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 Marlboro was founded as a women’s cigarette brand before it was repositioned as a masculine product with a rugged cowboy feel and personality., "Mr. Norris, a nonsmoker who was portrayed in Marlboro advertisements with a cigarette in his hand or mouth, was the face of the Marlboro brand for more than a decade.," 12 Nov. 2019 The campaign began in 1955 after Philip Morris and the advertising agency Leo Burnett Worldwide had begun ravamping the Marlboro brand; founded as a women’s cigarette, it was being repositioned as a rugged masculine product. Prof. Mariel Padilla, New York Times, "Robert Norris, Marlboro Man Who Didn’t Smoke, Dies at 90," 11 Nov. 2019 The various images also showed that the box moved or was repositioned in the trunk between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee’s brother — who is a Colorado police officer — takes stand in murder trial," 5 Nov. 2019 Masterpieces dulled by overfamiliarity in an account that had become as rote as a college textbook spring to second lives by being repositioned. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Exuberance of MOMA’s Expansion," 14 Oct. 2019 Carnival Breeze will likewise return to Galveston from Port Canaveral, where it was repositioned after the larger Carnival Vista arrived to Galveston. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Carnival Cruise Line to have four Galveston-based ships in 2021," 14 Oct. 2019 The onscreen keyboard pops up at the bottom edge of the screen, and can be repositioned wherever it's needed on the screen. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Apple’s New iPad Is Bigger and More Connected," 10 Sep. 2019 This June, Chance inked a new contract with Arista Records — the label currently being repositioned by former Island Records chief David Massey and which includes other signees Stephen Puth, Dynoro and others. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Queer Pop Force Greyson Chance's Pride Playlist: 'I Take Lead From These Artists'," 6 Sep. 2019 Using tongs, reposition the chicken so that the pieces farthest from the fire are now closest; keep the chicken skin side up. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Say farewell to summer with easy Italian grilled chicken and a bold dessert," 20 Aug. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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