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noun [countable] place pronunciation in British English /pleɪs/
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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, shop etc
    They live in a small place called Clovelly.
    With a bit of work this place could look lovely.
    This is the only place that sells this type of bike.
    The trip includes a visit to York and other places of interest.
    1. a.
      an area, building, or space that is used for or suitable for a particular purpose
      a popular eating place
      place for: Cyprus is a great place for a holiday.
      place to do something: Is this a safe place to swim?
      I always think Italy would be a great place to live.
    2. b.
      a house, flat etc for living in
      They’ve bought a lovely little place in the countryside.
      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: Lewis has earned a place in the Olympic team.
    Arsenal clinched a place in the semi-finals with a 2–0 win at Liverpool.
    1. a.
      British an opportunity to join a school, college, course etc
      Nursery places for children are scarce in some parts of the country.
      I must remember to book a place on the French course.
      Course organizers are hoping that all the places will be filled.
      get/secure/win/gain a place: Steven has secured a place at Manchester University.
    2. 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 theatre etc, or a position in a queue
    There’s no place to sit.
    lose your place: I had to go to the toilet and lost my place in the queue.
    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: Sevilla finished in fifth place in the Champions’ League.
    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 peoples 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.



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