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

Alex Wong, a director at Ample Capital, said more startups are likely to go public in Hong Kong in the coming years, as the city repositions itself as a tech fundraising hub. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Hong Kong IPOs Power Ahead Despite Recent Market Weakness," 20 Sep. 2018 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

Take a nut driver or socket and wrench, loosen all hex head gasket screws, reposition the gasket using a putty knife to shove it into position, and retighten. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things to Do Around the House Before the Holidays," 16 Nov. 2018 More often than not, the sleeves need to be tailored, the hem taken up, and the buttons repositioned to eliminate that embarrassing bulge at the bust. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Label Is for Women Who Want a Custom Shirt at the Right Price But Just Can’t Find One," 25 Oct. 2018 Thankfully, a few buttons to the left of the wheel will reposition the HUD, brighten or darken it, and toggle through its modes. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 GMC Sierra: The Truck That Tried to Reinvent the Tailgate," 27 Aug. 2018 The man then claimed that the woman repositioned her vehicle and hit his car with hers, the Cape Cod Times said, citing the police report. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Anti-Trump vandalism sweeps country: Yacht, Hollywood star latest targets," 9 Aug. 2018 Microsoft will have to dig deep to reposition its existing services as consumer-friendly. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's pledge to win back the consumer needs to be more than just words," 20 July 2018 The median pay gap between men and women doing comparable jobs has fallen to 7.6 percent from 9.3 percent since last year amid a series of initiatives that included introducing simpler job descriptions and repositioning people within pay ranges. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "BBC Closes Gender Pay Gap, but Men Are Still Its 12 Highest-Paid Stars," 11 July 2018 And there's good reason for Trump to want to upend the table and reposition all the pieces. NBC News, "Trump hits the world stage, Day One: Come late, leave early, offend host, alienate allies," 8 June 2018 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

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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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