Definitions for positionpəˈzɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

po•si•tion*pəˈzɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. condition with reference to place, often relative to the location of others; location; situation.

  2. a place occupied or to be occupied; site:

    a fortified position.

  3. the proper, appropriate, or usual place:

    out of position.

  4. situation or condition, esp. with relation to favorable or unfavorable circumstances:

    The question put me in an awkward position.

  5. status or standing; rank.

    Category: Sociology, Common Vocabulary

  6. high standing or status, as in society.

    Category: Sociology, Common Vocabulary

  7. a post of employment; job.

  8. the manner of being placed, disposed, or arranged.

  9. bodily posture or attitude:

    sitting in an uncomfortable position.

  10. attitude or opinion; stand:

    his position on capital punishment.

  11. the act of positing.

  12. something that is posited.

  13. the part of a sports field or playing area covered by a particular player.

  14. a commitment to buy or sell securities, as stocks.

    Category: Stock Exchange, Business

  15. (v.t.)to put in a particular or appropriate position; place; situate.

  16. to determine the position of; locate.

    in a reclining position.

    a relaxed posture.

    an attitude of prayer.

    an attractive pose.

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Origin of position:

1325–75; ME posicioun a positing (< AF) < L positiō a placing = posi-, var. s. of pōnere to put, place + -tiō -tion


Princeton's WordNet

  1. position, place(noun)

    the particular portion of space occupied by something

    "he put the lamp back in its place"

  2. military position, position(noun)

    a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons

  3. position, view, perspective(noun)

    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.

    "consider what follows from the positivist view"

  4. position, posture, attitude(noun)

    the arrangement of the body and its limbs

    "he assumed an attitude of surrender"

  5. status, position(noun)

    the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society

    "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"

  6. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation(noun)

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  7. position, spatial relation(noun)

    the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

    "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"

  8. position(noun)

    the appropriate or customary location

    "the cars were in position"

  9. position(noun)

    (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

    "what position does he play?"

  10. placement, location, locating, position, positioning, emplacement(noun)

    the act of putting something in a certain place

  11. situation, position(noun)

    a condition or position in which you find yourself

    "the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils"; "found herself in a very fortunate situation"

  12. position, stance, posture(noun)

    a rationalized mental attitude

  13. side, position(noun)

    an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute

    "there are two sides to every question"

  14. place, position(noun)

    an item on a list or in a sequence

    "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position"

  15. stead, position, place, lieu(noun)

    the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

    "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"

  16. position(verb)

    the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom

  17. position(verb)

    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

  18. put, set, place, pose, position, lay(verb)

    put into a certain place or abstract location

    "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. position(noun)əˈzɪʃ ən

    how sth is arranged or placed

    a comfortable sleeping position; to sit in an upright position

  2. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    a situation

    We're in a very difficult financial position.; The Red Sox are in a great position to win the playoffs.

  3. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    the place sth is in

    the sun's position in the sky; Our theater seats were in a good position to see everything.

  4. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    sb's opinion on a particular issue

    What's your position on immigration control?

  5. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    a job

    a senior/junior position; a position of responsibility; I had an interview but wasn't offered the position

  6. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    the place on a sports field, court, etc. that a player plays

    What position do you play?

  7. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    how important sb or sth is in relation to other people or things

    gays' and lesbians' position in society

  8. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    sb's place or rank in a competition; = place

    The car moved up into second position.

  9. position(verb)əˈzɪʃ ən

    to put in a particular place

    The director was thinking about where to position the camera.

  10. positionəˈzɪʃ ən

    to put yourself in a situation that makes it easier to achieve sth

    She's positioning herself to lead the company some day.


  1. position(Noun)

    A place or location.

  2. position(Noun)

    A post of employment; a job.

  3. position(Noun)

    A status or rank.

    Chief of Staff is the second-highest position in the army.

  4. position(Noun)

    An opinion, stand or stance.

    My position on this issue is unchanged.

  5. position(Noun)

    A posture.

    Stand in this position, with your arms at your side.

  6. position(Noun)

    A place on the playing field, together with a set of duties, assigned to a player.

    Stop running all over the field and play your position!

  7. position(Noun)

    An amount of securities or commodities held by a person, firm or institution.

    Strong earnings have bolstered the company's financial position.

  8. position(Verb)

    To put into place.

  9. Origin: From position, from positio, from ponere, past participle positus; see ponent. Compare apposition, composition, deposition; see pose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Position(noun)

    the state of being posited, or placed; the manner in which anything is placed; attitude; condition; as, a firm, an inclined, or an upright position

  2. Position(noun)

    the spot where a person or thing is placed or takes a place; site; place; station; situation; as, the position of man in creation; the fleet changed its position

  3. Position(noun)

    hence: The ground which any one takes in an argument or controversy; the point of view from which any one proceeds to a discussion; also, a principle laid down as the basis of reasoning; a proposition; a thesis; as, to define one's position; to appear in a false position

  4. Position(noun)

    relative place or standing; social or official rank; as, a person of position; hence, office; post; as, to lose one's position

  5. Position(noun)

    a method of solving a problem by one or two suppositions; -- called also the rule of trial and error

  6. Position(verb)

    to indicate the position of; to place

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #395

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Written Corpus Frequency: #651

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Nouns Frequency: #107

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Verbs Frequency: #956

Translations for position

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a way of standing, sitting etc

He lay in an uncomfortable position.

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