An area with definite or indefinite boundaries; a portion of space. Room or space, especially adequate space: There is place for everyone at the back of the room. The particular portion of space occupied by or allocated to a person or thing. A building or an area set aside for a specified purpose: a place of worship. A dwelling; a house: bought a place on the lake. A business establishment or office. A locality, such as a town or city: visited many places. A public square or street with houses in a town. A space in which one person, such as a passenger or spectator, can sit or stand. A setting for one person at a table. A position regarded as belonging to someone or something else; stead: She was chosen in his place. A particular point that one has reached, as in a book: I have lost my place. A particular spot, as on the body: the place that hurts. The proper or designated role or function: the place of the media in a free society. The proper or customary position or order: These books are out of place. A suitable setting or occasion: not the place to argue. The appropriate right or duty: not her place to criticize. Social station: He overstepped his place. A particular situation or circumstance: Put yourself in my place. High rank or status. A job, post, or position: found a place in the company. Relative position in a series; standing. Games Second position for betting purposes, as in a horserace. The specified stage in a list of points to be made, as in an argument: in the first place. Mathematics A position in a numeral or series.