The difference between Place and Spot

When used as nouns, place means an open space, particularly a city square, market square, or courtyard, whereas spot means a round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.

When used as verbs, place means to put (an object or person) in a specific location, whereas spot means to see, find.

Spot is also adjective with the meaning: available on the spot.

check bellow for the other definitions of Place and Spot

  1. Place as a noun (physical):

    An area; somewhere within an area. An open space, particularly a city square, market square, or courtyard. A group of houses. An inhabited area: a village, town, or city. Any area of the earth: a region. The area one occupies, particularly somewhere to sit. The area where one lives: one's home, formerly country estates and farms. An area of the skin. An area to urinate and defecate: an outhouse or lavatory. An area to fight: a battlefield or the contested ground in a battle.


    "They live at Westminster Place."

    "He is going back to his native place on vacation."

    "We asked the restaurant to give us a table with three places."

    "Do you want to come over to my place later?"

  2. Place as a noun:

    A location or position in space.

  3. Place as a noun:

    A particular location in a book or document, particularly the current location of a reader.

  4. Place as a noun:

    A passage or extract from a book or document.

  5. Place as a noun:

    A topic.

  6. Place as a noun:

    A frame of mind.


    "I'm in a strange place at the moment."

  7. Place as a noun:

    A chess position; a square of the chessboard.

  8. Place as a noun (social):

    A responsibility or position in an organization. A role or purpose; a station. The position of a contestant in a competition. The position of first, second, or third at the finish, especially the second position. The position as a member of a sports team.


    "It is really not my place to say what is right and wrong in this case."

    "We thought we would win but only ended up in fourth place."

    "to win a bet on a horse for place"

    "He lost his place in the national team."

  9. Place as a noun:

    A fortified position: a fortress, citadel, or walled town.

  10. Place as a noun:

    Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.


    "three decimal places;  the hundreds place'"

  11. Place as a noun:

    Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding.


    "That's what I said in the first place!"

  12. Place as a noun:

    Reception; effect; implying the making room for.

  1. Place as a verb (transitive):

    To put (an object or person) in a specific location.


    "He placed the glass on the table."

  2. Place as a verb (intransitive):

    To earn a given spot in a competition. To finish second, especially of horses or dogs.


    "The Cowboys placed third in the league."

    "In the third race: Aces Up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars."

  3. Place as a verb (transitive):

    To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.


    "I've seen him before, but I can't quite place where."

  4. Place as a verb (transitive, in the passive):

    To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.


    "Run Ragged was placed fourth in the race."

  5. Place as a verb (transitive):

    To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.

  6. Place as a verb (transitive):

    To arrange for or to make (a bet).


    "I placed ten dollars on the Lakers beating the Bulls."

  7. Place as a verb (transitive):

    To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.


    "They phoned hoping to place her in the management team."

  8. Place as a verb (sports, transitive):

    To place-kick (a goal).

  1. Spot as a noun:

    A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.


    "The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur."

  2. Spot as a noun:

    A stain or disfiguring mark.


    "I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out."

  3. Spot as a noun:

    A pimple, papule or pustule.


    "That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin."

    "I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots."

  4. Spot as a noun:

    A small, unspecified amount or quantity.


    "Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?"

  5. Spot as a noun (slang, US):

    A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.


    "Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots."

  6. Spot as a noun:

    A location or area.


    "I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside."

    "For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met."

  7. Spot as a noun:

    A parking space.

  8. Spot as a noun (sports):

    An official determination of placement.


    "The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball."

  9. Spot as a noun:

    A bright lamp; a spotlight.

  10. Spot as a noun (US, advertising):

    A brief advertisement or program segment on television.


    "Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?"

  11. Spot as a noun:

    Difficult situation; predicament.


    "She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date."

  12. Spot as a noun (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting):

    One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter.

  13. Spot as a noun (soccer):

    Penalty spot.

  14. Spot as a noun:

    The act of spotting or noticing something.


    "- You've misspelled "terrapin" here."

    "- Whoops. Good spot."

  15. Spot as a noun:

    A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.

  16. Spot as a noun:

    A food fish () of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.

  17. Spot as a noun:

    The , or (), which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.

  18. Spot as a noun (in the plural, brokers' slang, dated):

    Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.

  19. Spot as a noun:

    An autosoliton.

  20. Spot as a noun (finance):

    A decimal point; point.


    "Twelve spot two five pounds sterling.'' (ie. £12.25)"

  1. Spot as a verb (transitive):

    To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify.


    "Try to spot the differences between these two pictures."

  2. Spot as a verb (finance):

    To loan a small amount of money to someone.


    "I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch."

  3. Spot as a verb (ambitransitive):

    To stain; to leave a spot (on).


    "Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface."

    "a garment spotted with mould"

  4. Spot as a verb:

    To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.


    "I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti."

  5. Spot as a verb (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing):

    To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.


    "I can’t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me."

  6. Spot as a verb (dance):

    To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.


    "Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do."

  7. Spot as a verb:

    To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.

  8. Spot as a verb:

    To cut or chip (timber) in preparation for hewing.

  9. Spot as a verb:

    To place an object at a location indicated by a spot. Notably in billiards or snooker.


    "The referee had to spot the pink on the blue spot."

  1. Spot as an adjective (commerce):

    Available on the spot; on hand for immediate payment or delivery.


    "spot wheat; spot cash"