What does Place mean?

Definitions for Place

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Place.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. topographic point, place, spotnoun

    a point located with respect to surface features of some region

    "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"

  2. place, propertynoun

    any area set aside for a particular purpose

    "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"

  3. placenoun

    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. placenoun

    a general vicinity

    "He comes from a place near Chicago"

  5. stead, position, place, lieunoun

    the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

    "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"

  6. place, shoesnoun

    a particular situation

    "If you were in my place what would you do?"

  7. home, placenoun

    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?"

  8. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situationnoun

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  9. position, placenoun

    the particular portion of space occupied by something

    "he put the lamp back in its place"

  10. place, stationnoun

    proper or designated social situation

    "he overstepped his place"; "the responsibilities of a man in his station"; "married above her station"

  11. seat, placenoun

    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"

  12. placenoun

    the passage that is being read

    "he lost his place on the page"

  13. placenoun

    proper or appropriate position or location

    "a woman's place is no longer in the kitchen"

  14. plaza, place, piazzanoun

    a public square with room for pedestrians

    "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"

  15. place, positionnoun

    an item on a list or in a sequence

    "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position"

  16. space, blank space, placeverb

    a blank area

    "write your name in the space provided"

  17. put, set, place, pose, position, layverb

    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"

  18. placeverb

    place somebody in a particular situation or location

    "he was placed on probation"

  19. rate, rank, range, order, grade, placeverb

    assign a rank or rating to

    "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

  20. locate, place, siteverb

    assign a location to

    "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles"

  21. placeverb

    to arrange for

    "place a phone call"; "place a bet"

  22. place, come in, come outverb

    take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal

    "Jerry came in third in the Marathon"

  23. target, aim, place, direct, pointverb

    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"

  24. identify, placeverb

    recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something

    "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"

  25. placeverb

    assign to (a job or a home)

  26. set, localize, localise, placeverb


    "The film is set in Africa"

  27. place, put, setverb


    "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."

  28. place, localize, localiseverb

    identify the location or place of

    "We localized the source of the infection"

  29. invest, put, commit, placeverb

    make an investment

    "Put money into bonds"

  30. station, post, send, placeverb

    assign to a station

  31. placeverb

    finish second or better in a horse or dog race

    "he bet $2 on number six to place"

  32. placeverb

    sing a note with the correct pitch


  1. placenoun

    A location or position.

  2. placenoun

    An open space, courtyard, market square.

  3. placenoun

    A group of houses.

    They live in Westminster Place.

  4. placenoun

    A region of a land.

    He is going back to his native place on vacation.

  5. placenoun

    Somewhere for a person to sit.

    We asked the restaurant to give us a table with three places.

  6. placenoun

    A frame of mind.

    I'm in a strange place at the moment.

  7. placenoun

    A house or home.

    Do you want to come over to my place later?

  8. placenoun

    A role or purpose; a station.

    It is really not my place to say what is right and wrong in this case.

  9. placenoun

    Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.

  10. placeverb

    To put (an object or person) in a specific location.

    He placed the glass on the table.

  11. placeverb

    To earn a given spot in a competition.

    The win against the Mets placed the Cowboys in third place in the league.

  12. placeverb

    To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.

    I've seen him before, but I can't quite place where.

  13. placeverb

    To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.

    Run Ragged was placed fourth in the race.

  14. placeverb

    To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.

  15. placeverb

    To arrange for or to make (a bet).

    I placed ten dollars on the Lakers beating the Bulls.

  16. placeverb

    To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.

    They phoned hoping to place her in the management team.

  17. placenoun

    The position of a contestant in a competition.

    We thought we would win but only ended up in fourth place.

  18. placenoun

    The position as a member of a sports team.

    He lost his place in the national team.

  19. Etymology: From place, from plæse, plætse, plæce, from platea, from πλατεῖα, shortening of πλατεῖα ὁδός. Reinforced in Middle English by place. Displaced native lough, loogh, loȝ (from loh), stede (from stede), stowe (from stow).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PLACEnoun

    Etymology: place, Fr. piazza, Italian; from platea, Lat.

    Search you out a place to pitch your tents. Deut. i. 33.

    We accept it always and in all places. Acts xxiv. 3.

    Here I could frequent
    With worship, place by place, where he vouchsaf’d
    Presence divine. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    I will teach him the names of the most celebrated persons, who frequent that place. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 107.

    Place is the relation of distance betwixt any thing, and any two or more points considered as keeping the same distance one with another; and so as at rest: it has sometimes a more confused sense, and stands for that space which any body takes up. John Locke.

    The earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. Revelations xx. 11.

    All bodies are confin’d within some place;
    But she all place within herself confines. Davies.

    In his brain
    He hath strange places cram’d with observation. William Shakespeare.

    The Romans shall take away both our place and nation. Jo.

    Saul set him up a place, and is gone down to Gilgal. 1 Sam.

    Hosea saith of the Jews, they have reigned, but not by me; which place proveth, that there are governments which God doth not avow. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    I could not pass by this place, without giving this short explication. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    What scripture doth plainly deliver, to that the first place both of credit and obedience is due. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 8.

    Let the eye be satisfied in the first place, even against all other reasons, and let the compass be rather in your eyes than in your hands. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    We shall extinguish this melancholy thought, of our being overlooked by our maker, if we consider, in the first place, that he is omnipresent; and, in the second, that he is omniscient. Spectator, №. 565.

    I know him a notorious liar;
    Think him a great way fool, solely a coward;
    Yet these fix’d evils sit so fit in him,
    That they take place, when virtue’s steely bones
    Look bleak in the cold wind. William Shakespeare.

    These fair overtures, made by men well esteemed for honest dealing, could take no place. John Hayward.

    They are defects, not in the heart, but in the brain; for they take place in the stoutest natures. Francis Bacon.

    With faults confess’d commission’d her to go,
    If pity yet had place, and reconcile her foe. Dryden.

    Where arms take place, all other pleas are vain;
    Love taught me force, and force shall love maintain. Dryden.

    To the joy of mankind, the unhappy omen took not place. John Dryden, Fables. Dedication to his.

    Somewhat may be invented, perhaps more excellent than the first design; though Virgil must be still excepted, when that perhaps takes not place. John Dryden, Ovid. Preface to.

    Mixt government, partaking of the known forms received in the schools, is by no means of Gothick invention, but hath place in nature and reason. Jonathan Swift.

    It is stupidly foolish to venture our salvation upon an experiment, which we have all the reason imaginable to think God will not suffer to take place. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The heavens themselves, the planets, and this center
    Observe degree, priority and place. William Shakespeare.

    Do you think I’d walk in any plot,
    Where Madam Sempronia should take place of me,
    And Fulvia come i’ the rear. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    There would be left no measures of credible and incredible, if doubtful propositions take place before self-evident. John Locke.

    As a British freeholder, I should not scruple taking place of a French marquis. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Do you your office, or give up your place,
    And you shall well be spared. William Shakespeare.

    If I’m traduc’d by tongues that neither know
    My faculties nor person;
    ’Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake
    That virtue must go through. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The horsemen came to Lodronius, as unto the most valiant captain, beseeching him, instead of their treacherous general, to take upon him the place. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    Is not the bishop’s bill deny’d,
    And we still threaten’d to be try’d?
    You see the king embraces
    Those counsels he approv’d before;
    Nor doth he promise, which is more,
    That we shall have their places. John Denham.

    Pensions in private were the senate’s aim;
    And patriots for a place abandon’d fame. Samuel Garth.

    Some magistrates are contented, that their places should adorn them; and some study to adorn their places, and reflect back the lustre they receive from thence. Francis Atterbury.

    Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath. Romans xii. 19.

    He took a stride, and to his fellows cry’d,
    Give place, and mark the diff’rence if you can,
    Between a woman warrior and a man. Dryden.

    Victorious York did first, with fam’d success,
    To his known valour, make the Dutch give place. Dryd.

    The rustick honours of the scythe and share,
    Give place to swords and plumes the pride of war. Dryd.

    Ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. Jo. viii. 37.

    There is no place of doubting, but that it was the very same. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

  2. To Placeverb

    Etymology: placer, Fr. from the noun.

    Place such over them to be rulers. Ex. xviii. 21.

    He placed forces in all the fenced cities. 2 Chro. xvii. 2.

    Those accusations had been more reasonable, if placed on inferior persons. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    God or nature has not any where placed any such jurisdiction in the first born. John Locke.

    ’Twas his care
    To place on good security his gold. Alexander Pope.


  1. place

    A place is a specific area or location with a distinct and identifiable physical or conceptual existence. It can refer to a position or area occupied or intended for occupation by a person or object. Places can be characterized by their geographical, cultural, social, or symbolic attributes, and they play a significant role in shaping human experiences, interactions, and identity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Placenoun

    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

  2. Placenoun

    a broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or short part of a street open only at one end

  3. Placenoun

    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

  4. Placenoun

    rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement, dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or position; condition; also, official station; occupation; calling

  5. Placenoun

    vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure or removal of another being or thing being implied)

  6. Placenoun

    a definite position or passage of a document

  7. Placenoun

    ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding; as, he said in the first place

  8. Placenoun

    reception; effect; -- implying the making room for

  9. Placenoun

    position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body; -- usually defined by its right ascension and declination, or by its latitude and longitude

  10. Placenoun

    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

  11. Placenoun

    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

  12. Placenoun

    to put out at interest; to invest; to loan; as, to place money in a bank

  13. Placenoun

    to set; to fix; to repose; as, to place confidence in a friend

  14. Placenoun

    to attribute; to ascribe; to set down


  1. Place

    The United States Census Bureau defines the term place as a concentration of population. The types of places defined by the Census Bureau are incorporated places, such as a city, town or village, and census designated place, which resembles a city, town or village but lacks its own government. The concentration of population must have a name, be locally recognized, and not be part of any other place. Places typically have a residential nucleus, a closely spaced street pattern and frequently have commercial or other urban types of land use. Incorporated places are defined by the laws of the states that they are in. The Census Bureau designates criteria for delineating CDPs. A small settlement in the open countryside or the densely settled fringe of a large city may not be a place as defined by the Census Bureau. As of the 1990 Census, only 26% of the people in the United States lived outside of places.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Place

    plās, n. a broad way in a city: an open space used for a particular purpose: a particular locality: a town: room to dwell, sit, or stand in: the position held by anybody, employment, office, a situation: a mansion with its grounds: proper position or dignity, priority in such: stead: passage in a book: a topic, matter of discourse: in sporting contests, position among the first three.—v.t. to put in any place or condition: to find a home for: to settle: to lend: invest: to ascribe.—n. Place′-hunt′er, one who seeks eagerly official position or public office.—adj. Place′less, without place or office.—ns. Place′man, one who has a place or office under a government:—pl. Place′men; Place′ment, placing or setting; Place′-mong′er, one who traffics in appointments to places; Place′-name, the name of a place or locality: a local name; Plac′er.—Give place, to make room, to yield; Have place, to have existence; In place, in position: opportune; Out of place, inappropriate, unseasonable; Take place, to come to pass: to take precedence of. [Fr.,—L. platea, a broad street—Gr. plateia, a street—platys, broad.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. place

    A fortress, especially its main body.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. place

    In fortification, signifies, in general terms, a fortified town, a fortress; hence we say it is a strong place.

Editors Contribution

  1. place

    A specific point or space.

    The place was known on the map and was regularly visited.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PLACE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Place is ranked #4862 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Place surname appeared 7,251 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Place.

    93.4% or 6,773 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 184 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 119 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 83 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 63 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Place' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #184

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Place' in Written Corpus Frequency: #297

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Place' in Nouns Frequency: #25

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Place' in Verbs Frequency: #149

Anagrams for Place »

  1. capel

  2. caple

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Place in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Place in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Place in a Sentence

  1. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    Home is a sacred place within the mind, when you are there what is wonderful is normality.

  2. Mick Jagger:

    I am glad they're doing that because they're the ones that are going to inherit the planet, we're in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the U.S. where all the environmental controls that were put in place, that perhaps were just about adequate say for the last 10 years, are being rolled back by the current administration, so much that they will be wiped out.

  3. Luigi Pirandello:

    A fact is like a sack -- it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.

  4. Daniel Chambers:

    There is too much uncertainty on the pound. A headline can take out all the reason why you bought the currency in the first place on fundamental views.

  5. White House:

    If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy, you're looking in the wrong place.

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Translations for Place

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مكان, وضعArabic
  • ме́сцаBelarusian
  • мя́стоBulgarian
  • lloc, col·locarCatalan, Valencian
  • místo, umístit, zařaditCzech
  • stedDanish
  • Platz, Stelle, Position, Sitzplatz, Ort, Sitz, Bude, stellen, plazieren, einordnenGerman
  • τόπος, τοποθεσία, χώρος, πλατεία, θέση, περιοχή, μέρος, σημείοGreek
  • lokoEsperanto
  • puesto, casa, lugar, posición, asiento, sitio, plaza, poner, colocarse, entonar, apostar, clasificarse, situar, colocar, contratarSpanish
  • istekoht, koht, plats, paikEstonian
  • محل, جایگاه, مقام, پست, جا, جایPersian
  • paikka, aukio, paikkakunta, kämppä, tehtävä, asia, talot, sija, laittaa, asettaa, sjoittua, paikantaa, sijoittaa, panna, sijoittua, laulaa oikeinFinnish
  • lieu, endroit, place, placer, arriver, faire, poser, se placer, mettreFrench
  • plakWestern Frisian
  • plás, áitIrish
  • ionad, àiteScottish Gaelic
  • lugarGalician
  • מיקום, אזור, בית, מקום, מצב, מיקם, הגיעHebrew
  • जगहHindi
  • andwa, koteHaitian Creole
  • hely, tér, férőhely, ülőhely, helyezni, tenniHungarian
  • տեղArmenian
  • lokoIdo
  • posto, posizione, luogo, piazza, posare, collocare, mettereItalian
  • מקוםHebrew
  • 位置, 役割, 身分, 場所, 職, 空間, 場, 市場, 感覚, 家, 境遇, 環境, 役目, 仕事, 桁, 地位, 役職, 所, 余地, 広場, 団地, 地方, 席, 居場所, 立場, 定まる, 就職させる, 配置, 置く, 付ける, 収める, 入賞する, 思い当たる, なる, つく, 決まる, 賭ける, 任命, 職を与える, 入れる, 定める, 割り当てるJapanese
  • ადგილი, მოედანი, მდებარეობა, ადგილ-მდებარეობაGeorgian
  • ಸ್ಥಳKannada
  • 장소, 곳, 두다Korean
  • جێگه, der, cih, شوێنKurdish
  • positio, platea, locus, status, forum, locōLatin
  • vieta, aikštė, padėtiLithuanian
  • vieta, sēdvieta, likt, nolikt, iecelt, iekārtotLatvian
  • wāhi, panga, whakaawe, whakatakotoMāori
  • ме́сто, пласира, става, сместуваMacedonian
  • газарMongolian
  • tempatMalay
  • plein, huis, thuis, tehuis, plaats, huizen, positie, posities, plaatsenDutch
  • sted, plass, posisjon, rolle, ståsted, plassere seg, plassere, sette, treffeNorwegian
  • luec, luòcOccitan
  • miejsce, placPolish
  • ځایPashto, Pushto
  • lugar, posição, praça, região, casa, algarismo, local, vila, área, mentalidade, assento, papel, colocar, pôr, chegar, obter, cantar, apostar, contratar, classificar-se, lembrar-se, entoar, Lugar, colocarPortuguese
  • churayQuechua
  • liug, liac, plaz, li, lö, lieu, plazzaRomansh
  • pătrat, loc, piață, puneRomanian
  • ме́сто, дом, жили́ще, пози́ция, пло́щадь, до́лжность, положе́ние, положить, помещать, поместить, класть, ставить, поставитьRussian
  • locu, loguSardinian
  • mjesto, место, mesto, gajba, мјестоSerbo-Croatian
  • miestoSlovak
  • mésto, tŕg, kràj, sédežSlovene
  • vendAlbanian
  • säte, gård, plats, post, sittplats, ställe, placering, torg, skaffa, lägga, placera, sätta, anställning, utnämna, erinra, ställaSwedish
  • pahali, mahailSwahili
  • స్థలము, నివాసాలు, గృహాలు, జాగా, ఇల్లు, ఎదురు నిలుచు, సభ్యత్వము, బహిరంగ ప్రదేశం, ఇళ్ళు, స్థానము, చోటు, నిలబడుట, జ్ఞప్తికి వచ్చు, పందెము, సాధించు, స్వరశుద్ధమైన పాట, నిర్ణీత ప్రదేశంలో ఉంచు, తగని నియామకంTelugu
  • บริเวณThai
  • турTatar
  • мі́сцеUkrainian
  • جگہUrdu
  • nơi, địa điểmVietnamese
  • plaece, djîsseWalloon
  • אָרטYiddish
  • 地点Chinese

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    cloth coverings wrapped around something (as a wound or a baby)
    A omphalos
    B hypostatization
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