Definition of place noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary





1 [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.


2 [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


4 [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 surface

5 [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.


7 [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.


8 [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 activity

9 [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 position

10 [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 area

11 [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/competition

12 [countable, usually singular] a position among the winners of a race or competitionHe finished in third place.


13 Place [singular] (abbr. Pl.) used as part of a name for a short street or square66 Portland Place


14 [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 career
a 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 unpleasant
between 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 mind
Then 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 thing
heart is in the right place

if I was/were in your place

used to introduce a piece of advice you are giving to someone
If 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 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 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 argument
Well, in the first place, he has all the right the first, second, etc. place

in my, your, etc. place

in my, your, etc. situation
I wouldn't want to be in your my, your, etc. place

in place

1 (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 place

in place of someone/something


in someone's/something's place

instead of someone or 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 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 place

1 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 people
a 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 group
The 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 confidence
At 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 situation
Of course I was upset—just put yourself in my place.put yourself in else's place

take place

to happen, especially after previously being arranged or planned
The 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 something
She couldn't attend the meeting so her assistant took her place.Computers have taken the place of typewriters in today's offices.take place

take your place

1 to go to the physical position that is necessary for an activityTake your places for the race.2 to take or accept the status in society that is correct or that you deservetake your place
Usage noteUsage 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 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 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