1. To set, put, or lay someone or something alongside someone or something else. Place her with the other prisoners in the cell. You can place that vase with the white lamp in the hallway.
2. To assign one to work with or alongside with some person or group. The teacher placed me with Tommy for the history project. Let's place her with the advanced class.
3. To find a person, group, or company for someone to work for. The recruitment agency was able to place me with an advertising company as their new financial manager. The university has several resources to help place recent graduates with companies around the country.
4. To find a person, couple, or group that will take care of someone or an animal. They placed the foster child with a couple who were very eager to adopt him. We were able to placed the abandoned puppy with a new family in a matter of days. The company placed the valuable item with a security firm.
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place someone with someone or something
to get someone a job with someone or some company. The agency was able to place me with Dave, who runs a small candy store on Maple Street. They placed me with a firm that makes doghouses.
place something with someone or something
to leave something in the care of someone or something. We placed the trunk with Fred and his wife. Mary placed the problem with the committee, hoping a solution could be found.
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