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

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Examples of reposition in a Sentence

Verb she repositioned the wood before taking another swing with the ax
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An Indy 500 lead-up program with as few puzzle pieces to reposition as possible would make a potential Indy 500 date shift easier, even if that piece is an hour-long race and a couple of practices beforehand. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Roger Penske frustrated with response to loss of Freedom 100 on 2021 Indy Lights schedule," 26 Oct. 2020 How does a nail lying horizontal on the pavement reposition itself so that the point drives itself into the tire and leaves only the head showing? Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, "Motor Mouth: Driving drives in nails all the way," 11 Sep. 2020 Rotational forces are costly to position, return, and reposition, whereas infrastructure and pre-positioned reserve investments are long-lasting. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Troop withdrawal from Germany a risky win for rotational troop approach, says Heritage scholar," 30 July 2020 Through the night, Pearson will monitor her well-being, checking her heart rate and helping reposition her in bed, all in the comfort and safety of Haby’s home. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "The coronavirus turns San Antonio teen into a home health aide — and an ‘invisible’ hero," 10 July 2020 When a dog locks up on point, one shooter will get a shot without having to reposition. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, "16 Expert Upland Bird Hunting Tips," 2 June 2020 The dry dock will take place in September with new enhancements in place for its four-night reposition cruise from Vancouver to San Diego on Sept. 30. Richard Tribou,, "Disney Cruise Line adding more New Orleans touches to Disney Wonder," 17 June 2019 This update should go a long way in helping reposition Portal as not just a standalone video chat device and more in line with a proper Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook is adding a web browser and Instant Games to Portal video chat devices," 14 Dec. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And then the pandemic hit, closing restaurants and causing a ripple effect that forced Everybody Eats, like so many businesses, to reposition themselves. Jill Weiskopf, Vogue, "The Gluten-Free Bakery That Became My Saving Grace During Lockdown," 24 Nov. 2020 Even before the health crisis, IBM has been struggling through a yearslong effort to reposition the company. Asa Fitch And Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "IBM to Spin Off Services Unit to Accelerate Cloud-Computing Pivot," 8 Oct. 2020 In some cases, a joint may need to be manipulated to reposition the bones, MedlinePlus says. Korin Miller,, "Washington Football Team’s Kyle Allen Suffers Gruesome Ankle Injury on Video—Here’s How Dislocations Happen," 9 Nov. 2020 Pitaro said the discussions on how to reposition the company in a changing media landscape predate COVID-19, but said the pandemic had accelerated those discussions. CBS News, "ESPN laying off 300 workers and leaving another 200 roles vacant," 5 Nov. 2020 Sberbank, which is the successor of the Soviet Union’s savings bank, is attempting to reposition itself as a technology company that can provide customers with services from taxis to telemedicine. Anna Baraulina,, "Yandex’s $5.5 Billion Deal for TCS Collapses as Tinkov Balks," 16 Oct. 2020 In spite of all that success, Acura is now attempting to reposition its largest SUV in the increasingly competitive luxury-SUV landscape. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2022 Acura MDX Will Have More Performance, Luxury, and Style," 14 Oct. 2020 The body’s natural response is to resist being suffocated by vigorously struggling to reposition yourself or remove the source of anguish. Tasha Williams, The New Republic, "The American Horror of Hooding," 5 Sep. 2020 This technique allowed the team to reposition each digitized skull fragment and put the skull back together into something closer to its original shape. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Study Reveals This Mysterious, Super Long-Necked Triassic Reptile Was a Marine Hunter," 11 Aug. 2020

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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 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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