Today’s Dose of Samuel Johnson
To PLACE (PLACE) v.a.[placer, Fr. from the noun.]1. To put in any place, rank or condition.
Place such over them to be rulers.BibleEx.xviii. 21.
He placed forces in all the fenced cities.Bible2 Chro.xvii. 2.
Those accusations had been more reasonable, if placed on inferior persons.Dryden’sAurengz.2. To fix; to settle; to establish.
God or nature has not any where placed any such jurisdiction in the first born.Locke.3. To put out at interest.
’Twas his careTo place on good security his gold.Pope.
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