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noun [countable]     place pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    an area, or a position

    I don’t like crowded places.

    Let’s find a quiet place where we can talk.

    Keep your credit cards in a safe place.

    Will had broken his jaw in three places.

    1. a.
      the position where someone or something is, or where it should be

      She put the book back in its place.

      Cara walked back to her place and sat down.

      into place (=into the correct position):

      She shut the door and slid the bolt into place.

      The mechanism locked into place.

  2. 2
    a particular town, country, building, store, etc.

    They live in a small place called Hunter’s Gap.

    With a little work this place could look lovely.

    This is the only place that sells this type of candy.

    The trip includes a visit to the Hall of Fame and other places of interest.

    1. a.
      an area, building, or space that is used for or appropriate for a particular purpose

      a popular eating place

      place for:

      Cyprus is a great place for a vacation.

      place to do something:

      Is this a safe place to swim?

      I always thought Italy would be a great place to live.

    2. b.
      a house, apartment, etc. for living in

      They’ve bought a lovely little place in Aspen.

      your/my/her etc. place:

      Let’s have the party at my place.

  3. 3
    an opportunity to be a member of a sports team or to take part in a game or competition
    win/secure/earn/clinch a place:

    Jones has earned a place on the Olympic team.

    Capriati clinched a place in the semifinals with that win.

    1. b.
      an opportunity to be part of an organization or business
      place on:

      She was offered a place on the committee.

      They’re looking for someone to fill Jackson’s place on the management team.

  4. 4
    a seat on a train or bus, in a theater, etc., or a position in a line

    There’s no place to sit.

    lose your place:

    I had to go to the bathroom, so I lost my place in line.

    save/keep someone’s place:

    Would you mind saving my place for a minute?

  5. 5
    the position that you achieve in a race or competition

    After a good performance at Wimbledon, she jumped six places in the world rankings.

    first/second etc. place:

    Right now the Islanders are tied with Buffalo for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

    Rafferty completed his round in 69, to take third place at the halfway stage.

  6. 6
    the right occasion, or the right time for something

    This isn’t the place to talk about the subject.

    neither the time nor the place:

    This is neither the time nor the place to discuss our relationship.

  7. 7
    the point that you have reached in a book, speech, etc.

    He marked his place with a piece of paper.

    lose your place:

    I lost my place (=forgot what I was saying) when he interrupted me.

  8. 8
    [usually singular] the importance that someone or something has in people’s lives or in their minds

    The house will always have a place in our hearts.

    a discussion about the place of soap operas in popular culture

    someone’s place in history:

    De Klerk secured his place in history by releasing Mandela and starting the process of change.

  9. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the place to start the first thing to be done in order to achieve a goal

    If you are set to live a long life, eating tofu and squid is the place to start.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 19/11/2015
  10. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    put in place to set up, organize, or establish

    Public buildings have put in place checkpoints at their entrances in the wake of a number of horrifying terror attacks.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 07/08/2016
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