• WordNet 3.6
    • v place recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
    • v place assign a rank or rating to "how would you rank these students?","The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    • v place take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal "Jerry came in third in the Marathon"
    • v place estimate "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
    • v place to arrange for "place a phone call","place a bet"
    • v place sing a note with the correct pitch
    • v place finish second or better in a horse or dog race "he bet $2 on number six to place"
    • v place assign to a station
    • v place 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"
    • v place 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"
    • v place locate "The film is set in Africa"
    • v place make an investment "Put money into bonds"
    • v place assign a location to "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles"
    • v place place somebody in a particular situation or location "he was placed on probation"
    • v place assign to (a job or a home)
    • v place identify the location or place of "We localized the source of the infection"
    • n place a job in an organization "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    • n place the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another "can you go in my stead?","took his place","in lieu of"
    • n place 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"
    • n place a blank area "write your name in the space provided"
    • n place the passage that is being read "he lost his place on the page"
    • n place an item on a list or in a sequence "in the second place","moved from third to fifth position"
    • n place any area set aside for a particular purpose "who owns this place?","the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
    • n place 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?"
    • n place a public square with room for pedestrians "they met at Elm Plaza","Grosvenor Place"
    • n place the particular portion of space occupied by something "he put the lamp back in its place"
    • n place a general vicinity "He comes from a place near Chicago"
    • n place a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane) "he booked their seats in advance","he sat in someone else's place"
    • n place a point located with respect to surface features of some region "this is a nice place for a picnic","a bright spot on a planet"
    • n place a particular situation "If you were in my place what would you do?"
    • n place proper or designated social situation "he overstepped his place","the responsibilities of a man in his station","married above her station"
    • n place proper or appropriate position or location "a woman's place is no longer in the kitchen"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Slyfield Place Slyfield Place
The Mole at Slyfield Place The Mole at Slyfield Place
Crowhurst Place Crowhurst Place
The Bridge over the Moat, Crowhurst Place The Bridge over the Moat, Crowhurst Place
Church of the Recollets and la Grande Place Church of the Recollets and la Grande Place
St. Louis Street, Place D'Armes, and New Court House St. Louis Street, Place D'Armes, and New Court House
Dad and Leopold Make a Rush for That Swimming Place 372 Dad and Leopold Make a Rush for That Swimming Place 372

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 10 million bacteria at the place where you rest your hands at a desk
    • Place A broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or short part of a street open only at one end. "Hangman boys in the market place ."
    • Place A definite position or passage of a document. "The place of the scripture which he read was this."
    • Place A position which is occupied and held; a dwelling; a mansion; a village, town, or city; a fortified town or post; a stronghold; a region or country. "Are you native of this place ?"
    • Place Any portion of space regarded as measured off or distinct from all other space, or appropriated to some definite object or use; position; ground; site; spot; rarely, unbounded space. "Here is the place appointed.""What place can be for us
      Within heaven's bound?"
      "The word place has sometimes a more confused sense, and stands for that space which any body takes up; and so the universe is a place ."
    • Place Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding; as, he said in the first place .
    • Place (Astron) Position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body; -- usually defined by its right ascension and declination, or by its latitude and longitude.
    • Place Rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement, dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or position; condition; also, official station; occupation; calling. "The enervating magic of place .""Men in great place are thrice servants.""I know my place as I would they should do theirs."
    • Place Reception; effect; -- implying the making room for. "My word hath no place in you."
    • Place (Racing) The position of first, second, or third at the finish, esp. the second position. In betting, to win a bet on a horse for place it must, in the United States, finish first or second, in England, usually, first, second, or third.
    • Place To assign a place to; to put in a particular spot or place, or in a certain relative position; to direct to a particular place; to fix; to settle; to locate; as, to place a book on a shelf; to place balls in tennis. "Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown."
    • Place To attribute; to ascribe; to set down. "Place it for her chief virtue."
    • Place (Racing) To determine or announce the place of at the finish. Usually, in horse racing only the first three horses are placed officially.
    • Place (Rugby Football) To place-kick ( a goal).
    • Place To put or set in a particular rank, office, or position; to surround with particular circumstances or relations in life; to appoint to certain station or condition of life; as, in whatever sphere one is placed . "Place such over them to be rulers."
    • Place To put out at interest; to invest; to loan; as, to place money in a bank.
    • Place to recognize or identify (a person).
    • Place To set; to fix; to repose; as, to place confidence in a friend. "My resolution 's placed ."
    • Place Vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure or removal of another being or thing being implied). "In place of Lord Bassanio."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Each year 50,000 earthquakes take place on this planet.
    • n place A broad way or open space in a city or town; an area or public courtyard devoted to some particular use or having some specific character; a public square or quadrangle. With a proper or other distinctive name prefixed, place is often applied to a street or part of a street, or to a square: as, Waverley Place, Waterloo Place, Temple Place.
    • n place An area or portion of land marked off or regarded as marked off or separated from the rest, as by occupancy, use, or character; region; locality; site; spot.
    • n place A particular town or village: as, Hampton is a historic place; a thriving place.
    • n place A mansion with its adjoining grounds; a residence or dwelling; a manor-house.
    • n place A building or a part of a building set apart for any purpose; quarters of any kind: as, a place of worship; a place in the country; a place of business.
    • n place A fortified post; a stronghold.
    • n place Room to abide in; abode; lodgment; location.
    • n place Room to stand or sit in; a particular location, as a seat, or a space for sitting or standing, as in a coach, car, or public hall.
    • n place A particular locality; a particular spot or portion of a surface or in a body: as, a sore place; a soft place.
    • n place The proper or appropriate location or position: as, a place for everything, and everything in its place.
    • n place In the abstract, the determinate portion of space occupied by any body.
    • n place A portion or passage of a book or writing.
    • n place [In this sense a translation of L. locus, Gr. τόπος (see topic).] In logic and rhetoric, a topic; a class of matters of discourse; an order of considerations comprising all those which have analogous relations to their subjects.
    • n place In. falconry, the greatest elevation which a bird of prey attains in its flight.
    • n place Room; stead: with the sense of substitution: preceded by in.
    • n place A situation; an appointment; an employment; hence, office: as, a politician striving for place; a coachman wanting a place.
    • n place Official or social status or dignity; vocation, station, or condition in life, etc.: as, to make one know his place.
    • n place Precedence; priority in rank, dignity, or importance.
    • n place Point or degree in order of proceeding: as, in the first place; in the second place; in the last place.
    • n place In geometry See locus, 3.
    • n place Position; specifically, in astronomy, the bearing of a heavenly body at any instant: as, the moon's place (that is, its right ascension and declination, or direction otherwise specified).
    • n place Ground or occasion; room.
    • n place Position, in general.
    • n place Into occasion, opportunity, or use.
    • n place In geology, in its original position; not moved, especially by currents of water or by other erosive agencies, from its natural bed, or the place which it occupied when the deposit of which it constitutes a part was formed.
    • n place In presence; present.
    • n place To have actual existence.
    • n place To take precedence or priority. See def. 18.
    • n place To take effect; avail.
    • place To put or set in a particular place or position.
    • place To put or set in position or order; arrange; dispose.
    • place To put in office or a position of authority; appoint; ordain to a charge.
    • place To find a place, home, situation, etc., for; arrange for the residence, instruction, or employment of.
    • place To put out at interest; invest: as, to place money in the funds.
    • place To arrange or make provision for: as, to place a loan.
    • place To set; base; put; repose: as, to place confidence in a friend.
    • place Synonyms Set, Lay, etc. (see put), station, establish, deposit.
    • n place In mining, a drift driven at right angles to a wide lode to form the starting-place for a slide.
    • n place In sporting contests, the relative rank or success secured; specifically, that of the winner, the second, or the third.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Half of all bank robberies take place on a Friday.
    • n Place plās a broad way in a city: an open space used for a particular purpose: a particular locality: a town: room to dwell, sit, or stand in: the position held by anybody, employment, office, a situation: a mansion with its grounds: proper position or dignity, priority in such: stead: passage in a book: a topic, matter of discourse: in sporting contests, position among the first three
    • v.t Place to put in any place or condition: to find a home for: to settle: to lend: invest: to ascribe
    • ***


  • Euripides
    “It is change; all yields its place and goes.”
  • Robert Orben
    Robert Orben
    “Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.”
  • Helen Keller
    “College isn't the place to go for ideas.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we'll not fail.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “I hate the place like poison with a sincere hatred.”


All over the place - If something is completely disorganised or confused, it is all over the place.
Between a rock and a hard place - If you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you are in a position where you have to choose between unpleasant alternatives, and your choice might cause you problems; you will not be able to satisfy everyone.
Heart in the right place - If someone's heart is in the right place, they are good and kind, though they might not always appear to be so.
Know your place - A person who knows their place doesn't try to impose themselves on others.
Place in the sun - If you have your place in the sun, you find wealth, happiness or whatever you are looking for in life.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. platea, a street, an area, a courtyard, from Gr. platei^a a street, properly fem. of platy`s, flat, broad; akin to Skr. pṛthu, Lith. platus,. Cf. Flawn Piazza Plate Plaza


In literature:

Then a turn took place.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Live fust years at de Walt Brice McCullough place, then move to de Vinson place, then to de preacher Erwin place.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
These lodges may be taken to pieces, packed up, and carried from place to place.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
For babies, and people who might break the thermometer if it were placed in the mouth, place the thermometer in the armpit.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Many plants will often be found in one place in open woods or in cleared places.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Ballymena is a smart looking place, trig and trim, thriving and well-liking, a place to look upon and live.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Each rental battery should always be placed in the same place on the shelf.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Lofty pillars crowned by figures representing Victory, are to be placed at the approaches.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
But even so, the two places were as effectually separated as though miles, and not yards, intervened.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
On the floor were some boards, placed on bricks and covered with soddened straw.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins

In poetry:

It stands alone and somberly
Within a shaded place,
And every man who turns that way
Has quiet on his face.
"The Town Between" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
But viewing Myra placed apart,
I fear, says she, I fear,
Appelles, that Sir Godfrey's art
Has far surpass'd thine here:
"The Judgement Of Venus" by Matthew Prior
Though these, me thought, were verie pleasing sights,
Yet now these Worthies did agree to go,
Vnto a place full of all rare delights,
A place that yet Minerua did not know.
"The Authors Dreame To The Ladie Marie" by Aemilia Lanyer
How did you know the place my heart had dreamed,
The silent place of roses and of sleep
Where I would lie and none should know me there
Or reach me through the roses strewn so deep?
"A Song Of Roses" by Ethel Clifford
Have we a nation to save? In the first place
Saving ourselves is the sensible plan,--
Surely the spot where there's shooting's the worst place
Where I can stand, says the sweet little man.
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
An' if mi lines dooant run as spreetly,
Nor beam wi gems o' wit soa breetly,
Place all the blame,--yo'll place it reightly,
Upon her back;
To win her smile aw follow neetly,
Along her track.
"Mi Darling Muse" by John Hartley

In news:

Beginning and established artists/ artisans have a place with a MiAppa Artisan Place.
Total Recall did 26 million for second place, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was third with 14.9 million for third place.
Do you know the best place to place smoke alarms.
(AP) The Chiefs have placed defensive lineman Allen Bailey on injured reserve with an ankle injury and signed linebacker Leon Williams to fill his place on the roster.
The Chiefs have placed defensive lineman Allen Bailey on injured reserve with an ankle injury and signed linebacker Leon Williams to fill his place on the roster.
2nd place Kelly Lin3rd Grade: 4th place Matt Propst5th Grade: 1st place Allison Woodard, 3rd place Natalie Wentworth6th Grade: 2nd place Josh Propst7th Grade: 1st place Lauren Oller.
Pictured above, Macedonia Middle School Spelling Bee winners are first place Gabe Wadford (eighth grade), second place Kenneth Alfieri (eighth grade), third place Mayra Brown (sixth grade), and alternate Amber Nobles (seventh grade).
"There will be random people going from place to place, trying beers and judging them, but the sellers won't know who is who.".
There's this place called the sweet spot: It's the place in a theater where movies look and sound their best.
Suddenly brunch was my favorite meal—so long as it was at a vegan place, a place with vegan options, or I was cooking.
Gentrification has taken place in every part of New York City, but few places have felt it as intensely as Harlem.
Cass 's boys cross country team won first place at the Adairsville Tiger Invitational in Adairsville on Oct 9, while the girls won second place.
In addition to the wreaths placed at Arlington, hundreds of thousands more will be placed at other military cemeteries around the country and world.
Stetson Law professor Louis Virelli says courts have placed time, place and manner restrictions on the First Amendment.
The first set of interviews take place Wednesday, and position group workouts take place from Friday-Tuesday.

In science:

Cherlin wonders on the place of parallel algebraic geometric dimension and place of 0-minimal theory.
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
A Young tableau of shape λ is an array of positive integers aij (at place (i, j ) in the Young diagram) placed in the Young diagram λ, which are non-decreasing from left to right and strictly increasing from top to bottom.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
In the most general situation local fundamental groups change from place to place.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
For each finite place v of K , we choose a place ¯v of ¯K dividing v , and let σ¯v ∈ GK the corresponding Frobenius element.
Unique decomposition of tensor products of irreducible representations of simple algebraic groups
One will typically prefer to place the deltas in other places than in this specific example, but this is not essential here.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra