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place

noun (POSITION)    /pleɪs/
[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). → See also decimal placeGeneral location and orientation 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.Chairs and seats [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.Providing and serving meals B1 [C] a position in an organization, system, or competition: She's got a place at university She's got a place on (US in) a fine-arts course. Our team finished in second place. He took third place third place (= was the third to finish) in the marathon last year.Position and status in groups and organizations [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.Somewhere, anywhere, nowhere, or everywhere take place B1 to happen: The concert takes place next Thursday.Occurring and happening out of place C2 in the wrong place or looking wrong: The boy looked uncomfortable and out of place among the adults.Places and locationsUnpleasant places 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.Places and locationsUnpleasant places C2 organized: The arrangements are all in place for the concert next Thursday.Managing and organizing in place of sb/sth B2 instead of someone or something: You can use margarine in place of butter in some recipes.Replacing and exchanging take the place of sb/sth B2 to be used instead of someone or somethingReplacing and exchanging
(Definition of place noun (POSITION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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