place2 S3 W1
to put something somewhere, especially with care [= put]:
position[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
She poured the doctor a cup of tea and placed it on the table.
He carefully placed the folder back in his desk drawer.
to put someone or something in a particular situation [= put]:
situation[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
The government is being placed under pressure to give financial help to farmers.
Children must not be placed at risk.
Some areas of the city have been placed under curfew.
This places me in a very difficult position.
to find a suitable job or home for someone:
in a job/home[transitive] formalBE
Some unemployed people can be very difficult to place.
He was later placed with a foster family.
to arrange for something to be done:
He placed an advertisement in the local paper.
You can place orders by telephone.
I had no idea which horse I should place a bet on.
to say how good or important you think someone or something is:
how good/important[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
I would place health quite high on my list of priorities.
places somebody/something above/before somebody/something
Some museums seem to place profit above education.
to decide that something is important:
Most people place too much value on money.
The company places a lot of emphasis on training.
to recognize someone, but be unable to remember where you have met them before:
I've seen her somewhere before, but I can't quite place her.
to be in a good situation where you have the ability or opportunity to do something
be well/ideally placed to do something
The company is now well placed to compete in Europe.
b) British English
to be in a good place or position
be well/ideally etc placed for
The hotel is well placed for most of London's theatres.
to be first, second etc in a race or competition