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 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 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 The train was spotted again at the station on April 23, and appeared to be repositioned for departure. Fortune, "Mystery of Kim Jong Un’s health continues to grow," 27 Apr. 2020 The move follows days of increasing calls to reposition medical staff from unused surge hospital beds. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Defense Department to reorient medical footprint in New York," 14 Apr. 2020 The Disney Plus streaming service is a make-or-break effort to reposition Disney for growth — its traditional cable businesses are in decline — and compete with the tech giants that are aggressively moving into Hollywood. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger Hands Keys to Magic Kingdom to Its 7th Chief," 4 Mar. 2020 Some aficionados have repositioned it as a meditative wellness practice. Darrell Hartman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where Fly-Fishing Obsessives Go to Get Away From the Crowds," 4 Feb. 2020 Even when a company is doing fine financially, changes may still be afoot if the board or shareholder activists want to bring on a new CEO to reposition the business for the future. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "A new CEO doesn't always mean layoffs. What to watch out for," 10 Jan. 2020 Dozens of times per second, the turbulence measurement is used to reposition thousands of actuators attached to flexible mirrors inside the telescope, reshaping them to cancel out the atmospheric distortion. Quanta Magazine, "Peering Into the Early Universe," 7 Mar. 2013 Nurses monitor vitals, adjust fluids and carefully reposition patients. Kinfay Moroti, USA Today, "‘Afraid and overwhelmed’: A look inside one hospital on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 As the frigid Alaskan waters lapped at his heels, Patrick Druckenmiller repositioned his saw against the algae-dappled rock. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "215-Million-Year-Old, Sharp-Nosed Sea Creature Was Among the Last of Its Kind," 5 Mar. 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 28 May. 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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