position/point/area1 [countable] a particular position, point, or areaIs 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/building2 [countable] a particular city, town, building, etc.I can't remember all the places we visited in Thailand.I used to live in Seattle, 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 purposea meeting placeThe town has many excellent eating places.churches and other places of worshipHe can usually be contacted at his place of work. see also resting place
home4 [singular] a house or apartment; a person's homeWhat 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.
area on surface5 [countable] a particular area on a surface, especially on a person's bodyHe broke his arm in three places.The paint was peeling off the wall in places.
in book/speech, etc.6 [countable] a point in a book, speech, piece of music, etc., especially one that someone has reached at a particular timeShe 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.
seat7 [countable] a position, seat, etc., especially one that is available for or being used by a person or vehicleCome 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/importance8 [singular] place (in something) the role or importance of someone or something in a particular situation, usually in relation to othersHe 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.
on team/in activity9 [countable] an opportunity to play for a team or take part in somethingShe has won a place on the Olympic team.He lost his place on the team.
correct position10 [countable] the natural or correct position for somethingIs there a place on the form to put your address?Put it back in its place when you've finished with it.
safe area11 [countable] (usually with a negative) a suitable or safe area for someone to beThese streets are no place for a child to be out alone at night.
in race/competition12 [countable, usually singular] a position among the winners of a race or competitionHe finished in third place.
street/square13 Place [singular] (abbr. Pl.) used as part of a name for a short street or square66 Portland Place
mathematics14 [countable] the position of a figure after a decimal pointThe number is correct to three decimal places.
all over the place/lot(informal)1 everywhereNew restaurants are appearing all over the place.2 not neat or clean; not well organizedYour calculations are all over the place (= completely wrong).all over the placeall over the lot
be going places
to be getting more and more successful in your life or careera young architect who's really going placesbe going places
(caught/stuck) between a rock and a hard place
in a situation where you have to choose between two things, both of which are unpleasantbetween a rock and a hard placecaught between a rock and a hard placebetween a rock and a hard placestuck between a rock and a hard place
change/swap places (with someone)(usually used in negative sentences) to be in someone else's situationI'm perfectly happy—I wouldn't change places with anyone.change placeschange places withswap placesswap places with
fall into place
if something complicated or difficult to understand falls into place, it becomes organized or clear in your mindThen I found his diary and it all began to fall into place.fall into place
someone's heart is in the right place
used to say that someone's intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thingheart is in the right place
if I was/were in your place
used to introduce a piece of advice you are giving to someoneIf I were in your place, I'd resign immediately.if I was in your placeif I were in your place
in the first place
used at the end of a sentence to talk about why something was done or whether it should have been done or notI still don't understand why you chose that name in the first place.I should never have taken that job in the first place.in the first place
in the first, second, etc. place
used at the beginning of a sentence to introduce the different points you are making in an argumentWell, in the first place, he has all the right qualifications.in the first, second, etc. place
in my, your, etc. place
in my, your, etc. situationI wouldn't want to be in your place.in my, your, etc. place
in place1 (also into place) in the correct position; ready for somethingCarefully lay each slab in place.The receiver had already clicked into place.2 working or ready to workAll the arrangements are now in place for their visit.How long has the import ban been in place?3 in one exact place, without moving in any directionRunning in place is good exercise.in place
in place of someone/something|
in someone's/something's place
instead of someone or somethingYou 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.in place of
not have a hair out of place(of a person) to look extremely clean and neatnot have a hair out of place
out of place1 not in the correct placeSome of these files seem to be out of place.2 not suitable for a particular situationHer remarks were out of place.I felt completely out of place among all these successful people.out of place
a place in the sun
a position in which you are comfortable or have an advantage over other peoplea place in the sun
pride of place
the position in which something is most easily seen that is given to the most important thing in a particular groupThe photo was given pride of place on the mantel.pride of place
put someone in their place
to make someone feel stupid or embarrassed for showing too much confidenceAt first she tried to take charge of the meeting but I soon put her in her place.put in their place
put yourself in someone else's/someone's place
to imagine that you are in someone else's situationOf course I was upset—just put yourself in my place.put yourself in else's place
to happen, especially after previously being arranged or plannedThe film festival takes place in October.We may never discover what took place that night.take place
take someone's/something's place|
take the place of someone/something
to replace someone or somethingShe couldn't attend the meeting so her assistant took her place.Computers have taken the place of typewriters in today's offices.take place
Usage note: placesite 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 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 someone or something is meant to be: From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbor.note The position of someone or something is often temporary: the place where the person or thing 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: I proposed to your mother on this very spot 50 years ago.venue the place where people meet for an organized event such as a performance or a sports event: Please note the change of venue for this event.patternsat a/the place/site/position/point/location/scene/spot/venuein a(n) place/area/position/location/venuethe place/site/point/location/spot/venue where…the right place/site/position/location/spot/venuea central site/position/location/venuethe/something's exact/precise place/site/position/point/location/spot