- 1 [countable] a particular position, point or area Is this the place where it happened? This would be a good place for a picnic. I can't be in two places at once. city/town/building
- 2 [countable] a particular city, town, building, etc. I can't remember all the places we visited in Thailand. I used to live in York and I'm still fond of the place. The police searched the place. We were looking for a place to eat. Let's get out of this place!
- 3 [countable] (especially in compounds or phrases) a building or an area of land used for a particular purpose a meeting place The town has many excellent eating places. (formal) churches and other places of worship He can usually be contacted at his place of work. Synonymsplacesite area position point location scene spot venueThese are all words for a particular area or part of an area, especially one used for a particular purpose or where somebody/something is situated or happens.place a particular point, area, city, town, building, etc, especially one used for a particular purpose or where a particular thing happens:This would be a good place for a picnic.site the place where something, especially a building, is or will be situated; a place where something happened or that is used for a particular purpose:They’ve chosen a site for the new school.area a part of a room, building or particular space that is used for a special purpose; a particular place on an object:the hotel reception area Move the cursor to a blank area on the screen.position the place where a person or thing is situated; the place where somebody/something is meant to be:From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbour. The position of somebody/something is often temporary: the place where somebody/something is at a particular time.point a particular place within an area, where something happens or is supposed to happen:the point at which the river divideslocation a place where something happens or exists, especially a place that is not named or not known:The company is moving to a new location.scene a place where something happens, especially something unpleasant:the scene of the accidentspot a particular point or area, especially one that has a particular character or where something particular happens:The lake is one of the local beauty spots.venue the place where people meet for an organized event such as a performance or sports event.Patterns at a place/site/position/point/location/scene/spot/venue in a(n) place/area/position/location/venue the place/site/point/location/spot/venue where… the right place/site/position/location/spot/venue a central site/position/location/venue the/somebody’s/something’s exact/precise place/site/position/point/location/spot see also resting place area on surface
- 4 [countable] a particular area on a surface, especially on a person’s body He broke his arm in three places. The paint was peeling off the wall in places. in book/speech, etc.
- 5 [countable] a point in a book, speech, piece of music, etc., especially one that somebody has reached at a particular time She had marked her place with a bookmark. Excuse me, I seem to have lost my place. The audience laughed in all the right places. This is one of the few places in his work where he mentions his childhood. seat
- 6 [countable] a position, seat, etc., especially one that is available for or being used by a person or vehicle Come and sit here—I've saved you a place. I don't want to lose my place in the line. Would you like to change places with me so you can see better? I've set a place for you at the table. role/importance
- 7[singular] place (in something) the role or importance of somebody/something in a particular situation, usually in relation to others He is assured of his place in history. Accurate reporting takes second place to lurid detail. My father believed that people should know their place (= behave according to their social position). It's not your place (= your role) to give advice. Anecdotes have no place in (= are not acceptable in) an academic essay. at university/school
- 8 [countable] an opportunity to take part in something, especially to study at a school or university or on a course She's been offered a place at Bath to study Business. There are very few places left on the course. See related entries: University life in sports team
- 9[countable] the position of being a member of a sports team She has won a place in the Olympic team. He lost his place in the first team. correct position
- 10 [countable] the natural or correct position for something Is there a place on the form to put your address? Put it back in its place when you've finished with it. safe area
- 11[countable] (usually with a negative) a suitable or safe area for somebody to be These streets are no place for a child to be out alone at night. home
- 12 [singular] (informal) a house or flat/apartment; a person’s home What about dinner at my place? I'm fed up with living with my parents, so I'm looking for a place of my own. I thought I’d better clean the place up. in race/competition
- 13 [countable, usually singular] a position among the winners of a race or competition He finished in third place. mathematics
- 14 [countable] the position of a figure after a decimal point The number is correct to three decimal places. street/square
- 15Place [singular] (abbreviation Pl.) used as part of a name for a short street or square 66 Portland Place Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin platea
- 1everywhere New restaurants are appearing all over the place.
- 2not neat or tidy; not well organized Your calculations are all over the place (= completely wrong).
- 1 (also into place) in the correct position; ready for something Carefully lay each slab in place. The receiver had already clicked into place.
- 2 working or ready to work All the arrangements are now in place for their visit. How long has the import ban been in place?
- 3(North American English) = on the spot (3)
- 1 not in the correct place Some of these files seem to be out of place.
- 2 not suitable for a particular situation Her remarks were out of place. I felt completely out of place among all these successful people.
- 1to go to the physical position that is necessary for an activity Take your places for dinner.
- 2to take or accept the status in society that is correct or that you deserve
to be feeling positive, sad, worried, etc. about something; to be in a good, bad, worrying state I'm happy now. I'm in a good place. The economy is in a better place than it was a year ago. He was in a bad place, mentally and emotionally. She was in a dark place after her mother's death. in a situation where you have to choose between two things, both of which are unpleasant (usually used in negative sentences) to be in somebody else’s situation I'm perfectly happy—I wouldn't change places with anyone. if something complicated or difficult to understand falls or slots into place, it becomes organized or clear in your mind Then I found his diary and it all began to fall into place. (formal) to be replaced by somebody/something synonym give way to Houses and factories gave place to open fields as the train gathered speed. used to say that somebody’s intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thing used to introduce a piece of advice you are giving to somebody If I were in your place, I'd resign immediately. used at the end of a sentence to talk about why something was done or whether it should have been done or not I still don't understand why you chose that name in the first place. I should never have taken that job in the first place. used at the beginning of a sentence to introduce the different points you are making in an argument Well, in the first place he has all the right qualifications. in my, your, etc. situation I wouldn't like to be in your place.
instead of somebody/something You can use milk in place of cream in this recipe. He was unable to come to the ceremony, but he sent his son to accept the award in his place. (saying) an unusual or unpleasant event is not likely to happen in the same place or to the same people twice (of a person) to look extremely clean and neat
to replace somebody/something She couldn't attend the meeting so her assistant took her place. Computers have taken the place of typewriters in most offices.