1 particular position/area
convenient, good, great, ideal, perfect
horrible, terrible

It was a terrible place to live.

dangerous, safe

Keep your purse in a safe place.

appropriate, right, suitable

I happened to be in the right place at the right time.

beautiful, nice

It's a nice place you've got here.

busy, crowded
peaceful, quiet
faraway, godforsaken, out-of-the-way, remote

trips to faraway places

gathering (esp. AmE), hiding, meeting, resting

I forgot to mark my place (= in a book).


I've lost my place in the script.

at a/the place, in a/the place

We had dinner at a crowded place in Chelsea.

in place

It was held in place with tape.

There will be rain in places.

into place

She tapped the lid into place.

out of place

Some of these files seem to be out of place.

all over the place (= everywhere)
no place, not the place

This is not the place for an argument.

sb's place of birth

Please state your date and place of birth.

sb's place of business, sb's place of work
a place of learning, a place of worship
2 seat/position for sb/sth
sit (down) in, take

We took our places around the table.

go back to, return to

The boy returned to his place

keep (sb), save (sb)

I lost my place in the queue. (BrE)

I lost my place in line. (AmE)

give up
change, swap (esp. BrE), switch (esp. AmE)

He changed places with me.

He swapped places with me.

show sb to

She showed them to their places.

lay (BrE), set

I've set four places for dinner.

I've laid four places for dinner.

card, mat, setting
the place of honour/honor

He took the place of honour/honor on his hostess's right.

3 role/position/function
central, important, prominent

He holds a special place in her affections.

proper, rightful
have, hold, occupy

Housing occupied a prominent place in the discussions.


His victory secured him a place in history.


She knows her place.


I'm sorry—I was forgetting my place.

restore sth to

He has been restored to his rightful place in the community.

put sb in

At first he tried to take charge of the meeting but I soon put her in her place.

place in

Dance has a central place in their culture.

it's not sb's place to

It's not your place to correct her.

a place in history

a statesman who is assured a place in history

4 opportunity to play for a team, etc.
offer sb
place on

He lost his place on the team. (esp. AmE)

He lost his place in the team. (esp. BrE)

5 (BrE) opportunity to study at a college, etc.
college, nursery, school, university
get, win
award sb, offer sb
place at, place in

He was awarded a place at Leeds University.

place on

She got a place on the French course.

6 sb's position at the end of a race, competition, etc.
finish in, get, take

She took third place.

go to sb

Second place went to the Moroccan athlete.

verb (often be placed)
carefully, neatly

The books were placed randomly on the shelf.


She produced a long silver whistle and placed it firmly between her lips.

delicately, gently, gingerly, lightly
centrally, prominently

The table was placed centrally.

directly, squarely

The blame was placed squarely on the doctor.

conveniently, ideally (esp. BrE), perfectly, uniquely (esp. BrE), well

The hotel is well placed for restaurants, bars and clubs.

The company is perfectly placed to win the contract.


highly placed officials in the government


There are candles strategically placed—in case we have another blackout.

side by side

The boots were neatly placed side by side.

attempt to, try to
between, in, inside, on, over, under, etc.

He placed the letter in a drawer.

an attempt to place the question firmly back on the political agenda

Place is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑surgeon
Place is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accent, ↑ad, ↑advert, ↑advertisement, ↑ban, ↑beaker, ↑bet, ↑bid, ↑blame, ↑bomb, ↑bouquet, ↑box, ↑bulb, ↑burden, ↑call, ↑camera, ↑ceiling, ↑confidence, ↑constraint, ↑contract, ↑crown, ↑cup, ↑curse, ↑cursor, ↑demand, ↑elbow, ↑embargo, ↑emphasis, ↑faith, ↑focus, ↑foot, ↑hand, ↑hat, ↑hope, ↑importance, ↑kiss, ↑limit, ↑limitation, ↑moratorium, ↑notice, ↑order, ↑palm, ↑premium, ↑pressure, ↑reliance, ↑responsibility, ↑restriction, ↑sign, ↑skillet, ↑strain, ↑stress, ↑tray, ↑trust, ↑value, ↑weight, ↑wreath

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