Definition of place verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary




in position

1 [transitive] place something + adverb/preposition to put something in a particular place, especially when you do it carefully or deliberatelyHe placed his hand on her shoulder.A bomb had been placed under the seat.The parking lots in the town are few, but strategically placed.

in situation

2 [transitive] place someone/yourself + adverb/preposition (more formal than put) to put someone/yourself in a particular situationto place someone in commandShe 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.


3 [transitive] place something (on something/doing something) used to express the attitude someone has toward someone or somethingGreat emphasis is placed on education.They place a high value on punctuality.


4 [transitive] place someone/something (usually used in negative sentences) to recognize someone or something and be able to identify them/itI've seen her before but I just can't place her.His accent was impossible to place.


5 [transitive] place something to give instructions about something or make a request for something to happento place a bet/an orderWe placed an advertisement for a housekeeper in the local paper.

find home/job

6 [transitive] to find a suitable home, job, etc. for someone place someone (with someone/something)The children were placed with foster parents. place someone (in something)The agency placed about 2,000 secretaries last year.

give rank

7 [transitive] place someone/something + adverb/preposition to decide that someone or something has a particular position or rank compared with other people or thingsI would place her among the top five tennis players in the world.Nursing attracts people who place relationships high on their list of priorities.

in race

8 [intransitive] place first, second, third, etc. used to describe a person, a team, or a horse, etc. finishing in a particular position in a raceHe placed fifth in last Saturday's race.9 [intransitive] (used about a horse) to be among the first three to finish the race, usually in second placeHis horse placed in the last race.

be well, ideally, uniquely, better, etc. placed for something/to do something

1 to be in a good, very good, etc. position or have a good, etc. opportunity to do somethingEngineering majors are well placed for a wide range of jobs.The company is ideally placed to take advantage of the new legislation.2 to be located in a pleasant or convenient placeThe hotel is well placed for restaurants, bars, and well, ideally, uniquely, better, etc. placed for dobe well, ideally, uniquely, better, etc. placed for to do

put/place/set a premium on someone/something

to think that someone or something is particularly important or valuable
The company places a high premium on initiative.put/set a premium onplace/set a premium on

to put/place someone on a pedestal

to admire someone so much that you do not see their faults
to put on a pedestalto place on a pedestal