re·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌrē-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce reposition (audio) , 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 How to pronounce reposition (audio) \
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

Examples of reposition in a Sentence

Verb she repositioned the wood before taking another swing with the ax
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lift your hands and reposition on dough, closer to you. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 And trucking capacity also impacts this sector, with not enough trucks or drivers available to deliver, reposition pallets and/or move them around to where they are needed most. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Under the current system, Iron Dome batteries are mobile, but require hours to reposition across Israel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 June 2021 Coty’s sales, the company is also moving at speed to reposition Rimmel London and Max Faxtor. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The magnitude of what needs to be done requires urgent efforts to reduce emissions and to reposition tomorrow’s winning companies, sectors and countries. Dickon Pinner, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2021 At least eight tugboats have been brought in to reposition and refloat the vessel. USA Today, 26 Mar. 2021 And these matching lightweight stackable chairs are easy to move and reposition for extra seating. Lizzy Briskin,, 24 Mar. 2021 At a time of compulsory face masks, a teacher cannot help a student reposition a finger inside her mouth in order to whistle better. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That movie was going to reposition Eddie Brock as a kind of anti-hero, with Venom as his dark side. Joe Reid, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 Since the pivotal changes of 2018, the nonprofit Miss America Organization has strove to reposition itself. Rory Satran, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2021 Once China’s runaway leader in desktop search, 21-year-old Baidu is trying to reposition itself as an AI company with use cases in everything from ride-hailing to smart speakers and the cloud. Zheping Huang,, 12 Aug. 2021 They are intended to transcend class — not only to reposition luxury goods as consumer items everyone might aspire to have, but to position women, or a very narrow subset of women, as a stand-in for the idea of women in the marketplace. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 As a result, an increasing number of people are quitting their 9-5 jobs to pursue their passions, reinvent themselves, and reposition their brands and businesses to align closer with their values. Ellevate, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Coming out of the pandemic, CEOs and boards had the opportunity to pause and see where and how their industries were changing, and many [are relying on dealmaking] to reposition themselves and their businesses. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 The index was dragged lower by everything from banks, travel companies and energy companies as investors tried to reposition to protect themselves financially from the new variant. Ken Sweet And Paul Wiseman, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2021 But the country is determined to reposition itself as an alluring global hotspot that can compete with the likes of nearby Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 19 Oct. 2021

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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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“Reposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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transitive verb
re·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌrē-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce reposition (audio) \

Medical Definition of reposition

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

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