(1)   A job in an organization
"He occupied a post in the treasury"
(2)   The post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
"Can you go in my stead?"
"Took his place"
"In lieu of"
(3)   An abstract mental location
"He has a special place in my thoughts"
"A place in my heart"
"A political system with no place for the less prominent groups"
(4)   A blank area
"Write your name in the space provided"
(5)   The passage that is being read
"He lost his place on the page"
(6)   An item on a list or in a sequence
"In the second place"
"Moved from third to fifth position"
(7)   Any area set aside for a particular purpose
"Who owns this place?"
"The president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
(8)   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?"
(9)   A public square with room for pedestrians
"They met at Elm Plaza"
"Grosvenor Place"
(10)   The particular portion of space occupied by something
"He put the lamp back in its place"
(11)   A general vicinity
"He comes from a place near Chicago"
(12)   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"
(13)   A point located with respect to surface features of some region
"This is a nice place for a picnic"
(14)   A particular situation
"If you were in my place what would you do?"
(15)   Proper or designated social situation
"He overstepped his place"
"The responsibilities of a man in his station"
"Married above her station"
(16)   Proper or appropriate position or location
"A woman's place is no longer in the kitchen"


(17)   Recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
"She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
(18)   Assign a rank or rating to
"How would you rank these students?"
"The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
(19)   Take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal
"Jerry came in third in the Marathon"
(20)   To arrange for
"Place a phone call", "place a bet"
(21)   Sing a note with the correct pitch
(22)   Finish second or better in a horse or dog race
"He bet $2 on number six to place"
(23)   Assign to a station
(24)   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"
(25)   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"


place from plæċe "open space" (reinforced by place "open space"), both from , from , shortening of . Displaced native loȝ, lough "place, stead" (from lōh "place"), stede "place, location" (from stede "place, stead"), stowe "place" (from stōw "place, locality, site").


  1. A location or position.
  2. An open space, courtyard, market square.
  3. A group of houses.
    They live in Westminster Place.
  4. A region of a land.
    He is going back to his native place on vacation.
  5. Somewhere for a person to sit.
    We asked the restaurant to give us a table with three places.
  6. A frame of mind.
    I'm in a strange place at the moment.
  7. A house or home.
    Do you want to come over to my place later?
  8. A role or purpose; a station.
    It is really not my place to say what is right and wrong in this case.
  9. Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.
    three decimal places
    the hundreds place
  10. The position of a contestant in a competition.
    We thought we would win but only ended up in fourth place.
  11. The position as a member of a sports team.
    He lost his place in the national team.


courtyard, piazza, plaza, square location, position, situation, spot seat frame of mind, mindset, mood


  1. To put (an object or person) in a specific location.
  2. To earn a given spot in a competition.
  3. To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.
    I've seen him before, but I can't quite place where.
  4. To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.
  5. To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.
  6. To arrange for or to make (a bet).
  7. To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.
    They phoned hoping to place her in the management team.