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English noun: place

1. place (location) a point located with respect to surface features of some region

SamplesThis is a nice place for a picnic.
A bright spot on a planet.

Synonymsspot, topographic point

Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)birthplace, crest, crown, end, grave, heights, hiding place, high, hole-in-the-wall, holy, holy place, junction, mecca, nesting place, overlook, peak, place of birth, polling place, polling station, pool, puddle, rendezvous, sanctum, scour, service area, showplace, solitude, stop, summit, target, target area, tip, tomb, top, zone

2. place (location) any area set aside for a particular purpose

SamplesWho owns this place?.
The president was concerned about the property across from the White House.


Broader (hypernym)geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region

Narrower (hyponym)boatyard, center, centre, colony, hatchery, sanctuary

3. place (cognition) an abstract mental location

SamplesHe has a special place in my thoughts.
A place in my heart.
A political system with no place for the less prominent groups.

Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis

Narrower (hyponym)layer, level, stratum

4. place (location) a general vicinity

SamplesHe comes from a place near Chicago.

Broader (hypernym)locality, neck of the woods, neighborhood, neighbourhood, vicinity

5. place (act) the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

SamplesCan you go in my stead?.
Took his place.
In lieu of.

Synonymslieu, position, stead

Broader (hypernym)function, office, part, role

Narrower (hyponym)behalf

6. place (state) a particular situation

SamplesIf you were in my place what would you do?.


Broader (hypernym)position, situation

7. place (location) where you live at a particular time

SamplesDeliver the package to my home.
He doesn't have a home to go to.
Your place or mine?.


Broader (hypernym)abode, residence

Narrower (hyponym)home away from home, home from home

8. place (act) a job in an organization

SamplesHe occupied a post in the treasury.

Synonymsberth, billet, office, position, post, situation, spot

Broader (hypernym)business, job, line, line of work, occupation

Narrower (hyponym)academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, baronetage, bishopry, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, directorship, discipleship, editorship, eldership, emirate, episcopate, fatherhood, fatherhood, feudal lordship, foremanship, generalcy, generalship, governorship, headship, headship, hot seat, incumbency, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, judgeship, judicature, khanate, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, magistracy, magistrature, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, messiahship, moderatorship, overlordship, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, plum, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, residency, rulership, sainthood, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, sinecure, solicitorship, speakership, stewardship, studentship, teachership, thaneship, throne, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, womanhood

9. place (location) the particular portion of space occupied by something

SamplesHe put the lamp back in its place.


Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)anomaly, back, front, half-mast, half-staff, juxtaposition, landmark, lead, left, lie, pitch, pole position, polls, post, pride of place, rear, right, setting, site, situation, stand, station, station, vantage, wing

Attributeleft, right

10. place (state) proper or designated social situation

SamplesHe overstepped his place.
The responsibilities of a man in his station.
Married above her station.


Broader (hypernym)rank, social rank, social station, social status

Narrower (hyponym)niche

11. place (location) a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)

SamplesHe booked their seats in advance.
He sat in someone else's place.


Broader (hypernym)space

Narrower (hyponym)perch

Domain categoryaeroplane, airplane, dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, plane, theater, theatre

12. place (communication) the passage that is being read

SamplesHe lost his place on the page.

Broader (hypernym)passage

13. place (state) proper or appropriate position or location

SamplesA woman's place is no longer in the kitchen.

Broader (hypernym)condition, status

14. place (location) a public square with room for pedestrians

SamplesThey met at Elm Plaza.
Grosvenor Place.

Synonymspiazza, plaza

Broader (hypernym)public square, square

15. place (communication) an item on a list or in a sequence

SamplesIn the second place.
Moved from third to fifth position.


Broader (hypernym)item, point

Narrower (hyponym)postposition, preposition

16. place (communication) a blank area

SamplesWrite your name in the space provided.

Synonymsblank space, space

Broader (hypernym)area, expanse, surface area

Narrower (hyponym)indent, indentation, indention, indenture, margin

Part meronymform

English verb: place

1. place (contact) put into a certain place or abstract location

SamplesPut your things here.
Set the tray down.
Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children.
Place emphasis on a certain point.

ExamplesThey place the bags on the table

Synonymslay, pose, position, put, set

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)appose, arrange, barrel, bed, bottle, bucket, butt, clap, cock, coffin, cram, deposit, dispose, docket, emplace, emplace, enclose, ensconce, fix, glycerolise, glycerolize, ground, imbricate, inclose, insert, instal, install, intersperse, introduce, jar, juxtapose, ladle, lay, lay over, lean, load, lose, marshal, middle, mislay, misplace, misplace, nestle, parallelize, park, perch, pigeonhole, pile, pillow, place down, place upright, plant, plant, poise, posit, position, postpose, prepose, put back, put down, put down, put in, put in, rack up, recess, recline, replace, repose, repose, reposition, rest, rest, seat, seat, seat, seed, set, set, set down, set down, set up, set up, settle, settle, settle down, shelve, ship, sign, siphon, sit, sit down, situate, snuggle, sow, space, stand, stand up, step, stick in, stratify, superimpose, superpose, superpose, tee, tee up, throw, throw, thrust, trench, underlay, upend

2. place (social) place somebody in a particular situation or location

SamplesHe was placed on probation.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

3. place (cognition) assign a rank or rating to

SamplesHow would you rank these students?.
The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide.

Synonymsgrade, order, range, rank, rate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)downgrade, prioritise, prioritize, reorder, seed, sequence, shortlist, subordinate, superordinate, upgrade

4. place (possession) assign a location to

SamplesThe company located some of their agents in Los Angeles.

Synonymslocate, site

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)place, post, send, station

5. place (communication) to arrange for

SamplesPlace a phone call.
Place a bet.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)order

6. place (cognition) take a place in a competition; often followed by an ordinal

SamplesJerry came in third in the Marathon.

Synonymscome in, come out

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)rank

7. place (competition) intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

SamplesHe aimed his fists towards his opponent's face.
Criticism directed at her superior.
Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself.

Synonymsaim, direct, point, target

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train

Narrower (hyponym)address, home in, range in, zero in

8. place (cognition) recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something

SamplesShe identified the man on the 'wanted' poster.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)determine, set

Narrower (hyponym)differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart

9. place (social) assign to (a job or a home)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)assign, delegate, depute, designate

10. place (creation) locate

SamplesThe film is set in Africa.

Synonymslocalise, localize, set

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)present, represent, stage

11. place (cognition) estimate

SamplesWe put the time of arrival at 8 P.M..

Synonymsput, set

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge

12. place (stative) identify the location or place of

SamplesWe localized the source of the infection.

Synonymslocalise, localize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)locate, situate

13. place (possession) make an investment

SamplesPut money into bonds.

Synonymscommit, invest, put

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

Narrower (hyponym)buy into, fund, job, roll over, shelter, speculate, tie up

Antonymsdisinvest, divest

14. place (competition) assign to a station

Synonymspost, send, station

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)fort, garrison, locate, place, site

15. place (competition) finish second or better in a horse or dog race

SamplesHe bet $2 on number six to place.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)race, run

16. place (communication) sing a note with the correct pitch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sing

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