re·po·si·tion | \ˌrē-pə-ˈzi-shən, ˌre-\

Definition of reposition 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of repositing : the state of being reposited


re·po·si·tion | \ˌrē-pə-ˈzi-shən \
repositioned; repositioning; repositions

Definition of reposition (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to change the position of

2 : to revise the marketing strategy for (a product or a company) so as to increase sales

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Examples of reposition in a Sentence


she repositioned the wood before taking another swing with the ax

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The boost in prices repositions the Metro Orlando area from a region considered affordable to one where renters have to search harder to find deals. Mary Shanklin,, "Orlando tenants feel pinch of rent spikes," 6 Nov. 2017 The ship repositions to New York in May to launch a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures. Rosemary Mcclure,, "That moment when cruise ships seem more like shopping malls. Carnival adds more on-board stores," 12 Apr. 2018 First, operators will pick up vehicles every night, to inspect and repair as well as reposition to avoid cluttering. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will dockless bikes and scooters take over city sidewalks?," 27 Mar. 2018 The addition of an Asian American for the first time in the group’s history is part of that reposition. Chris Malone, Billboard, "Village People Group Shakeup Rocks Upcoming Streamy Awards," 14 Sep. 2017 As Ems repositions Piazza on the couch, prosecutors say the video shows him punch Piazza in the abdomen, leaving a visible bruise on his side. Sara Ganim, Emanuella Grinberg And Chris Welch, CNN, "In video of Penn State hazing death, victim looked 'like a corpse'," 12 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Moke needs to be more independent before Calaya will reposition him, according to Brown. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Moke, National Zoo’s gorilla infant, is growing fast," 7 May 2018 Moveable Tracks The printer rolls back and forth along 10-inch-wide tracks, which are repositioned as the home rises. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018 This Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay per view provides WWE with the opportunity to reposition its entire booking strategy for the upcoming year. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Kenny Omega Finally Reaches NJPW’s Pinnacle With Win Over Okada," 13 June 2018 It was seen as an activity not costing the company a lot of money and possibly having an opportunity to reposition the technology of the company in another market. Richard Moss, Ars Technica, "The Mac gaming console that time forgot," 24 Mar. 2018 More firefighting power is in place as California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection crews are repositioned to hazard areas and equipped with new suppression gear, including a fleet of civilian Black Hawk helicopters. Kurtis Alexander,, "With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year," 17 June 2018 When David rolled down the aisle in a wheelchair, more seats had to be lifted up and my walker repositioned. Ron Grossman,, "A year later, still thinking about a stranger met on a train," 9 July 2018 Intel has tried to reposition itself multiple times at CES in recent years with flashy keynotes, but the efforts have been unconvincing and lacked focus. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Intel now faces a fight for its future," 22 June 2018 Every spring and fall, as major cruise lines reposition their vessels from the Caribbean and elsewhere to Alaska for the summer, residents of the West Coast and beyond get the chance to sample short cruises at bargain prices. Alex Pulaski,, "Seeking a short cruise that's a bargain to boot? Check out repositioning trips, available as lines shift their ships to other ports," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of reposition


15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transitive verb
re·po·si·tion | \ˌrē-pə-ˈzish-ən \

Medical Definition of reposition 

: to return to or place in a normal or proper position reposition a dislocated shoulder

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