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verb [transitive] place pronunciation in American English /pleɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleplacing
past tenseplaced
past participleplaced
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  1. 1
    to put something somewhere, especially in a careful or deliberate way
    place something on/under/into etc. something: Ella placed the dish on the table.
    “Don’t worry,” said Judy, placing a hand on his shoulder.
    Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, and gradually add water.
  2. 2
    to put someone in a particular situation or state, especially a difficult or unpleasant one
    place someone in/at/under something: Her decision places me in an awkward situation.
    The high level of the dollar is placing exporters at a serious disadvantage.
    place someone/something under strain/pressure: The company is severely understaffed, which places employees under great pressure.
    1. a.
      to put a person or place under someone elses control or protection
      place someone/something under something: At the end of the war, the island was placed under French control.
      We place each trainee under the care and supervision of an experienced member of staff.
      Monga had his passport withdrawn, and was placed under house arrest.
  3. 3
    if you place limits, responsibilities, pressures, etc. on someone, you make them experience them
    place limits/restrictions on: Parents should place limits on the amount of time their children spend on the Internet.
    place burdens/strain/pressure on: The large influx of refugees was placing a great burden on Pakistan’s resources.
  4. 4
    to have a particular attitude toward someone or something
    place blame/faith/hope/reliance etc. on: She placed the blame squarely on George.
    He placed great faith in her abilities.
  5. 5
    to decide how good or important something is in comparison with other things
    place something above something: The company was accused of placing profit above performance.
    place emphasis/importance/value on something: The school places great emphasis on the safety of its students.
    Customers were placing more importance on quality than simply on cost.
  6. 6
    to arrange for someone to work or live somewhere
    He had to place his mother in a nursing home.
    The employment agency placed me with a local law firm.
  7. 7
    [intransitive] American to finish a competition in a particular position
    place first/third etc.: The 23-year-old from Sun Valley, Idaho, placed first in six World Cup downhill races.
    1. b.
      be placed first/second etc. British to finish in first/second etc. position
  8. 8
    [usually in negatives] to recognize someone or something and remember their name
    He looks familiar, but I can’t place him.
    I could hear music in the background, but the tune was difficult to place.
  9. 11
    if you place an order, you ask a company to sell you something and send it to you
    Orders may be placed by telephone or on the Internet.
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