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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
po•si•tion /pəˈzɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. location;
    condition with regard to place:[countable]the position of the moon in the sky.
  2. a place occupied or to be occupied;
    site:[countable]The garrison was a well-fortified position.
  3. the proper or usual place:[uncountable]position of the furniture.
  4. situation or condition, esp. in relation to circumstances:[countable;  usually singular]in an awkward position.
  5. Sociology status or standing;
    rank:[countable]They were in the top positions in their classes.
  6. a job:[countable]took a new position with a publishing company.
  7. an attitude, opinion, or belief:[countable]the governor's position on capital punishment.
  8. the part of a sports field covered by a player:[countable]Which position did you play: pitcher, catcher, or infielder?

v. [+ object]
  1. to put (something) in a particular, proper, or correct position:He positioned himself next to the president.
See -pos-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
po•si•tion  (pə zishən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. condition with reference to place;
  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:to be in an awkward position; to bargain from a position of strength.
  5. Sociologystatus or standing:He has a position to maintain in the community.
  6. Sociologyhigh standing, as in society;
    important status:a person of wealth and position.
  7. a post of employment:a position in a bank.
  8. manner of being placed, disposed, or arranged:the relative position of the hands of a clock.
  9. bodily posture or attitude:to be in a sitting position.
  10. mental attitude;
    stand:one's position on a controversial topic.
  11. the act of positing.
  12. something that is posited.
  13. Dance, Music and Dance[Ballet.]any of the five basic positions of the feet with which every step or movement begins and ends. Cf.  first position, second position, third position, fourth position, fifth position. 
  14. Music and Dance
    • the arrangement of tones in a chord, esp. with regard to the location of the root tone in a triad or to the distance of the tones from each other. Cf.  close position, inversion (def. 8a), open position, root position. 
    • any of the places on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument where the fingers stop the strings to produce the variouspitches.
    • any of the places to which the slide of a trombone is shifted to produce changes in pitch.
  15. Stock Exchange, Business[Finance.]a commitment to buy or sell securities:He took a large position in defense stocks.
  16. Poetry[Class. Pros.]the situation of a short vowel before two or more consonants or their equivalent, making the syllable metrically long.

  1. to put in a particular or appropriate position;
  2. to determine the position of;
po•sition•al, adj. 
po•sition•less, adj. 
  • Latin positiōn- (stem of positiō) a placing, etc. See posit, -ion
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English posicioun a positing ( 1325–75
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged station, locality, spot.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rank.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Position, job, place, situation refer to a post of employment.
      Position is any employment, though usually above manual labor:a position as clerk.Job is colloquial for
      position, and applies to any work from lowest to highest in an organization:a job as cook, as manager.Place and
      situation are both mainly used today in reference to a position that is desired or being applied for;
      situation is the general word in the business world:Situations Wanted;
      place is used rather of domestic employment:He is looking for a place as a gardener.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged placement, disposition, array, arrangement.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Position, posture, attitude, pose refer to an arrangement or disposal of the body or its parts.
      Position is the general word for the arrangement of the body:in a reclining position.Posture is usually an assumed arrangement of the body, esp. when standing:a relaxed posture.Attitude is often a posture assumed for imitative effect or the like, but may be one adopted for a purpose (as that of a fencer or a tightrope walker):an attitude of prayer.A
      pose is an attitude assumed, in most cases, for artistic effect:an attractive pose.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proposition, hypothesis, postulate, thesis;
      dictum, assertion, predication, contention;
      doctrine, principle.
    • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged situate.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

position /pəˈzɪʃən/ n
  1. the place, situation, or location of a person or thing: he took up a position to the rear
  2. the appropriate or customary location: the telescope is in position for use
  3. the manner in which a person or thing is placed; arrangement
  4. an area or point occupied for tactical reasons
  5. mental attitude; point of view; stand: what's your position on this issue?
  6. social status or standing, esp high social standing
  7. a post of employment; job
  8. the act of positing a fact or viewpoint
  9. something posited, such as an idea, proposition, etc
  10. the part of a field or playing area where a player is placed or where he generally operates
  11. the vertical spacing or layout of the written notes in a chord. Chords arranged with the three upper voices close together are in close position. Chords whose notes are evenly or widely distributed are in open position
  12. (in classical prosody) the situation in which a short vowel may be regarded as long, that is, when it occurs before two or more consonants
  13. the market commitment of a dealer in securities, currencies, or commodities: a long position, a short position
  14. in a position ⇒ (followed by an infinitive) able (to)
vb (transitive)
  1. to put in the proper or appropriate place; locate
  2. to place (oneself or another player) in a particular part of the field or playing area
  3. to put (someone or something) in a position (esp in relation to others) that confers a strategic advantage: he's trying to position himself for a leadership bid
  4. to promote (a product or service) by tailoring it to the needs of a specific market or by clearly differentiating it from its competitors (e.g. in terms of price or quality)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin positiō a positioning, affirmation, from pōnere to place, lay down

poˈsitional adj

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