position

noun
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

position

verb
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 That puts the American government in the impossible position of defending our values by undermining them. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "Why America Is Afraid of TikTok," 30 July 2020 Those in position to know tell me the rumor is bunk. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Now that banks can hold Bitcoin, crypto M&A rumors are swirling," 29 July 2020 Her partner and kids' father, Douglas Compton, who had been working as a caregiver at another senior home, was in the same position. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Some Arizonans wait anxiously for more coronavirus financial help with expanded federal benefits set to expire," 12 July 2020 Mario Andretti is second to Foyt on the all-time win list in Indy-style racing with 52 victories, so Dixon went to bed Saturday night in position to catch him at Iowa. Dave Kallmann, The Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon wins Road America, now 3-for-3 to start IndyCar season," 12 July 2020 Mario Andretti is second to Foyt on the all-time win list in Indy-style racing with 52 victories, so Dixon went to bed Saturday night in position to catch him at Iowa. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Dixon wins his third straight and has a chance to hit two IndyCar milestones Sunday at Road America," 11 July 2020 For the first time since taking the reins, Tumlin found himself in the awkward position of telling people not to ride Muni. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Jeffrey Tumlin was hailed as SF’s transportation savior. Now the Muni chief faces a leadership test," 11 July 2020 Others feel they've been put in the awkward and sometimes dangerous position of confronting shoppers who refuse to wear the coverings. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "US retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks," 9 July 2020 Others feel they’ve been put in the awkward and sometimes dangerous position of confronting shoppers who refuse to wear the coverings. Washington Post, "Retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The plan is designed to build on the firm's strengths, retain institutional knowledge and position the company for continuing success, Mandel said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Development firm Mandel Group announces succession plan, with new roles for founder Barry Mandel and others," 10 July 2020 My middle sister Alison felt the burden of being great at everything including being the only one who could position him correctly in his chair. TheWeek, "Why parents should let their children help," 2 July 2020 Politicians are racing to properly position themselves on the quickly evolving racial landscape. Steve Helber, National Geographic, "As monuments fall, how does the world reckon with a racist past?," 29 June 2020 To blind-bake a pie crust, position a baking rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, "It took years of searching (and some terrible slices) to get to a chocolate pie we all deserve," 3 July 2020 Observe how the moon changes shape and position each night. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, "This new book is a guide for you to explore the universe," 23 June 2020 To see it yourself Friday morning, make sure to position yourself with a clear view of the western part of the sky at moonset, which, for many Americans, will be quite early. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Look out for the Strawberry Moon on Friday: Here's what it is and how to see it," 5 June 2020 Filmmaker James Cameron’s return to New Zealand to begin production on his Avatar sequel sets the scene for the South Pacific nation to position itself as a Covid-free haven in a world still struggling to contain the pandemic. Tracy Withers / Bloomberg, Time, "New Zealand Grants James Cameron Exemption to Travel Ban So He Can Begin Filming Avatar Sequel," 24 June 2020 The goal is to be able to track Covid-19 in the university's population, and better position the university community for a return to some in-person activities. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "UC San Diego is planning to test its students, faculty and staff regularly for Covid-19 in fall," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of position

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for position

Noun

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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The first known use of position was in the 14th century

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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Position.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/position. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for position

position

noun
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

position

verb

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

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

position

noun
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.

position

verb
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.

position

noun
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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