AskDefine | Define place

Dictionary Definition



1 a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic" [syn: topographic point, spot]
2 any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House" [syn: property]
3 an abstract mental location; "he has a special place in my thoughts"; "a place in my heart"; "a political system with no place for the less prominent groups"
4 a general vicinity; "He comes from a place near Chicago"
5 the function or position properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of" [syn: stead, position, lieu]
6 a particular situation; "If you were in my place what would you do?" [syn: shoes]
7 where you live at a particular time; "deliver the package to my home"; "he doesn't have a home to go to"; "your place or mine?" [syn: home]
8 a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, situation]
9 the particular portion of space occupied by a physical object; "he put the lamp back in its place" [syn: position]
10 proper or designated social situation; "he overstepped his place"; "the responsibilities of a man in his station"; "married above her station" [syn: station]
11 a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); "he booked their seats in advance"; "he sat in someone else's place" [syn: seat]
12 the passage that is being read; "he lost his place on the page"
13 proper or appropriate position or location; "a woman's place is no longer in the kitchen"
14 a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place" [syn: plaza, piazza]
15 an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position" [syn: position]
16 a blank area; "write your name in the space provided" [syn: space, blank space]


1 put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point" [syn: put, set, pose, position, lay]
2 place somebody in a particular situation or location; "he was placed on probation"
3 assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide" [syn: rate, rank, range, order, grade]
4 assign a location to; "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles" [syn: locate, site]
5 to arrange for; "place a phone call", "place a bet"
6 take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal; "Jerry came in third in the Marathon" [syn: come in, come out]
7 intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" [syn: target, aim, direct, point]
8 recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something; "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster" [syn: identify]
9 assign to (a job or a home)
10 locate; "The film is set in Africa" [syn: set, localize, localise]
11 estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M." [syn: put, set]
12 identify the location or place of; "We localized the source of the infection" [syn: localize, localise]
13 make an investment; "Put money into bonds" [syn: invest, put, commit] [ant: divest]
14 assign to a station [syn: station, post, base, send]
15 finish second or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on number six to place"
16 sing a note with the correct pitch

User Contributed Dictionary



From plæce, from place, from lang=la, from sc=Grek, from sc=Grek, from *|plat


  • , /pleɪs/, /pleIs/



  1. An open space, courtyard, market square.
  2. A group of houses.
    They live in Westminster Place.
  3. A location or position.
  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


open space, courtyard, market square
  • Finnish: aukio
  • French: place
  • German: Platz
  • Greek: πλατεία
  • Italian: piazza
  • Japanese: 広場, 場; qualifier market square 市場
  • Korean: 곳, 장소
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: شوێن
  • Polish: plac
  • Portuguese: lugar, local
  • Romanian: pătrat, piaţă
  • Romansch: plaz , plazza
  • Russian: площадь (plóščad’)
  • Slovene: trg
  • Spanish: plaza
  • Swedish: gård, plats, torg
  • Telugu: స్థలము (sthalamu)
group of houses
  • Japanese: 団地
  • Swedish: gård
location, position
  • Albanian: vend
  • Arabic: (makān)
  • Catalan: lloc
  • Chinese: 地方 (dìfang)
  • Croatian: mjesto
  • Czech: místo
  • Dutch: plaats
  • Finnish: paikka
  • French: lieu
  • German: Platz, Ort, Stelle, Position
  • Hebrew:
  • Hindi: जगह (jagah)
  • Hungarian: hely
  • Irish: áit
  • Italian: luogo, posto, posizione
  • Japanese: 場所, 位置, 所; qualifier space 空間; qualifier room 余地
  • Korean: 장소
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: جێگه, شوێن
  • Latin: locus
  • Mongolian: газар (gazar)
  • Old English: log
  • Portuguese: lugar, local, posição
  • Romanian: loc
  • Romansch: lieu
  • Russian: место
  • Scottish Gaelic: àite
  • Slovene: kraj, mesto
  • Spanish: lugar, sitio
  • Swedish: plats , placering , post , säte , ställe
  • Telugu: స్థానము (sthaanamu)
  • Urdu: (jagah)
region of a land
  • Japanese: 地方
somewhere to sit
frame of mind
  • Finnish: paikka
  • Japanese: 感覚
informal: house or home
  • Hebrew:
  • Japanese: 家, 家
a role or purpose, a station
numeric: the column counting a certain quantity
  • Japanese: 桁
somewhere to stand
somewhere to lay down
somewhere to sleep


  1. To earn a given spot in a competition.
  2. To put (an object or person) in a specific location.
  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. transitive in the passive 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.

Derived terms


to earn a given spot in a competition
  • French: se placer, arriver
  • Hebrew: (literally: to reach)
  • Japanese: 入賞する
  • Swedish: placera sig
to put in a specific location
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (fàng)
  • Dutch: plaatsen
  • Finnish: panna, laittaa, asettaa, sijoittaa
  • French: mettre, poser, placer
  • German: stellen, plazieren (or platzieren), einordnen
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: tenni, helyezni
  • Italian: collocare, mettere, posare
  • Japanese: 配置する, 置く, 入れる, 付ける, 収める, 定める, 割り当てる
  • Korean: 두다
  • Kurdish:
  • Old English: logian
  • Portuguese: colocar
  • Russian: класть (klast’), ставить (stávit’)
  • Spanish: colocar, poner
  • Swedish: lägga, placera, ställa, sätta
to remember where and when something or someone was previously encountered
passive: to achieve (a certain position)
  • Finnish: sijoittua
  • Japanese: なる, つく, 決まる, 定まる
  • Portuguese: lugar
  • Swedish: placera sig
to sing (a note) with the correct pitch
to arrange for, make (a bet)
  • Finnish: asettua
  • French: faire
  • Japanese: 賭ける
to recruit or match an appropriate person for a job



  • lang=fr|/plas/


fr-noun f
  1. Place, square, plaza, piazza
  2. Place, space, room
  3. Place, seat

Verb form

  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of placer.
  2. first-, third-person singular sunjunctive present of placer.
  3. second-person singular imperative of placer.



  • lang=pl|/ˈplaʦɛ/


  1. Plural of plac




  1. Îţi place ţie de el?
    Do you like him?



es-verb-form placer
  1. The second-person singular of placer in the imperative.

Extensive Definition

A place is a location in space.
Place may refer to:
Place may also be:
Persons with the surname of Place:

See also

place in German: Place
place in French: Place

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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