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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
po•si•tion /pəˈzɪʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
condition with regard to place[countable]the position of the moon in the sky.
- a place occupied or to be occupied; site[countable]The garrison was a well-fortified position.
- the proper or usual place[uncountable]position of the furniture.
- situation or condition, esp. in relation to circumstances[countable; usually singular]in an awkward position.
- Sociology status or standing;
rank[countable]They were in the top positions in their classes.
- a job[countable]took a new position with a publishing company.
- an attitude, opinion, or belief[countable]the governor's position on capital punishment.
- the part of a sports field covered by a player[countable]Which position did you play: pitcher, catcher, or infielder?
- to put (something) in a particular, proper, or correct position:He positioned himself next to the president.
(pə zish′ən), n.
- condition with reference to place;
- a place occupied or to be occupied;
site:a fortified position.
- the proper, appropriate, or usual place:out of position.
- situation or condition, esp. with relation to favorable or unfavorable circumstances:to be in an awkward position; to bargain from a position of strength.
- Sociologystatus or standing:He has a position to maintain in the community.
- Sociologyhigh standing, as in society; important status:a person of wealth and position.
- a post of employment:a position in a bank.
- manner of being placed, disposed, or arranged:the relative position of the hands of a clock.
- bodily posture or attitude:to be in a sitting position.
- mental attitude; stand:one's position on a controversial topic.
- the act of positing.
- something that is posited.
- 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.
- 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.
Stock Exchange, Business[Finance.]a commitment to buy or sell securities:He took a large position in defense stocks.
Poetry[Class. Pros.]the situation of a short vowel before two or more consonants or their equivalent, making the syllable metrically long.
- any of the places to which the slide of a trombone is shifted to produce changes in pitch.
- to put in a particular or appropriate position; place.
- to determine the position of;
2 . station, locality, spot. 5 . rank. 7 . 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;
- Latin positiōn- (stem of positiō) a placing, etc. See posit, -ion
- Middle English posicioun a positing ( 1325–75
place is used rather of domestic employment:He is looking for a place as a gardener. 8 . placement, disposition, array, arrangement. 9 . 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 . proposition, hypothesis, postulate, thesis;
dictum, assertion, predication, contention;
doctrine, principle. 17 . situate.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
position /pəˈzɪʃən/ n
- the place, situation, or location of a person or thing: he took up a position to the rear
- the appropriate or customary location: the telescope is in position for use
- the manner in which a person or thing is placed; arrangement
- an area or point occupied for tactical reasons
- mental attitude; point of view; stand: what's your position on this issue?
- social status or standing, esp high social standing
- a post of employment; job
- the act of positing a fact or viewpoint
- something posited, such as an idea, proposition, etc
- the part of a field or playing area where a player is placed or where he generally operates
- 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
- (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
- the market commitment of a dealer in securities, currencies, or commodities: a long position, a short position
- in a position ⇒ (followed by an infinitive) able (to)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin positiō a positioning, affirmation, from pōnere to place, lay downpoˈsitional adj
- to put in the proper or appropriate place; locate
- to place (oneself or another player) in a particular part of the field or playing area
- 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
- 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)
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