I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, open space, from Latin platea broad street, from Greek plateia (hodos), from feminine of platys broad, flat; akin to Sanskrit pṛthu broad, Latin planta sole of the foot Date: 13th century 1. a. physical environment ; space b. a way for admission or transit c. physical surroundings ; atmosphere 2. a. an indefinite region or expanse <
all over the place
b. a building or locality used for a special purpose <
a place of learning
a fine eating place
c. archaic the three-dimensional compass of a material object 3. a. a particular region, center of population, or location <
a nice place to visit
b. a building, part of a building, or area occupied as a home <
our summer place
4. a particular part of a surface or body ; spot 5. relative position in a scale or series: as a. position in a social scale <
kept them in their place
b. a step in a sequence <
in the first place, it's none of your business
c. a position at the conclusion of a competition <
finished in last place
6. a. a proper or designated niche or setting <
the place of education in society
b. an appropriate moment or point <
this is not the place to discuss compensation — Robert Moses
c. a distinct condition, position, or state of mind <
the postfeminist generation is in a different place — Betty Friedan
7. a. an available seat or accommodation <
needs a place to stay
b. an empty or vacated position <
new ones will take their place
8. the position of a figure in relation to others of a row or series; especially the position of a digit within a numeral 9. a. remunerative employment ; job b. prestige accorded to one of high rank ; status <
an endless quest for preferment and placeTime
10. a public square ; plaza 11. a small street or court 12. second place at the finish (as of a horse race) II. verb (placed; placing) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to put in or as if in a particular place or position ; set b. to present for consideration <
a question placed before the group
c. to put in a particular state <
place a performer under contract
d. to direct to a desired spot e. to cause (the voice) to produce free and well resonated singing or speaking tones 2. a. to assign to a position in a series or category ; rank b. estimate <
placed the value of the estate too high
c. to identify by connecting with an associated context <
couldn't quite place her face
police placed them at the crime scene
3. to distribute in an orderly manner ; arrange 4. to appoint to a position 5. to find a place (as a home or employment) for 6. a. to give (an order) to a supplier b. to give an order for <
place a bet
c. to try to establish a connection for <
place a telephone call
intransitive verb to earn a given spot in a competition; specifically to come in second (as in a horse race) • placeable adjective

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