From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplaceplace1 /pleɪs/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 area/space/building etc a space or area, for example a particular point on a surface or in a room, building, town, city etc Make sure you keep the key in a safe place. I’ve spent the day dashing about from place to place. The place was full of screaming children. He was threatening to burn the place down. She had never been back to the place where the accident happened. The theatre bar was our usual meeting place. We were living then in a place called Alberiga. The wall was quite damp in places (=in some places).place for This is a great place for a holiday.a place to do something I couldn’t find a place to park. Did the accident happen at your place of work (=the place where you work)? The Great Mosque has been a place of worship for Muslims for centuries.2 home informalHOME a house or apartment where someone lives They’ve got quite a big place on the outskirts of Leeds.somebody’s place Do you want to come back to my place for coffee? It took us ages to find a place to live. He’s staying with us until he can find a place of his own.► see thesaurus at home3 → take place4 space to sit or put something a space where someone can sit, or a space where you can put something I might arrive a bit late, so could you save me a place? There are still a few places left on the coach. Make sure you put everything back in its proper place.place for Can you find a good place for this vase?5 point in book/speech a point that you have reached in a book or a speech This would be a good place to stop and answer any questions that people have. I used a bookmark so that I wouldn’t lose my place (=forget the point that I had reached).6 opportunity to do something if someone has a place somewhere, they have the opportunity to go there or join in an activityplace in If you don’t come to training you might lose your place in the team. We’ve been trying to find her a place in a residential home.place on He was offered a place on the management committee. There are still a couple of places left on the course.place at I’ve been offered a place at York University. 7 role/position the role or important position that someone or something has in a situation or in societysomebody’s place the old idea that a woman’s place is in the homeplace in He finally reached the summit of Everest and secured his place in history. Working has a very important place in all our lives.8 → in place9 → in place of somebody/something10 → take the place of somebody/something11 → in somebody’s place12 → be no place for somebody13 → first/second/third etc place14 → in the first place15 → take second place (to somebody/something)16 → take your places17 → all over the place18 → put somebody in their place19 → out of place20 → it is not somebody’s place (to do something)21 → have no place22 → fall into place23 → be going places24 → be in a good/bad etc place → a/my/your etc happy place at happy(10), → have/take pride of place at pride1(7)• You use place when talking about a particular position or location. Place is always countable. You say: We visited some beautiful places.I found a place to put my boots. ✗Don't say: I found some place to put my boots.• You use space about the area that is available for doing something. In this meaning, space is uncountable.You say: We don't have enough space for a washing machine. ✗Don't say: We don't have enough place for a washing machine.You say: The children need more space to play. ✗Don't say: The children need more place to play.• You also use space about an area that you can use for doing something. In this meaning, space is countable: There are very few parking spaces left.I found a space at the back of the bus.• Someplace means ‘somewhere’ and is used especially in American English: I can't find my keys - I must have left them someplace. COLLOCATIONSphrasesa meeting placeThe club was a meeting place for musicians.a hiding placeHe had watched the farm workers from his hiding place.a resting place (=a place where someone or something stays or is buried)This tomb is the last resting place of the Davison family.somebody’s place of birth formalI need to know his date of birth, and his place of birth.somebody’s place of work/employment formalPlease give the address of your place of work.somebody’s place of residence formalBy law, you must inform us if you change your place of residence.somebody’s/something’s place of origin formal (=the place where someone or something first came from)I believe my mother's place of origin was Sierra Leone. a place of safetyHis young son had been sent away to a place of safety.a place of refuge (=somewhere safe to go or hide)If ever you need a place of refuge, come to us.a place of worshipThe church is much more than a place of worship.a place of pilgrimage (=one that people visit because it is special, usually for a religious reason)Her grave became a place of pilgrimage. THESAURUSplace a point or area, especially one that you visit or use for a particular purposeHe’s been to lots of places. a good meeting placeposition the exact place where someone or something is, in relation to other thingsShe showed me the position of the village on the map.I changed the position of the mirror slightly.Jessica moved to a position where she could see the stage better.point a particular place on a line or surfaceAt this point the path gets narrower.No cars are allowed beyond this point.spot a place, especially a particular kind of place, or a place where something happens. Spot sounds rather informalShe chose a sunny spot.The area is a favourite spot for windsurfers.This is the exact spot where I asked her to marry me.location a place where someone or something is, or where something happens. Location sounds more formal than placeyour exact locationThe prisoners were taken to an undisclosed location.an ideal location for a winter breaksite a place, especially one that will be used for a particular purpose, or where something important happenedthe site of a great battleThere are plans to develop the site for housing.The area has become a dumping site for nuclear waste.venue a place where something such as a meeting, concert, game etc takes placethe venue for the next Olympic GamesThe hotel is a popular wedding venue.scene the place where something bad such as an accident or crime happenedthe scene of the crime Ambulance crews were at the scene within minutes.setting the place and the area around it, where something is or where something happensThe hotel is in a beautiful setting.the setting for the film ‘A Room With a View’Beautiful gardens provide the perfect setting for outdoor dining.somewhere used for talking about a place when you are not sure exactly which placeShe came from somewhere in London.whereabouts the place where someone or something is – used especially when you do not know this or do not want to tell peopleThe whereabouts of the painting is unknown.He refused to disclose his whereabouts.I’m not sure about her whereabouts.
Examples from the Corpusplace• I was looking for a place to park the car.• If I get a place at Manchester, I'll take it.• Jenny has a place to study law at Exeter this year.• She was born in a place called Black River Falls.• I always asked his permission before taking a place next to him on the divan.• Sign your name on the list, and find yourself a place to sit.• The best place to walk is in the middle of the pavement.• I don't think there are enough places for everyone.• I know a good place to get your car serviced.• Jennifer quietly took her place at the table.• Even where links were still in place, their future remained uncertain.• Let's go back to my place for dinner.• Stuart bought a nice place over on Oak Street.• Studies show that students from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to be offered places at high-achieving schools.• Britain is one of the most highly populated places in the world.• a quiet, private place to read in• Are you sure this is the right place? I don't see Emma.• Always keep your passport in a safe place.• Keep your passport in a safe place.• Our safe places were attacked by hooligans, and the authorities looked the other way.• Words take second place to nonverbal cues, personal mannerisms, gestures, expressions, and overall appearance.• a sore place on my knee• Plant the daisies in a sunny place.• Before they were finished, the first charges went off and the place became a hornets' nest.• In spite of that, when they arrived, the place took hold of her.• To this place the young Athenians were each time taken and left to the Minotaur.• Manchester United go up two places after their win at Liverpool.• Nothing had been stolen, and all the CDs and tapes were in their usual places.in places• He regularly preached in the surrounding area in places such as Cleobury, Shifnal and Dudley.• Why can not money be spent on advertising the help available in places where the homeless gather?• One of the things they do in places like Bullens Creek is form dinner clubs.• Bluestem is what used to grow everywhere farther east, in places like Iowa.• When the thaw comes, pay attention to how your yard is draining, especially in places where water accumulates.• Rewarding success works even in places where most governments have given up.• But many of the layers of sediment are not at all uniform and may be relatively thin in places.• His hair was a little white in places and he found it difficult talking to people.somebody’s place• Gerard was in his usual place by the fire when I reached the pub.• The children took their places, and the teacher began calling the roll. place for• I never really marked off a place for myself within the family.• I think this was the most depressing place for learning that I have seen anywhere.• To give him his due, Sorley had picked a good place for his sneak preview of Patterson's mail.• Britain, with its growing traffic problems, seems an ideal place for the onset of this revolution.• The hospital becomes a very important place for them it is their babies home.• If not, come back to my place for a drink.• The Oval is hardly the place for such expressions, but Feeleyand the President had a good relationship.lose ... place• They were worried about losing their place on the pedestal they erected and scaled themselves.• The Unitarians, stay-at-homes near Boston, saw the size of their movement crest early and lose relative place.• Leighton joined Dundee in February, helping them gain promotion to the Premier Division before losing his place early this season.• She was slowed down only momentarily and did not lose her place in the formation.• By the time Mayhew was ready to become a pastor, the ministry was beginning to lose its place of honor.• Suddenly, we've lost our place.• If their ruling is upheld, Penny will lose points and places.• But a 2-0 defeat would lose them their place in the Wembley final.place in• Some people believe religion has no place in the schools. placeplace2 ●●○ S3 W2 verb 1 position [transitive always + adverb/preposition]PUT to put something somewhere, especially with care SYN put She poured the doctor a cup of tea and placed it on the table. He carefully placed the folder back in his desk drawer.► see thesaurus at put2 situation [transitive always + adverb/preposition]CAUSE to put someone or something in a particular situation SYN put The government is being placed under pressure to give financial help to farmers. Children must not be placed at risk. Some areas of the city have been placed under curfew. This places me in a very difficult position.3 in a job/home [transitive] formalBEJOB/WORK to find a suitable job or home for someone Some unemployed people can be very difficult to place. He was later placed with a foster family.4 arrange something [transitive]DGG to arrange for something to be done He placed an advertisement in the local paper. You can place orders by telephone. I had no idea which horse I should place a bet on.5 how good/important [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to say how good or important you think someone or something is I would place health quite high on my list of priorities.place somebody/something above/before somebody/something Some museums seem to place profit above education. 6 → place value/importance/emphasis etc on something7 → can’t place somebody8 → be well/ideally etc placed9 → be placed first/second etc→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusplace• For 100-to-200-page pieces, place a summary after each major section.• The value of the jewels has been placed at one million dollars.• In paper chromatography, the solid phase is paper on which the sample is placed directly.• When families place elderly relatives into residential care, a similar feeling of guilt is often apparent.• Every week someone comes and places fresh flowers on her grave.• Guivier's discoveries placed him at the cutting edge of medical research.• Pallan's latest win places him in the top ten players in Ohio.• Winters placed his hand on my arm, holding me back.• Food is placed in a large cage, and when the animal enters, the door drops down.• The temp agency was trying to place me with a law firm.• A secondary emphasis was to be placed on traffic between Berlin and Tokyo.• Place some lemon slices on the fish before serving it.• If they are not going to fit into school then they must be placed somewhere more suitable.• I complicate the test as follows: I place the coin in my hand, then my hand under the cushion.• He felt that Jordan's mistakes had placed the family in great danger.• Her big-boned body felt clumsy and she placed the tray on the coffee table with a loud clatter.• At the age of five, Matthew was placed with a foster family.placed ... advertisement• Spooky ... Switching to a smaller scale, we placed advertisements in South London newsagents.• Neild placed advertisements in the newspapers appealing for donations.From Longman Business Dictionaryplaceplace1 /pleɪs/ verb [transitive]1place an order (with somebody)COMMERCE to ask a shop or business to provide goodsThe airline has placed a large order for jets with Boeing.2place an order (with somebody)FINANCE to ask a BROKER to buy shares, bonds etc for youA speculator placed a large order for stock but couldn’t afford to pay for it.3FINANCE if a financial institution acting for a company places its shares, bonds etc, they manage to sell them to investorsIt easily placed the 16 million shares in the bank.place with25% of the firm’s shares will be placed with institutional investors.4place somebody in a jobHUMAN RESOURCES if an organization such as an EMPLOYMENT AGENCY places someone in a job, they find a job for themThe agency is not paid until the individual is placed in a job and holds it for a set amount of time.5place an ad/advertisementMARKETING to arrange for an advertisement to appear in a newspaperHe wanted to sell his car, so he placed an ad in the ‘Auto Trader’. 6place a (telephone) call (to somebody) to give a telephone OPERATOR the number of a person you want to speak to, so that they can connect youHe went to the hotel to place two telephone calls, one local and one to London.7place a business in/under receivership to ask a court of law to officially say that a company cannot continue to operate normally because of its financial difficultiesCreditor banks are considering cutting off assistance and forcing the company to be placed under receivership.→ See Verb tableplaceplace2 noun [countable]1place of work/employment formalHUMAN RESOURCES the office, factory etc where you workOur place of work provides us with a base for social interaction.2take place to happen, especially after being planned or arrangedThe meeting took place on 5th May.3in somebody’s place if you do something in someone’s place, you do it instead of them because they cannot do itJohn Hudson is away that week, so I will be attending the course in his place.4be going places informal to start becoming successfulThe market had just started to look as if it was going places when the crash came along.5in high places in positions of power or authoritycorruption in high placesOrigin place1 (900-1000) Old French “open space”, from Latin platea “broad street”, from Greek plateia (hodos), from platys “broad, flat”