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"place" in British English

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placenoun

uk   /pleɪs/ us   /pleɪs/
  • place noun (AREA)

A1 [C] an area, town, building, etc.: Her garden was a cool pleasant place to sit. What was the name of that place we drove through on the way to New York? They decided to go to a pizza place. There are several places of interest to visit in the area. It's important to feel comfortable in your place of work.
A2 [C] informal a home: I'm looking for a place to live. We'll have the meeting at my place.
[S] a suitable area, building, situation, or occasion: University is a great place for making new friends. [+ to infinitive] This meeting isn't the place to discuss your problems, I'm afraid.

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  • place noun (POSITION)

[C] a position in relation to other things or people: His leg was broken in two places. When you've finished, put the book back in its place on the shelf. This plant needs a warm, sunny place. Will you keep my place (in the queue) (= allow me to come back to the same position)? She spoke to me and I lost my place in the book (= I forgot where I had been reading).
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B1 [C] the seat you will sit in on a particular occasion, or the seat where you usually sit, in the theatre, a class, a train, etc.: My ticket says 6G but there's someone sitting in my place. The children collected their prizes and then went back to their places. Save me a place (= keep a seat for me until I arrive) near the front.
[C] the space at a table where one person will sit and eat, usually with a plate and knives, forks, and spoons arranged on it: The waiter showed us to our places and gave us each a menu. He laid six places at the table.
B1 [C] a position in an organization, system, or competition: She's got a place at universityUK She's got a place on a fine-arts course.US She's got a place in a fine-arts course. Our team finished in second place. He took third place (= was the third to finish) in the marathon last year.
[C] US used after words such as "any" and "some" as a different way of saying "anywhere", "somewhere", etc.: I know I left that book some place - now, where was it? That bar was like no place I'd ever been before.
take place
B1 to happen: The concert takes place next Thursday.
out of place
C2 in the wrong place or looking wrong: The boy looked uncomfortable and out of place among the adults.
in place
C2 If something is in place, it is in its usual or correct position: The chairs are all in place. He screwed the shelf in place.
C2 organized: The arrangements are all in place for the concert next Thursday.
in place of sb/sth
B2 instead of someone or something: You can use margarine in place of butter in some recipes.
take the place of sb/sth
B2 to be used instead of someone or something

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placeverb

uk   /pleɪs/ us   /pleɪs/
  • place verb (POSITION)

B2 [I or T] to put something in a particular position: She placed the letter in front of me. She placed her name on the list of volunteers. I'd place him among the ten most brilliant scientists of his age. [+ obj + adj ] The horse was placed first/second/third in its first race (= finished the race in first/second/third position).
place an advertisement, bet, order, etc.
C1 to arrange to have an advertisement, bet, order, etc.: We placed the order for the furniture six weeks ago. They were placing bets (= gambling) on who would win.
place emphasis, importance, etc. on sth
C2 to give something emphasis, importance, etc.: She placed the emphasis on the word "soon" in order to make sure was understood. He placed importance on a comfortable lifestyle (= it was important to him).
[T] to find someone a job: The students are placed in/with companies for a period of work experience.

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(Definition of place from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"place" in American English

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placenoun

us   /pleɪs/
  • place noun (AREA)

[C] an area, a building, or a city, town, or village: Airports are usually busy places. Larchmont is a nice place to live.
[C] Your place is your home: We can meet at my place.
[C] A place is also an area or building used for a specific purpose: a place of worship
  • place noun (POSITION)

[C] a particular position: That’s the best place for the piano. The librarian put the book back in its place (= in the right position).
[C] A place is also a space for a person, as in a theater, at a table, or in a line: Will you hold my place in line for a minute?
in place
If plans are in place, they have been made: I think everything’s in place for the wedding.
in place
In place can also be used to talk about something that is being used now: The new building code will replace the rules that are currently in place.
  • place noun (RANK)

[C] the rank someone or something has: Our team finished in second place.
  • place noun (JOB)

[C] a job, or a position in an organization, at a school, etc.: Ann just got a place at Yale.
  • place noun (DUTY)

[U] a person’s duty or position of authority: [+ to infinitive] It’s not your place to tell me what to do.

placeverb

us   /pleɪs/
  • place verb (RECOGNIZE)

[T] to recognize someone or something because of memory or past experience: She looks familiar, but I can’t place her.
  • place verb (PUT)

[T] to put someone in a situation: They placed him in a nursing home. She was placed under arrest.
  • place verb (INVEST)

[T] to invest or risk money: They placed a significant amount in stocks.
  • place verb (GIVE)

[T] to arrange to get something by telling someone who will supply it: I placed an order for three CDs.
(Definition of place from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"place" in Business English

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placeverb [T]

uk   /pleɪs/ us  
to do the things necessary to make something happen: place an advertisement/order Orders can be placed by phone or via the website. The President placed calls to several world leaders to discuss the crisis.
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE to find buyers for shares when they are made available for sale: place sth with sth Brokers BZW place shares in the company with various institutional investors.
HR to find a job for someone to do for a short period so that they can get some work experience: The college placed him with a software firm for a month.

placenoun [C]

uk   /pleɪs/ us  
an area, building, room, etc. that is used for a particular purpose: Trade fairs and exhibitions remain a common meeting place for retail buyers and suppliers. He qualified for redundancy on the basis that the new hours and place of work would be a change to his terms and conditions.
in place
done and ready to be used: The details of the deal aren't in place yet.
in sb's place
instead of someone else: When her manager fell ill, she was asked to attend the sales conference in his place.
be going places
to behave or work in a way that shows you will soon become successful: Although it was a young company, it was obvious that it was going places.
take place
to happen: The handover to the new owners will take place in July. The historic meeting took place in New York.
(Definition of place from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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