Meaning of “place” - Learner’s Dictionary

place

verb uk us /pleɪs/
place sth in/on, etc

B2 to put something somewhere carefully:

She placed a large dish in front of me.

[ T ] to cause someone to be in a situation:

One stupid action has placed us all at risk.
can't place sb

to not be able to remember who someone is or where you have met them:

I recognize her face, but I can't quite place her.
place an advertisement/bet/order, etc

to arrange to have an advertisement/bet/order, etc

place emphasis/importance, etc on sth

to give something emphasis/importance, etc:

They place a lot of importance on qualifications.

(Definition of “place verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)