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

Sophomore Caitlynn Szarko took Evans’ pass and spied Goetz moving toward the middle of the circle, and with another pass the senior was in position to take a point-blank shot. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Field Hockey: Goetz, Liberty start county slate with win over South Carroll," 17 Sep. 2019 Entering with two runners in scoring position and no outs, rookie reliever Joel Kuhnel nearly pitched out of the jam with two groundouts with the infield drawn in. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds officially eliminated from the postseason after loss to Chicago Cubs," 16 Sep. 2019 Mitch Trubisky then somehow rallied the Bears in the final seconds and got them in FG position with one second remaining. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "NFL fans couldn't believe the refs made such a bad call in final minute of Bears-Broncos," 15 Sep. 2019 Seattle had the best rush offense in the league last season and will try to grind out the clock and put itself in position to win in the fourth quarter. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 15 Sep. 2019 Carter’s targeting penalty gave the Gators a first down and resulted in a 20-yard change in field position. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Targeting rule takes a toll on Kentucky, exasperates coach Mark Stoops in loss to Florida," 15 Sep. 2019 The position of independent city auditor was created more than a decade ago, after San Diego confronted a pension crisis that nearly pushed the city into bankruptcy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Multimillion-dollar contract improperly awarded, San Diego city auditor says," 13 Sep. 2019 There's nobody that gets tested more in a position of public trust than the president of the United States. NBC News, "Full transcript: Democratic debate in Houston," 13 Sep. 2019 In every case, the logical problem is the same: The position of the modifying word or phrase points to the wrong noun or pronoun. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, "A Word, Please: Offended by danglers like this one, simple solutions occur to her," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota Grade: D+ Klobuchar has positioned herself as the other moderate besides Biden — not a bad place if Biden falters. BostonGlobe.com, "Former vice president Joe Biden," 13 Sep. 2019 In the first two debates, Klobuchar positioned herself as a moderate but did not take specific swipes at her more progressive counterparts. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Klobuchar slams ‘Medicare-for-all,’ defends her prosecutor record," 12 Sep. 2019 Over the last decade China has positioned itself as a global leader on climate action through aggressive investments and a bold mix of climate, renewable energy, energy efficiency and economic policies. Fang Zhang, The Conversation, "China is positioned to lead on climate change as the US rolls back its policies," 12 Sep. 2019 Like the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show before it, the Savage X Fenty show is positioning itself as a special, live event for celebrity and media attendees that will air later to the general public. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Rihanna Keeps Reinventing the Lingerie Fashion Show with Savage X Fenty," 11 Sep. 2019 At the time, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi positioned the restructuring as an effort to make operations more efficient. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Uber is laying off hundreds of staffers, again," 10 Sep. 2019 The company is positioning itself as younger and more oriented toward digital services and zero local emissions electric driving. Washington Post, "Volkswagen bets big on electric. Will consumers buy in?," 10 Sep. 2019 The company is positioning itself as younger and more oriented toward digital services and zero local emissions electric driving. David Mchugh, USA TODAY, "Volkswagen places massive bet on electric cars: Will consumers buy in?," 9 Sep. 2019 Following a fourth-down conversion, the Tarblooders positioned themselves in the red zone. Kyle Kelly | Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Defense stands tall as No. 19 Cleveland Heights blanks No. 20 Glenville, 17-0 in high school football," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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position

noun

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

position

transitive verb

Medical Definition of position (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in proper position

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