1. Any portion of space regarded as measured off or distinct from all other space, or appropriated to some definite object or use; position; ground; site; spot; rarely, unbounded space.
Here is the place appointed. --Shak.
What place can be for us
Within heaven's bound? --Milton.
The word place has sometimes a more confused sense, and stands for that space which any body takes up; and so the universe is a place. --Locke.
2. A broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or short part of a street open only at one end. “Hangman boys in the market place.”
3. A position which is occupied and held; a dwelling; a mansion; a village, town, or city; a fortified town or post; a stronghold; a region or country.
Are you native of this place? --Shak.
4. Rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement, dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or position; condition; also, official station; occupation; calling. “The enervating magic of place.”
Men in great place are thrice servants. --Bacon.
I know my place as I would they should do theirs. --Shak.
5. Vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure or removal of another being or thing being implied). “In place of Lord Bassanio.”
6. A definite position or passage of a document.
The place of the scripture which he read was this. --Acts viii. 32.
7. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding; as, he said in the first place.
8. Reception; effect; -- implying the making room for.
My word hath no place in you. --John viii. 37.
9. Astron. Position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body; -- usually defined by its right ascension and declination, or by its latitude and longitude.
10. Racing The position of first, second, or third at the finish, esp. the second position. In betting, to win a bet on a horse for place it must, in the United States, finish first or second, in England, usually, first, second, or third.
Place of arms Mil., a place calculated for the rendezvous of men in arms, etc., as a fort which affords a safe retreat for hospitals, magazines, etc. --Wilhelm.
High place Script., a mount on which sacrifices were offered. “Him that offereth in the high place.” --Jer. xlviii. 35.
In place, in proper position; timely.
Out of place, inappropriate; ill-timed; as, his remarks were out of place.
Place kick Football, the act of kicking the ball after it has been placed on the ground.
Place name, the name of a place or locality. --London Academy.
To give place, to make room; to yield; to give way; to give advantage. “Neither give place to the devil.” --Eph. iv. 27. “Let all the rest give place.” --Shak.
To have place, to have a station, room, or seat; as, such desires can have no place in a good heart.
To take place. (a) To come to pass; to occur; as, the ceremony will not take place. (b) To take precedence or priority. --Addison. (c) To take effect; to prevail. “If your doctrine takes place.” --Berkeley. “But none of these excuses would take place.” --Spenser.
To take the place of, to be substituted for.
Syn: -- Situation; seat; abode; position; locality; location; site; spot; office; employment; charge; function; trust; ground; room; stead.
Place v. t. [imp. & p. p. Placed p. pr. & vb. n. Placing ]
1. To assign a place to; to put in a particular spot or place, or in a certain relative position; to direct to a particular place; to fix; to settle; to locate; as, to place a book on a shelf; to place balls in tennis.
Syn: -- Put.
Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown. --Shak.
2. To put or set in a particular rank, office, or position; to surround with particular circumstances or relations in life; to appoint to certain station or condition of life; as, in whatever sphere one is placed.
Place such over them to be rulers. --Ex. xviii. 21.
3. To put out at interest; to invest; to loan; as, to place money in a bank.
4. To set; to fix; to repose; as, to place confidence in a friend. “My resolution 's placed.”
5. To attribute; to ascribe; to set down.
Place it for her chief virtue. --Shak.
6. Racing To determine or announce the place of at the finish. Usually, in horse racing only the first three horses are placed officially.
7. Rugby Football To place-kick ( a goal).
8. to recognize or identify (a person). [Colloq. U.S.]
n 1: a point located with respect to surface features of some
region; "this is a nice place for a picnic" [syn: topographic
2: any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this
place?"; "the president was concerned about the property
across from the White House" [syn: property]
3: an abstract mental location; "he has a special place in my
thoughts"; "a place in my heart"; "a political system with
no place for the less prominent groups"
4: a general vicinity; "He comes from a place near Chicago"
5: the function or position properly or customarily occupied or
served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his
place"; "in lieu of" [syn: stead, position, lieu]
6: a particular situation; "If you were in my place what would
you do?" [syn: shoes]
7: where you live at a particular time; "deliver the package to
my home"; "he doesn't have a home to go to"; "your place
or mine?" [syn: home]
8: a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the
treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, spot,
9: the particular portion of space occupied by a physical
object; "he put the lamp back in its place" [syn: position]
10: proper or designated social situation; "he overstepped his
place"; "the responsibilities of a man in his station";
"married above her station" [syn: station]
11: a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train
or airplane); "he booked their seats in advance"; "he sat
in someone else's place" [syn: seat]
12: the passage that is being read; "he lost his place on the
13: proper or appropriate position or location; "a woman's place
is no longer in the kitchen"
14: a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm
Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place" [syn: plaza, piazza]
15: an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place";
"moved from third to fifth position" [syn: position]
16: a blank area; "write your name in the space provided" [syn:
space, blank space]
v 1: put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your
things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the
scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a
certain point" [syn: put, set, pose, position, lay]
2: place somebody in a particular situation or location; "he
was placed on probation"
3: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food
guide" [syn: rate, rank, range, order, grade]
4: assign a location to; "The company located some of their
agents in Los Angeles" [syn: locate, site]
5: to arrange for; "place a phone call", "place a bet"
6: take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal;
"Jerry came in third in the Marathon" [syn: come in, come
7: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed
his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism
directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards
others, not towards yourself" [syn: target, aim, direct,
8: recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or
something; "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
9: assign to (a job or a home)
10: locate; "The film is set in Africa" [syn: set, localize,
11: estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M." [syn: put,
12: identify the location or place of; "We localized the source
of the infection" [syn: localize, localise]
13: make an investment; "Put money into bonds" [syn: invest, put,
commit] [ant: divest]
14: assign to a station [syn: station, post, base, send]
15: finish second or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2
on number six to place"
16: sing a note with the correct pitch