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Meaning of "place" in Essential English Dictionary

place

noun   /pleɪs/
A1 a position, building, town, area, etc.: His leg was broken in two places. Edinburgh would be a nice place to live. What a stupid place to park!
A2 informal someone’s home: They just bought a place near the lake.
take place
B1 to happen: The meeting will take place next week.
in first, second, etc. place
B1 If you are in first, second, etc. place in a race or competition, that is your position when you finish: He finished in fifth place.
B1 your seat or position in a theatre, train, queue, etc.: The children collected their prizes and then went back to their places. Do you want to trade places with me (= move so that you are in my place and I am in yours)?
all over the place
in many different places: There was blood all over the place. I knocked over my glass and wine spilled all over the place.
take someone’s place
to do something instead of someone else: If I can’t go to the show tonight, will you take my place?
in the first place
used to talk about whether something mentioned should have been done or not: Why did you invite her in the first place?
in place of something
instead of something: I use honey in place of sugar in my tea.
B1 UK an opportunity to study at a college, to join a team, etc.: She got a place at Oxford. He got a place in the team.
(Definition of place noun from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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