Translation of "place" - English-French dictionary


noun /pleis/

a particular spot or area

a quiet place in the country
I spent my holiday in various different places.

an empty space

There’s a place for your books on this shelf.

an area or building with a particular purpose

a market-place.

a seat (in a theatre, train, at a table etc)

He went to his place and sat down.

a position in an order, series, queue etc

She got the first place in the competition
I lost my place in the queue.

a person’s position or level of importance in society etc

Warriors rose to an important place in Aztec society.

a point in the text of a book etc

The wind was blowing the pages of my book and I kept losing my place.

duty or right

It’s not my place to tell him he’s wrong.

a job or position in a team, organization etc

He’s got a place in the team
He’s hoping for a place on the staff.

house; home

chez soi
Come over to my place.

(often abbreviated to Pl.when written) a word used in the names of certain roads, streets or squares.


a number or one of a series of numbers following a decimal point

place décimale
Make the answer correct to four decimal places.
place-name noun

the name of a town, hill, valley etc.

nom de lieu
go places

to be successful, especially in one’s career

aller loin
That young man is sure to go places.
in the first/second etc place

expressions used to show steps in an argument, explanation etc

He decided not to buy the house, because in the first place it was too expensive, and in the second place it was too far from his office.
in place

in the proper position; tidy

en place, à sa place
He left everything in place.
in place of

instead of

au lieu de, à (sa) place
We advise discussion in place of argument
John couldn’t go, so I went in his place.
out of place

not suitable (to the occasion etc)

His clothes are quite out of place at a formal dinner.

not in the proper position; untidy

Although he had had to run most of the way, he arrived with not a hair out of place.
put oneself in someone else’s place

to imagine what it would be like to be someone else

se mettre à la place de
If you put yourself in his place, you can understand why he is so careful.
put (someone) in his/her place

to remind (someone), often in a rude or angry way, of his lower social position, or lack of importance, experience etc

remettre (qqn) à sa place
She put him in his place with a stern telling-off.
take place

to happen

se passer
What took place after that?
take the place of

to be used instead of, or to be a substitute for

I don’t think television will ever take the place of books.

(Translation of “place” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)