po·​si·​tion | \ pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce position (audio) \

Definition of position

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of placing or arranging: such as
a : the laying down of a proposition or thesis
b : an arranging in order
2 : a point of view adopted and held to made my position on the issue clear
3a : the point or area occupied by a physical object : location took her position at the head of the line
b : a certain arrangement of bodily parts rose to a standing position
4 : a market commitment in securities or commodities also : the inventory of a market trader
5a : relative place, situation, or standing is now in a position to make decisions on his own
b : social or official rank or status
c : an employment for which one has been hired : job a position with a brokerage firm
d : a situation that confers advantage or preference


positioned; positioning\ pə-​ˈzi-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce positioning (audio) \

Definition of position (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put in a certain position positioned the chairs around the room positioned the company in the global market

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Examples of position in a Sentence

Noun From this position, you can see all of New York City's skyline. Actors, please assume your positions. The show is about to begin. The child fell asleep in a sitting position. I was in an uncomfortable position and had to move. I was uncomfortable, so I shifted position. Return your seat to an upright position for landing. Verb He positioned the chairs around the table. The company is positioning itself to take advantage of a new market. The shortstop was positioned well to make the play. She positioned herself by the door.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He was tried at every position along the line, and didn’t step up to claim the vacant right guard spot in training camp. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Ranking John Dorsey’s 5 worst moves as Browns GM," 31 Dec. 2019 Don’t look for another former Patriot, Malcolm Butler, at the other cornerback position. BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a look at some of the key figures for the Titans:," 31 Dec. 2019 Collins is a 6-foot-5 receiver who was part of a memorable recruiting class at that position. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What drew star recruit from Birmingham to Michigan instead of Alabama," 30 Dec. 2019 Carroll could opt to start George Fant, who started 10 games at the position in 2017. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney: 'There’s no way I’m not playing’ against San Francisco 49ers," 29 Dec. 2019 Their injuries, combined with a season-ending injury to Rashaad Penny in Week 14, left the Seahawks with only Travis Homer, an untested rookie, at the position. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 17 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 27 Dec. 2019 Louisville's depth and skill at every position has drawn plenty of praise this season. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Ashton Hagans' defense is a problem. How does Louisville basketball match up vs. Kentucky?," 26 Dec. 2019 And as one can imagine, foam rolling offers a multitude of benefits for those who spend an alarming amount of time sitting in an office chair—an entirely unnatural position for the human body—all week. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 24 Dec. 2019 Kenny Moore’s absence — and injuries to Quincy Wilson and Rolan Milligan—leave the Colts searching for answers at the slot cornerback position. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 21 things to watch in final Colts home game of season, against Panthers," 21 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moon has long positioned himself as something of a mediator between North Korea and the US, a role that has become increasingly difficult as the two sides have failed to make tangible progress in diplomatic talks. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "South Korea's Moon says door not closed on talks with North Korea," 14 Jan. 2020 The takeaway from this script is that the Sanders campaign’s persuasion tactic vis a vis Warren supporters is to acknowledge their shares goals, position them as allies, and make an electability argument for Bernie. TheWeek, "Bernie Sanders' campaign is reportedly saying Elizabeth Warren can't bring any 'new bases' to the Democratic Party," 12 Jan. 2020 Our business growth in the last decade has positioned us to create change for good and implement creative solutions for our planet, our people and our food. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "You Can Now Make $100K Working At Taco Bell. This Is Not A Drill.," 10 Jan. 2020 Johnson has positioned himself as a close partner of Washington and backed Trump’s decision to launch the drone strike that killed Iran’s most powerful military leader. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump faces uphill battle on Iran deal after losing Boris Johnson," 10 Jan. 2020 In Iran, the regime had positioned itself for a public messaging campaign. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. officials knew Iranian missiles were coming hours in advance," 8 Jan. 2020 The world’s advanced industrial democracies—the US, Europe and Japan—remain well-positioned to withstand the populist storm in 2020. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Top 10 Geopolitical Risks for the World in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 Technology to monitor supply chains and third parties Mr. Sekhar of Norwest agrees that companies using artificial intelligence in cybersecurity are best-positioned to make an impact in 2020. James Rundle, WSJ, "AI Offers an Edge as Cybersecurity Sector Consolidates," 2 Jan. 2020 Inside Jenner's house, figures of Santa Claus are positioned in nearly every corner. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Shops at Target for Her Christmas Decorations," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of position


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for position


Middle English posycion, from Anglo-French posicioun, from Latin position-, positio, from ponere to lay down, put, place, from Old Latin *posinere, from po- away (akin to Old Church Slavonic po-, perfective prefix, Greek apo away) + Latin sinere to leave — more at of

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4 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Position.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/position. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce position (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of position

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the place where someone or something is in relation to other people or things
: the place where someone or something should be
: the way someone stands, sits, or lies down



English Language Learners Definition of position (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something or someone) in a particular position


po·​si·​tion | \ pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce position (audio) \

Kids Definition of position

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the way in which something or someone is placed or arranged The seat is in the upright position.
2 : a way of looking at or considering things What's your position on the issue?
3 : the place where a person or thing is or should be They took their positions on stage.
4 : the situation that someone or something is in Your request puts me in an awkward position.
5 : the rank or role a person has in an organization or in society She rose to a position of leadership.


positioned; positioning

Kids Definition of position (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in a particular place or arrangement He positioned the helmet on his head.


po·​si·​tion | \ pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce position (audio) \

Medical Definition of position

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a particular arrangement or location specifically : an arrangement of the parts of the body considered particularly desirable for some medical or surgical procedure knee-chest position the prone position

Other Words from position

positional \ pə-​ˈzish-​ᵊn-​əl How to pronounce positional (audio) \ adjective

Medical Definition of position (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in proper position

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