position

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noun

po·​si·​tion pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce position (audio)
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
3
a
: 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
5
a
: 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

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verb

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

transitive verb

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

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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Noun
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1817, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Position.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/position. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

position

1 of 2 noun
po·​si·​tion pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce position (audio)
1
a
: the manner in which something is placed or arranged
b
: a certain arrangement of the body
exercise while in a sitting position
2
: a stand taken on a question
3
: the point or area occupied by something
4
a
: one's rank in an organization or in society
positional
-ˈzish-(ə-)nəl
adjective

position

2 of 2 verb
positioned; positioning -ˈzish-(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce position (audio)
: to put in a certain position
Etymology

Noun

Middle English posycion "position," from early French posicioun (same meaning), from Latin positio "position," from ponere "to put, place" — related to compound entry 1

Medical Definition

position

1 of 2 noun
po·​si·​tion pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce position (audio)
: 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
positional adjective

position

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to put in proper position

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