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place

Synonyms of place in English:

noun

  • 1 the hotel is an ideal place to have pre-dinner cocktails
  • 2 she gets to visit millions of foreign places every year
    town, city, village, hamlet;
    country, state, area, region;
    literary clime
  • 3 at last she had a place of her own
    home, house, flat, apartment, a roof over one's head;
    informal pad, digs
    British informal gaff
  • 4 I think if I were in your place, I'd agree
    situation, position, circumstances, condition
    informal shoes
  • 5 a place was reserved for her in the front row
    seat, chair, position, space
  • 6 I offered him a place in the company
    informal berth
    archaic employ
  • 7 I know my place
    dated estate
  • 8 she decided it was not her place to make such suggestions
    right, privilege, prerogative
  • Phrases

    in place

    1
  • 1 the full length veil was held in place by a band of pearls
    in position, in situ
  • 2 contingency plans should be in place
    ready, set up, established, arranged, in order, all set
  • in place of

    2
    use lemon juice in place of salt maybe Newman can go in my place
    instead of, as an alternative for, rather than, as a substitute for, as a replacement for, in exchange for, in lieu of;
    in someone's stead

    out of place

    3
  • 1 I never saw her with a hair out of place
    out of position, out of order, in disorder, disarranged, in disarray, disorganized, in a mess, messy, topsy-turvy, muddled
  • 2 he has never said anything to me that was out of place
    inappropriate, unsuitable, unseemly, improper, untoward, inapposite, out of keeping, unbecoming, unfit, misplaced, wrong
  • 3 such a glamorous woman seemed out of place in a launderette
    incongruous, out of one's element, like a fish out of water, uncomfortable, ill at ease, uneasy
  • put someone in his/her place

    4
    humiliate, take down a peg or two, deflate, crush, squelch, squash, humble, mortify, make someone eat humble pie, take the wind out of someone's sails
    informal cut down to size, settle someone's hash
    North American informal make someone eat crow

    put something in place

    5
    the rules which we shall put in place in the months ahead meet these criteria
    establish, set up, start, begin, get going, initiate, institute, form, found, create, bring into being, inaugurate, organize, lay the foundations of, build, construct, install, plant

    take place

    6
    people laid flowers at the spot where the crash took place
    North American informal go down

    take the place of

    7
    Lucy stepped in at very short notice to take Joan's place
    replace, stand in for, be a substitute for, substitute for, act for, fill in for, cover for;
    take over from, relieve

    verb

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  • 1 newspapers and magazines were placed on the table
    put down, put, set, set down, lay down, deposit, position, plant, rest, stand, sit, settle, station, situate, leave, stow, prop, lean;
    arrange, set out, array
    informal stick, dump, bung, park, plonk, pop
    North American informal plunk
  • 2 I would never betray the trust you placed in me
    put, lay, set, pin, invest
  • 3 a survey placed the company 13th for achievement
    put, set, assign
  • 4 she seemed familiar, but Joe couldn't quite place her
    identify, recognize, remember, put one's finger on, put a name to, pin down, locate, pinpoint
  • 5 the agency had placed 3,000 people in work the children were placed with foster-parents
    find employment for, find a job for;
    find a home for, accommodate, find accommodation for;
    allocate, assign, appoint
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