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

Already, the influence of the group was substantially weakened when Mexico, following the inauguration in December of leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, abdicated its leadership role and took a more passive position. Tracy Wilkinsonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Argentina election raises doubts about Trump’s bet on right-wing leaders," 10 Sep. 2019 Activist funds like Elliott Management often take small positions in companies with the idea of rallying other investors to their way of thinking. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — With its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner last year, AT&T announced to the world that it was becoming a new kind of corporate behemoth, one that would be a force in media and entertainment while also maintaining its dominant position in the telecommunications industry.," 10 Sep. 2019 Morgan Burnett got a sack from the safety position. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "There’s potential in the no-huddle and other takeaways from rewatching Browns’ loss to Titans," 10 Sep. 2019 The figure includes a slew of runners in scoring position situations. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Nationals at Minnesota Twins odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 Users and experts alike worry that the data could be exposed in security breaches, or used by employers and insurance companies to discriminate against women by increasing their premiums or not offering them leadership positions. Anchorage Daily News, "Apps may tell Facebook about last time users had sex, study finds," 10 Sep. 2019 There’s no such thing as the position of an electron. Wired, "Sean Carroll Thinks We All Exist on Multiple Worlds," 10 Sep. 2019 And two former employees now hold key positions in the Administration for Children’s Services, the city’s child welfare agency. New York Times, "A Fiji Junket, a Padlocked Office and a Pioneering Nonprofit’s Collapse," 10 Sep. 2019 Chimbo was promoted to a management position in 2001. Tom Roston, Time, "The Untold Story of an Undocumented Immigrant Family Torn Apart by 9/11," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cohen uses a manual chair, and is positioned behind Wertheim as his long arms shadow hers. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Momenta’s ‘Counter Balance’ has ingenious duets and wheelchair dance, as well as some unnecessary fluff," 9 Sep. 2019 If Gobert is positioned for a low-usage role where his chief priority is defense, his strengths can be maximized and his weaknesses disguised. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020: Inside the Process," 9 Sep. 2019 All of these steps, and more, have been taken to ensure that our brave men and women of law enforcement are best positioned to serve our city. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police endorses Mayor Joe Hogsett's re-election campaign," 6 Sep. 2019 Five crew members, who were positioned higher in the boat, survived by jumping from away from the flames. Fox News, "CO2 leaks, phone chargers and lots more: Boat-blaze inquiry looks at multiple potential causes," 6 Sep. 2019 By all indications, that was not a Heat consideration, since they certainly were positioned to either draft him at No. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Will hindsight create an Okpala-vs.-Bol Bol comparison for Heat?," 5 Sep. 2019 Kliavkoff thinks Las Vegas is positioned well for women's basketball and its potential new regional format. Doug Feinberg, courant.com, "Safe Bet: Vegas set to bid to host numerous NCAA events including women’s basketball tournament," 26 Aug. 2019 According to Adler, the youngest children are ambitious, while middle children are optimally positioned in the family and are characterized by emotional stability. Corinna Hartmann, Scientific American, "Does Birth Order Affect Personality?," 8 Aug. 2019 Most top wage-earners, who already have more savings, are better positioned to adjust to higher deductibles. oregonlive.com, "High deductibles add to squeeze on middle class America," 4 Aug. 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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