Synonyms of place in English:


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1‘the hotel is an ideal place to have pre-dinner cocktails’

location, site, spot, scene, setting, position, point, situation, area, region, whereabouts, locale
technical locus

2‘she gets to visit millions of foreign places every year’

town, city, village, hamlet
country, state, area, region
locality, district, neighbourhood, quarter, section
literary clime

3‘at last she had a place of her own’

home, house, apartment, a roof over one's head
accommodation, establishment, property
rooms, quarters, lodgings
British flat
informal pad, digs
British informal gaff
formal residence, abode, dwelling, dwelling place, domicile, habitation

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’

job, day job, position, post, appointment, situation, office
informal berth
archaic employ

7‘I know my place’

status, position, station, standing, grade, rank, footing, niche
dated estate

8‘she decided it was not her place to make such suggestions’

responsibility, duty, job, task, role, function, part, concern, affair, mission, charge
right, privilege, prerogative


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’

rank, order, put in order, grade, group, arrange, sort, class, classify, categorize
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’

find employment for, find a job for
find a home for, accommodate, find accommodation for
allocate, assign, appoint


    take place

    ‘people laid flowers at the spot where the crash took place’

    happen, occur, come about, transpire, crop up, materialize, arise, chance, fall out
    North American informal go down
    literary come to pass, befall, betide
    in place

    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
    put someone in their place

    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
    in place of

    ‘use lemon juice in place of salt’

    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

    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
    take the place of

    ‘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
    put something in place

    ‘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