in place - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    to exist and be capable of being used

    We didn’t have the systems in place to deal with so many orders.

    A staff of four counsellors is in place to handle calls to the new hotline.

    put something in place:

    We need to put safeguards in place to prevent this type of accident occurring again.

  2. 3
    American without leaving the position that you are in. The British expression is on the spot

    We had to run in place for five minutes.

See also main entry: place