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

      

    place

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    noun
    BrE BrE//pleɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪs//
     
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    position/point/area
  1. 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.
  2. city/town/building
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. area on surface
  6. 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.
  7. in book/speech, etc.
  8. 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.
  9. seat
  10. 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.
  11. role/importance
  12. 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.
  13. at university/school
  14. 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
  15. in sports team
  16. 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.
  17. correct position
  18. 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.
  19. safe area
  20. 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.
  21. home
  22. 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.
  23. in race/competition
  24. 13  [countable, usually singular] a position among the winners of a race or competition He finished in third place.
  25. mathematics
  26. 14 [countable] the position of a figure after a decimal point The number is correct to three decimal places.
  27. street/square
  28. 15Place [singular] (abbreviation Pl.) used as part of a name for a short street or square 66 Portland Place
  29. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin platea ‘open space’, from Greek plateia (hodos) ‘broad (way)’.Extra examples Dance has a central place in their culture. He changed places with me. He has been restored to his rightful place in the community. He holds a special place in her affections. He lost his place in the team. He took the place of honour on his hostess’s right. He was awarded a place at Leeds University. He was injured and lost his place in the side. His victory secured him a place in history. Housing occupied a prominent place in the discussions. I forgot to mark my place. I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I lost my place in line. I’m sorry—I was forgetting my place. I’ve laid four places for dinner. It was a terrible place to live. It was held in place with tape. It’s a nice place you’ve got here. It’s not your place to correct her. Keep your purse in a safe place. Please state your date and place of birth. Second place went to the Moroccan athlete. She got a place on the French course. She knows her place. She showed them to their places. She tapped the lid into place. She took third place. The boy returned to his place There will be rain in places. This is not the place for an argument. We had dinner at a crowded place in Chelsea. We took our places around the table. a statesman who is assured a place in history holidays in faraway places trips to faraway places Anecdotes have no place in an academic essay. Come and sit here—I’ve saved you a place. He can usually be contacted at his place of work. Here is a list of churches and other places of worship. I can’t be in two places at once. I couldn’t find a parking place anywhere. I don’t want to lose my place in the line. I thought I’d better clean the place up. I used to live in York and I’m still fond of the place. I’m fed up with living with my parents, so I’m looking for a place of my own. I’ve set a place for you at the table. Let’s get out of this place! My father believed that people should know their place. Please write your full name, date and place of birth. Schools should be a safe place for children to work in. The town has many excellent eating places. There was no hiding place. These streets are no place for a child to be out alone at night. They gathered at a meeting place in the town square. They met at a place in the centre of town. We’re looking for a place to eat. What about dinner at my place? What places did you visit in Thailand? Would you like to change places with me so you can see better?Idioms
      all over the place (British English also all over the shop) (also US English all over the lot) (informal)
       
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    1. 1everywhere New restaurants are appearing all over the place.
    2. 2not neat or tidy; not well organized Your calculations are all over the place (= completely wrong).
    (informal) to be getting more and more successful in your life or career a young architect who’s really going places
    behave/act as if you own the place, think you own the place
     
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    (disapproving) to behave in a very confident way that annoys other people, for example by telling them what to do
    be in a good, bad, dark, etc. place (less frequent be in a good, bad, dark, etc. space)
     
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    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.
    (caught/stuck) between a rock and a hard place
     
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    in a situation where you have to choose between two things, both of which are unpleasant
    change/swap places (with somebody)
     
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    (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.
    give place to somebody/something
     
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    (formal) to be replaced by somebody/something synonym give way to Houses and factories gave place to open fields as the train gathered speed.
    somebody’s heart is in the right place
     
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    used to say that somebody’s intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thing
    if I was/were in your place
     
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    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.
    in the first, second, etc. place
     
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    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. place
     
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    in my, your, etc. situation I wouldn't like to be in your place.
    1. 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. 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. 3(North American English) = on the spot (3)
    in place of somebody/something, in somebody’s/something’s place
     
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     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.
    lightning never strikes (in the same place) twice
     
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    (saying) an unusual or unpleasant event is not likely to happen in the same place or to the same people twice
    not have a hair out of place
     
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    (of a person) to look extremely clean and neat
    1. 1  not in the correct place Some of these files seem to be out of place.
    2. 2  not suitable for a particular situation Her remarks were out of place. I felt completely out of place among all these successful people.
    a position in which you are comfortable or have an advantage over other people 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 mantelpiece.
    put somebody in their place
     
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    to make somebody 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 yourself in somebody else’s/somebody’s place
     
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    to imagine that you are in somebody else’s situation Of course I was upset—just put yourself in my 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 somebody’s/something’s place, take the place of somebody/something
     
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     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.
    1. 1to go to the physical position that is necessary for an activity Take your places for dinner.
    2. 2to take or accept the status in society that is correct or that you deserve
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: place