- In or to many locations; everywhere:
Film is sold all over the place.
- In the appropriate or usual position or order:
With everything in place, she started the slide show.
- In the same spot; without moving forwards or backwards:
While marching in place, the band played a popular tune.
- Instead of.
- To recognize one's social position and act according to traditional decorum.
- A dominant or favorable position or situation.
Other Word Forms of Place
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Place
- all over the place
- in place
- in place of
- place in the sun
- give place
- go places
- in (or out of) place
- in place of
- know one's place
- put someone in his (or her) place
- run (jog, etc.) in place
- take place
- take the place of
Origin of Place
From Middle English place, from Old English plæse, plætse, plæċe (“place, an open space, street"), from Latin platea (“plaza, wide street"), from Ancient Greek πλατεῖα (plateia), shortening of πλατεῖα (plateia) ὁδός (plateia hodos, “broad way"), from Proto-Indo-European *plat- (“to spread"), extended form of *pelh- (“flat"), *pelhâ‚‚-. Reinforced in Middle English by Old French place (“open space"). Displaced native Middle English lough, loogh, loȝ (“place, stead") (from Old English lōh (“place, stead")), Middle English stede (“place, location") (from Old English stede (“place, stead")), Middle English stowe (“place") (from Old English stōw (“place, locality, site")).
Middle English from Old English plæce Old French place open space (from Medieval Latin placea) (from Vulgar Latin plattea) both from Latin platēa broad street from Greek plateia (hodos) broad (street) feminine of platus plat- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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