping, unbecoming, unfit, misplaced, wrong
        incongruous, out of one's element, like a fish out of water, uncomfortable, ill at ease, uneasy
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  • a place in the sun

    • A position of favour or advantage.

      • ‘Farnhill is moving towards becoming a modern village steeped in tradition and respectful of the diverse needs of residents and guests who we will look forward to welcoming in our delightful rural hillside place in the sun.’
      • ‘The artists are ‘upstarts,’ fighting for a place in the sun, unafraid to confront or even elbow aside their elders.’
      • ‘The Minstermen deserve their current place in the sun and with so many positives to come from Saturday's showing who's to say it won't last beyond the end of summer.’
      • ‘Of course, the big silver symbol of hurling success was conspicuous by its absence but, judging from the comments made on stage, one can take for certain that Cork will reclaim their place in the sun as fast as is humanly possible.’
      • ‘It is easy to imagine them patting she on the back for finding her own place in the sun.’
      • ‘Perhaps he really was only seeking what he sometimes said he was - the return of territory, the unification of the Germanic peoples, a place in the sun - and not world conquest.’
      • ‘He genuinely didn't expect this last chance at a place in the sun.’
      • ‘Eventually, many other middle-income countries will have their place in the sun at the expense of the entire continent.’
      • ‘Meanwhile he enjoyed his place in the sun.’
      • ‘Since its place in the sun over a decade ago, it has transformed from a cultural wasteland into a vibrant, exciting destination attracting 20 times the number of tourists it used to.’
  • put oneself in another's place

    • Consider a situation from another's point of view.

      ‘put yourself in her place—she's got a lot to cope with’
      • ‘It was round about now in 1997 that I was going through exactly the same process as these new applicants, but I'm finding it very difficult to put myself in their place.’
      • ‘We've got children of our own and I've tried to put myself in their place - I can't imagine how they must feel.’
      • ‘I put myself in the mother 's place and I feel the heartache of not just losing a child, but knowing that I was in some way to blame.’
      • ‘I know Ministers have a lot of paperwork but put yourself in her place.’
      • ‘When you know someone in the injured player's family, the tragedy is brought closer to ‘home’, magnified if you like, and you begin to put yourself in the player's place.’
      • ‘Where's the understanding or sympathy for the desperate plight of other humans beings, and the willingness to put ourselves in their place?’
      • ‘I often find myself, both in this blog and in real life, asking people (particularly childless ones) to put themselves in my place before judging me too harshly.’
      • ‘He puts himself in their place before making any decisions affecting them.’
      • ‘If you put yourself in their place, and think what you would have done in the circumstances, you might have brought about the same results.’
      • ‘Just try to put yourself in her place every once in a while.’
  • put someone in his (or her) place

    • Deflate or humiliate someone regarded as being presumptuous.

      • ‘He figures in a walk-on role in the drama of the Nathadwara artists, one of whom he appears to have crushed by decisively putting him in his place.’
      • ‘There is one, for example, The Actress's Tale, in which a famous actress comes to York for Ascot and she is put in her place by the people of York.’
      • ‘That was a bit harsh perhaps, but I could not resist putting him in his place.’
      • ‘I'm writing this article because I feel like I as a young Latino, I need to put him in his place.’
      • ‘Mike would immediately put him in his place for he did not suffer fools or their antics.’
      • ‘If that doesn't put her in her place, don't waste time mixing it up with her.’
      • ‘He then claims that he was put in his place by Maggie, the writer's aunt, who ran a shop in the town.’
      • ‘She says that, after an initial nervousness that the heckler is going to throw her off, the audience love her all the more for putting him in his place.’
      • ‘John's logic here is hardly unassailable, and the lass promptly puts him in his place by taking up with a married middle-aged bank manager.’
      • ‘He wasn't surprised that his father had grabbed her with the intention of putting her in her place.’
      humiliate, take down a peg or two, deflate, crush, squelch, squash, humble, mortify, make someone eat humble pie, take the wind out of someone's sails
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  • take place

    • Occur.

      ‘people laid flowers at the spot where the crash took place’
      • ‘A general consultation has already taken place and the next stage will be a series of public meetings.’
      • ‘So many changes to the town and surrounding lands have already taken place and yet there are many more to come.’
      • ‘Discussions have already taken place about the merger since both schools have been hit by falling numbers.’
      • ‘The surface was ready to play on so quickly because the settlement of the soil had already taken place in Yorkshire.’
      • ‘A small degree of fund-raising has already taken place but there will be more to come.’
      • ‘Initial talks have already taken place and Joy is confident the case for change can be successfully argued.’
      • ‘Two meetings of the steering group behind the proposal have already taken place.’
      • ‘Much of what economists do is analyse the statistics of what has already taken place.’
      • ‘One meeting has already taken place and we expect the programme to run over the next two years.’
      • ‘Several peace marches have already taken place at the site and a peace camp has been set up nearby.’
      happen, occur, come about, transpire, crop up, materialize, arise, chance, fall out
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  • take one's place

    • Take up one's usual or recognized position.

      • ‘She thus takes her place as a literary mediator, teaching us to recognize the validity of other stories about selves as a first step toward rethinking the stories we have told and will tell.’
      • ‘Just because you have passed a few exams and ticked a few boxes, it doesn't mean that you are in an ideal position to take your place in society.’
      • ‘When I turned eighteen I joined the Order of the Eastern Star and finally took my place with Mother and the other ladies in those meetings about which I'd long wondered.’
      • ‘Despite being bruised and shaken, he took his place on the grid in 24th position - way behind his rivals.’
      • ‘You took your place alongside, or backstage and onstage, to some extent during rehearsals and where you could, you were part of performances.’
      • ‘Ultimately when I retired there were plenty of them in position to take my place.’
      • ‘It was very much a late late show at the RSC on Friday night as Waterford United took their place at the top of the Eircom League with their second straight win on the trot.’
      • ‘After her release from prison in 1919 the Countess took her place in the Dail Eireann where she held the position of Minister for Labour.’
      • ‘Kevin could be perfectly positioned to take his place in the dark reign of hackers and spammers.’
      • ‘At the end of a long apprenticeship, a young man was expected to produce a ‘masterpiece’, i.e. a piece of work which proved that he had mastered his craft and was capable of taking his place among the recognised practitioners.’
  • take the place of

    • Replace.

      • ‘Collaboration and cooperation replaced gossip, and teamwork took the place of quarrels.’
      • ‘Today the whole process of collecting sap and producing syrup has been mechanized, plastic tubing taking the place of galvanized pails and the woodstoves replaced by electric boilers and automatic evaporators.’
      • ‘A new hot-water perimeter heating system replaced the original steam radiators; a constant-volume-reheat system took the place of the window units.’
      • ‘This new system of communication took the place of the previous messaging system that involved the use of two pay-phones and a message board where messages were written down for residents by passers-by.’
      • ‘An obvious annoyance is the way English is seeping into Japanese, often taking the place of perfectly good native words as users try to be fashionable.’
      • ‘Her last studio album Medulla was recorded a cappella and had her multi-layering her voice to create an audacious wall-of-sound in which the human voice took the place of all the instruments.’
      • ‘The shiny black pant is really taking the place of where jeans and white jeans and black jeans use to be.’
      • ‘Phillip, whom I am taking the place of, showed me round the building.’
      • ‘Chess takes the place of all the other passions, and the people in his life, including his parents, become shadowy, meaningless figures.’
      • ‘Replacements had been temporarily appointed to take the place of the absent officers and the service was functioning normally, he said.’
      replace, stand in for, be a substitute for, substitute for, act for, fill in for, cover for
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin platea ‘open space’, from Greek plateia (hodos) ‘broad (way)’.

Pronunciation

place

/pleɪs/