Definition of place verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pleɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they place
    BrE BrE//pleɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪs//
    he / she / it places
    BrE BrE//ˈpleɪsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪsɪz//
    past simple placed
    BrE BrE//pleɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪst//
    past participle placed
    BrE BrE//pleɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪst//
    -ing form placing
    BrE BrE//ˈpleɪsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪsɪŋ//
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    in position
  1. 1  [transitive] place something + adv./prep. to put something in a particular place, especially when you do it carefully or deliberately He placed his hand on her shoulder. A bomb had been placed under the seat. The parking areas in the town are few, but strategically placed.
  2. in situation
  3. 2[transitive] place somebody/yourself + adv./prep. (more formal than put) to put somebody/yourself in a particular situation to place somebody in command She was placed in the care of an uncle. His resignation placed us in a difficult position. The job places great demands on me. He has placed himself above party politics.
  4. attitude
  5. 3  [transitive] place something on something/doing something used to express the attitude somebody has towards somebody/something Great emphasis is placed on education. They place a high value on punctuality.
  6. recognize
  7. 4[transitive] place somebody/something (usually used in negative sentences) to recognize somebody/something and be able to identify them/it I've seen her before but I just can't place her. His accent was impossible to place.
  8. bet/order/advertisement
  9. 5  [transitive] place something to give instructions about something or make a request for something to happen to place a bet/an order We placed an advertisement for a cleaner in the local paper.
  10. find home/job
  11. 6[transitive] to find a suitable home, job, etc. for somebody place somebody (with somebody/something) The children were placed with foster parents. place somebody (in something) The agency placed about 2 000 secretaries last year.
  12. give rank
  13. 7[transitive] place somebody/something + adv./prep. to decide that somebody/something has a particular position or rank compared with other people or things I would place her among the top five tennis players in the world. Nursing attracts people who place relationships high on their list of priorities.
  14. in race
  15. 8[transitive, intransitive] used to describe a person, a team, a horse, etc. finishing in a particular position in a race place somebody/something + adj. He was placed fifth in last Saturday's race. place (something) (British English) My horse has been placed several times (= it was among the first three or four to finish the race). (North American English) His horse placed in the last race (= it was among the first three to finish the race, usually in second place).
  16. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin platea ‘open space’, from Greek plateia (hodos) ‘broad (way)’.Extra examples He placed the letter in a drawer. I’ve heard his name before, but I can’t quite place him. She produced a long silver whistle and placed it firmly between her lips. She tried to place the faint West Country burr in his voice. The blame was placed squarely on the doctor. The books were placed haphazardly on the shelf. The boots were neatly placed side by side. The boots, neatly placed side by side, were near the bed. The company is ideally placed to win the contract. The table was placed centrally. There are candles strategically placed—in case we have another blackout. an attempt to place the question firmly back on the political agenda children who are difficult to place in foster homes highly placed officials in the government Great importance is placed on education. I would place him among the top five tennis players in the world. I’ve seen her before but I just can’t place her. Nursing attracts people who place relationships high on their list of priorities.Idioms
      be well, ideally, uniquely, better, etc. placed for something/to do something
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    1. 1to be in a good, very good, etc. position or have a good, etc. opportunity to do something Engineering graduates are well placed for a wide range of jobs. The company is ideally placed to take advantage of the new legislation.
    2. 2to be located in a pleasant or convenient place The hotel is well placed for restaurants, bars and clubs.
    put/place something on (the) record, be/go on (the) record (as saying…)
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    to say something publicly or officially so that it may be written down and repeated He didn't want to go on the record as either praising or criticizing the proposal. I should like to place on record my sincere thanks to all those who have given support.
    put/place/set a premium on somebody/something
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    to think that somebody/something is particularly important or valuable The company places a high premium on initiative.
    to put/place somebody on a pedestal
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    to admire somebody so much that you do not see their faults
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: place