Definition of position in English:



  • 1A place where someone or something is located or has been put.

    ‘the distress call had given the ship's position’
    ‘Mrs Snell took up her position on the bottom step of the stairs’
    • ‘In the time it took to pick up the chart and locate our position, our HF antenna iced up.’
    • ‘This is determined by the simple expedient of the listener holding a microphone to locate their position in the room.’
    • ‘Mr Roberts and the crew later located the position of the wreckage which they marked with an orange buoy.’
    • ‘In more recent times it has been located at its present position, adjacent to the meat processing plant.’
    • ‘The ceiling was high up from reach; oil drums and metallic cases were situated at nice positions, perfect for hiding.’
    • ‘Although I know several swims well I will always use the plumbing rod to locate the exact positions that I want to fish.’
    • ‘We moved all of our vehicles and soldiers from Camp Fallujah to a position about 1 mile north of the city.’
    • ‘Civilian users can locate their position on Earth to an accuracy of about thirty feet.’
    • ‘He needed to locate their defensive positions.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Ben has dived the wreck located at the position given for the Saxon Briton.’
    • ‘He made another important contribution in using a grid to locate positions of places on the Earth.’
    • ‘Still, when you land it is nice to have a few place names to help you locate your position.’
    • ‘With nowhere to go, the swelling water easily enters households situated at low positions.’
    • ‘There should never have been a car park in such a position of prominence as it is in Church Street.’
    • ‘It used GPS to locate his position on the ground and display the map of that area on his sensors.’
    • ‘He was part of a troop of lightweight Bren gun carriers whose job was to go out ahead of the army to locate the positions of German Panzer tanks hidden in the sand dunes.’
    • ‘The trajectory could then be plotted and extrapolated backwards so that its position could be located.’
    • ‘Bringing the pole down into a horizontal position, my right arm out behind me, locating the position of my left hand was easy.’
    • ‘Taliban anti-aircraft positions were located on a hill nearby and the neighborhood, Wazir Akbar Khan, was home to many Taliban officials.’
    • ‘His work in this area was aimed at locating the position of enemy guns.’
    • ‘My other car, which has been off the road for 10 years, is parked in an identical position and that wasn't ticketed.’
    location, place, situation, spot, site, locality, locale, scene, setting, area, point
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The correct location of someone or something.
      ‘sew the band into position’
      ‘make sure that no slates have slipped out of position’
      • ‘On a team filled with players who are out of position or out of place, pitching was supposed to be a strength.’
      • ‘As they aged, the extension mirror adjustment began to slip out of position on bumpy roads.’
      • ‘It's an enormous problem, you see, getting all that cat into position in such a small space.’
      • ‘About that time, volunteers began rolling the carts of food into position to serve.’
      • ‘The guards got into position behind each pillar that stood defiantly around the room.’
      • ‘Conditions were good on the river despite hailstorms blowing over London while the boats were getting into position.’
      • ‘I was the only tourist there, sharing the site with restoration workers moving fallen blocks back into position.’
      • ‘The big man moved into the room like a big cat moving into position before it leaped.’
      • ‘The rib was then raised into position, and pulled sideways to connect to the dovetails on the cross supports.’
      • ‘The football players then returned to the middle of the field and got into position again.’
      • ‘The modules are delivered to site by road where they are craned into position in only a few days ready for fitting out.’
      • ‘Place the automatic drain valves into position at the end of the run and branches.’
      • ‘Brian, in turn, cut his spot into a corner pocket and moved the black into position for an easy win.’
      • ‘Everybody is going away to think about what the best way is to manoeuvre the cross into position.’
      • ‘It broke under the weight as it was being hauled into position.’
      • ‘Alex poured another glass of whiskey and watched the new chunks of ice settle into position.’
      • ‘The panel is moved to its final location in the building and lowered into position.’
      • ‘I had the parcel on the ground, and waited for ages, edging gradually into position, when it arrived.’
      • ‘Place the template into position on the cabinet top or back and outline the duct hole.’
      • ‘Every night she'd come up and turn herself into position, put her head down on my chest and purr.’
    2. 1.2A place where part of a military force is posted for strategic purposes.
      ‘the guns were shelling the German positions’
      • ‘We sped through the desert past miles of abandoned Iraqi military positions and deserting Iraqi soldiers on our way to Kirkuk.’
      • ‘A framed map of military positions dominates the wall.’
      • ‘Use of the special forces depends on Pakistani intelligence about military positions.’
      • ‘The Rangers were to infiltrate enemy lines and take up blocking positions in the Irsch-Zerf road and prevent German forces from using it.’
      • ‘Others skirted the edge of the underbrush, and took up ambush positions around the forces of the government.’
      • ‘As in the vignette above, the enemy established ambush positions to hit our convoys moving north into zone.’
      • ‘Sources said the guerillas had suffered heavy casualties too as the military pounded rebel positions with artillery barrages.’
      • ‘The French sent their bombers in at night to attack military positions and border towns while avoiding Thai aircraft.’
      • ‘However for much of their empire they allowed Hindus to reach senior government or military positions.’
      • ‘The government army launched a series of air raids against positions held by the Force Nouvelle.’
      • ‘Other targets would include Pakistani artillery positions, strategic bridges, logistics bases and military supply routes.’
      • ‘Behind them lay old defensive military positions, trenches used two weeks ago by the Iraqi army.’
      • ‘Within the disputed border region, military forces from the neighboring state continue to consolidate their positions.’
      • ‘Finally, sand mixed with archeological fragments has been used to fill sandbags intended for protecting military positions.’
      • ‘In this situation, dismounted OPs placed in front of covered positions can detect enemy forces.’
      • ‘I propose that we send men in through the tunnel to take up strategic positions under the city.’
      • ‘Around Karbala, Iraqi defenders pounded suspected military positions in the ancient town.’
      • ‘It was one of the strongest natural defensive positions in military history, with the monastery, like some great all-seeing eye, peering down on everything.’
      • ‘Has it occurred to anyone that a US military force's field positions might be covertly mapped by an opposing force with the foresight to invest in a pie-tin and an RFID reader?’
      • ‘The attacks coincided with Afghan opposition forces shelling enemy positions in the strategic northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.’
  • 2A particular way in which someone or something is placed or arranged.

    ‘he moved himself into a reclining position’
    [mass noun] ‘cramp forced her to change position’
    • ‘First, a laser can be aimed from awkward positions, like reclining in bed or sprawled on the floor.’
    • ‘We started with some yoga positions, including 12 postures of suryanamaskar.’
    • ‘More fuel is used to get a vehicle moving from a stationary position, causing more pollution.’
    • ‘The walls, which can be moved to any number of positions, have been arranged so that visitors can enjoy intriguing and compelling vistas of Klee's works.’
    • ‘Is it hard on a vehicle for it to idle in a stationary position for long periods of time - and why or why not?’
    • ‘Perhaps it's some leftover pack instinct, when my dog folds himself into the most uncomfortable positions in order to nuzzle my face when I'm upset.’
    • ‘The big pile of bedding to the left is our futons which I've expertly arranged into a sitting position.’
    • ‘He stretched and arched his back, which was aching from the position he had been reclining in.’
    • ‘They can be reclined to a flat position providing a full length sleeping area.’
    • ‘These cards would then be arranged in their correct positions to make up a whole orchestra.’
    • ‘When pasting the red paper on the door, the character fu must be arranged in an upside-down position.’
    • ‘For example, the hands can contract into positions in which they can't be used.’
    • ‘When the water subsided, his body was recovered in the exact position.’
    • ‘When ready to pounce the wasp moves swiftly when its prey is usually in a stationary position.’
    • ‘Chair arms should be used only if they do not obstruct your sitting position and posture’
    • ‘It was a reclined position tricycle that you lay down in to use.’
    • ‘Among the items on the second list were stress positions for up to 45 minutes, sleep deprivation for up to 72 hours and use of muzzled dogs.’
    posture, stance, attitude, pose
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    1. 2.1The configuration of the pieces and pawns on the board at any point in a game of chess.
      • ‘Generally speaking, a Bishop is preferred over a Knight in open positions with pawns on both sides of the board.’
      • ‘In this book, Silman shares the actual thought processes of his students as they worked on typical chess positions.’
      • ‘It can analyze 200 million chess positions in a single second.’
      • ‘I am often asked questions about criteria used to evaluate chess positions.’
      • ‘In our first game, White went for a position with doubled pawns in order to obtain a pair of Bishops.’
      • ‘He must sit and watch as Black funnels his pieces into good positions.’
      • ‘For example a chess position would be given and a question mark would be on one of the squares.’
      • ‘He rearranged the game pieces to their positions and placed two dice in Arjun's hand.’
      • ‘As they proceed, games typically decompose into smaller collections of pieces - or positions.’
      • ‘In the second, Shirov gained a pawn but the position was not good enough to help him level the score.’
      • ‘With central and bishop pawns, practically all positions with a remote king are lost.’
      • ‘I've done so much work in the past on this defense that I feel confident in my ability to work positions out at the board.’
      • ‘In the endgame, the Bishop pair is particularly superior in positions with pawns on both sides of the board.’
      • ‘If a grandmaster puts himself in a checkable position in chess, is it less serious?’
      • ‘I tire of beginning each chess game with the pieces in the same positions, and having to make several moves before the game becomes original.’
      • ‘Black is continuing to improve his pieces' positions before the upcoming decisive blow.’
      • ‘What the better players had remembered, in other words, was not so much the positions of the chess pieces but the overall situations.’
      • ‘They might try to stay sharp by a combination of playing training games and analyzing positions.’
      • ‘White had more space and started a pawn roller on the kingside in front of her castled position.’
      • ‘De Groot showed that being an expert in chess does not improve one's memory for randomized chess positions.’
    2. 2.2Music A particular location of the hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument.
      ‘be familiar with the first six positions across the four strings’
      • ‘In addition, an animated instrument displays the exact notes to be played, highlighting correct keys or fingering positions.’
      • ‘Students can view their hand positions, posture and essentially take each lesson home with them for review.’
      • ‘As his memorized finger positions formed he lifted his head and began to sing, focusing on the crowd in front of him, it was larger than what they were used to yet it didn't seem that intimidating now.’
    3. 2.3Music The arrangement of the constituent notes of a chord.
      • ‘Each position is diagrammed, and the first new finger number is circled on the staff.’
      • ‘Finger positions can be marked for the suggested fingering of the chord.’
      • ‘While one positive aspect of this approach is that it lends itself to positions other than middle C, therein also lies the problem.’
  • 3A situation, especially as it affects one's power to act.

    ‘the company's financial position is grim’
    [with infinitive] ‘we were not in a position to judge the merits of the case’
    • ‘A council spokesperson said he was not in a position to answer the query on the double yellow lines.’
    • ‘Any significant increase in costs could affect the financial position adversely.’
    • ‘I am not in a position to judge the financial standing of either company.’
    • ‘After all, the government says it will continuously review its position as the situation changes.’
    • ‘Your Honour, the position is this in relation to the conduct of the matter so far.’
    situation, state, condition, circumstances, set of circumstances, state of affairs, case
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    1. 3.1[mass noun]The state of being placed where one has an advantage over one's rivals or competitors.
      ‘sleek motor launches jostled for position’
      • ‘The United States will retain its advantageous position for the next 20 or 30 years.’
      • ‘Did we realise what damage this might do to their competitive position?’
      • ‘In that case, the Government will be in a more advantageous position as a huge amount can be collected in tax.’
      • ‘The ones who know they don't trust may actually be in a more advantageous position.’
      • ‘I was right there and in perfect position to take advantage of the thermal.’
      • ‘So, I decided to take advantage of my position and take the time I had to work.’
      • ‘It aims to be an objective assessment of Scotland's competitive position in a global context.’
      • ‘Competing interests have begun jostling for position with an eye to any endgame.’
      • ‘Those of us, who are in a more advantageous position, know how bad the situation is.’
      • ‘That depresses wage rates and rents, and brings us back to a more competitive position.’
      • ‘Judging by the election results, they seem to have taken full advantage of their position.’
      • ‘She hastens to bolster her position and take advantage of his startled acceptance.’
      • ‘They did this by making them hungry and impressing the club's secondary position to their rivals.’
      • ‘What all of this tends to suggest is that we need much deeper and more refined analysis of the Irish competitive position.’
      • ‘This is an emerging market, with competitors fighting for position, so it could be fatal if the firm were to take its eye off the ball now.’
      • ‘As ever, the advantage of this position is the opportunity that it provides to view both sides of the debate.’
      • ‘It is very important to be as high as possible for the start to have an edge in position on your competitors.’
      • ‘The organisation said the pay rises were a concern and a threat to the economy's competitive position.’
      • ‘With some precautions, women can regain their advantageous position in the healthy heart race.’
      • ‘After all, they were on the offensive and had a very advantageous position in the dying minutes of the game.’
      advantage, pole position, advantageous position, favourable position, the upper hand, the edge, the whip hand, primacy
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    2. 3.2A person's place or level of importance in relation to others.
      ‘he made up ground to finish in second position’
      • ‘Starting the day in first position after the first round, Watson continued from where he left off to win the title.’
      • ‘What seems to remain the same, however, is that men retain their monopoly of positions involving power and authority.’
      • ‘Women don't emerge from sexual exploitation into positions of power, respect or admiration.’
      • ‘I am now considering my options in relation to my position in the Labour party.’
      • ‘He considered the position of women in his society as a form of slavery.’
      • ‘But this race was all about Fernandez and from his leading position he was not going to allow Hartl get within striking distance of his direct trip to the semi-final.’
      • ‘Everyone wants to play for each other, but we're all in different positions at club level, so some will be out to prove a point’
      • ‘Now the whole social situation, including the position of women, has become more complex.’
      • ‘A good overall education program should promote understanding of the cooperative's character, governance, finances, policies, operations and market position.’
      • ‘When it comes to the interviewees' relative positions on the status scales, the interviewer was, in fact, blind.’
      • ‘Women typically use the speech style they do because they are in less powerful positions in relation to men.’
      • ‘I feel languorous about my world, and of my position and importance in it.’
      • ‘How should a writer determine his/her position in relation to the rest of humanity?’
      level, stage, degree, standard, stratum
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    3. 3.3[mass noun]High rank or social standing.
      ‘a woman of supposed wealth and position’
      • ‘The symbols of independence give them the upward position in social hierarchy and status ladder.’
      • ‘I don't think you're ever aware of your position as a social group perceives it.’
      • ‘Traditionally, not only property is bequeathed, but social and political position as well.’
      • ‘Scholars occupied an important social position in the long period of feudal society in China.’
      • ‘Every person had a different colour and number of bands, telling each of them their rank and position.’
      • ‘As a result, millions of workers have suffered an unprecedented reversal in their social position.’
      • ‘They have a different social position to ordinary rank and file union members.’
      • ‘Such a man or woman is slave to his or her social position and wealth.’
      • ‘Politics based upon ethnicity has led to the drastic lowering of the social position of the working class.’
      • ‘No, the reason she found him to be so irritating was that he took his position in the social hierarchy for granted.’
      • ‘All these figures reflect a loss of the social position of the working class.’
      • ‘The judges were powerful men and their social rank and position inspired loyalty.’
      • ‘They sought to offer women confirmation of their status and position in the social world and models to which they could aspire.’
      • ‘Access to education was clearly dictated by one's position in the social and gender hierarchies.’
      • ‘I know some people who have status, position and wealth but who are not necessarily happy.’
      • ‘He began life with all the advantages of English rank and position.’
      • ‘Land holding in rural areas is a major indicator of economic status and social position.’
      • ‘Her successful career and her high social position had not brought her personal fulfilment.’
      • ‘An establishment figure, he has all the airs and graces of his social position.’
      • ‘Not all imams are the same, of course, but they occupy a particular social position in their communities.’
      status, place, level, rank, grade, grading, rating, standing, station, footing
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    4. 3.4A job.
      ‘she retired from her position as marketing director’
      • ‘We have therefore decided to decline the offer of discussions on a possible position on the Liberal Democrat executive.’
      • ‘Some agency positions would be affected by the reduction by the end of 2003.’
      • ‘The president has filled a number of high level positions since being re-elected.’
      • ‘It usually appoints its cronies to positions of importance.’
      • ‘An increase in the number of junior and senior level positions is now evident, but recruitment continues at a relatively sluggish pace.’
      • ‘Brewing has become a fashionable career option for women, who are going on to fill positions at senior level in the industry.’
      • ‘He received a position at the University of Rostock but was appointed to a lectureship at Groningen in the same year.’
      • ‘Why do so few women make it top level positions - not just in corporations but in science and engineering?’
      • ‘Most people in high level government positions today are intimately connected with big business.’
      • ‘At that time, I was running for elections for the position of external relations Officer.’
      • ‘This would secure jobs and create new positions, he asserted.’
      • ‘An often-impenetrable glass ceiling limits many women seeking executive level positions in corporate America.’
      • ‘He had been offered a position at Berlin University and Minna and her family were keen to move there.’
      • ‘There are some paid positions, but at levels below what any mainstream publication would consider a skeleton staff.’
      • ‘He held positions of importance in the government but was relieved of these posts by President Bashir in 1999-2000.’
      • ‘In addition to his mathematics position, he was appointed to a divinity lectureship in 1845.’
      • ‘Britain's biggest insurer said it would attempt to find alternative employment for those staff whose positions are affected.’
      • ‘Mr Andrew Laing took up the position on Monday, succeeding Mr Graeme Napier, who has recently been made a sheriff.’
      • ‘I accepted and became the first Jew to hold a tenured position in the mathematics department.’
      • ‘His resignation from his position on Monday afternoon last came as a big shock to the soccer public in Waterford.’
      job, day job, post, situation, appointment, role, occupation, employment
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    5. 3.5(in team games) a role assigned to a particular player based on the location in which they play.
      ‘he looks best in central midfield, his own preferred position’
      • ‘The team spent the rest of the draft wisely looking for backups at depth-shy positions and special team players.’
      • ‘This will be a classic battle between two of the premier players at their positions.’
      • ‘There is enough money available to go after the best at those positions, or the team could sign second-tier players who would provide upgrades.’
      • ‘Having two of the world's best players in key positions certainly helps a team be considered great.’
      • ‘Don't we need provisions in player contracts that require the players to accept positions on the Olympic team?’
      • ‘Third base once was a position flush with players with outsize offensive numbers.’
      • ‘If you do it sooner, you might miss out on some players at other positions who immediately can fill starting roles.’
      • ‘Shortstop and third base are the positions the team is most concerned with entering the 2001 season.’
      • ‘The players at the power positions for this team look as though they've spent the past six months losing weight, not lifting weights.’
      • ‘Smith is putting an emphasis on speed at all defensive positions and wants every player moving to the ball at top speed to create turnovers.’
      • ‘You have only to look at his record of assists and willingness to pass to players in better positions to see that.’
      • ‘All defensive players have shifted positions according to the rules for this defense.’
      • ‘Good coaching is putting your players in positions where they have a chance to be successful.’
      • ‘Fortunately for the team, second base and left field are positions where leadoff hitters can be found, making the task a little easier.’
      • ‘Players switching positions is as old as the game itself.’
      • ‘We just had a quality group of players at all positions, including defense, offense, and special teams.’
      • ‘The reason is the team thinks it has several players who play multiple positions.’
      • ‘The opening quarter was a game of dueling field positions.’
      • ‘This is one of the deeper areas of the team because several players can play two positions.’
      • ‘Each player is assigned one position and he can only play that particular spot all year.’
  • 4A person's point of view or attitude towards something.

    ‘the party's position on abortion’
    • ‘Opinions, ideas, viewpoints, positions, perspectives, angles, impressions - now these I can handle.’
    • ‘What is worse is that they assume that their view constitutes a feminist position on the issue.’
    • ‘Now if France wants to take a different position on certain issues, fine, I don't mind, why should that make me worry?’
    • ‘Factionalism implies a degree of coherence or constraint in a group's position on issues: we expect certain policy positions to go together.’
    • ‘For his part, Okalik said his position on the human rights law remains unchanged.’
    • ‘His position on euthanasia grew from a principled view of patients' rights.’
    • ‘I apologise for the way in which my position on decommissioning was misrepresented.’
    • ‘This article states the libertarian position on immigration in a fairly reasonable way.’
    • ‘Regardless of your viewpoint, the chances are that you hold a passionate position on this argument.’
    • ‘He simply assumes that the liberal position on these issues is unassailable.’
    • ‘That would have meant abandoning the conference and pushing the executive's position to rank and file members.’
    • ‘Is it possible to take a position on violence as a means towards an end, regardless of the nature of that end?’
    • ‘The prime minister has made his position clear: ‘The law must be the law, no matter who you are or what influence you have,’ he declared.’
    • ‘He said his position on a public inquiry would not be changing.’
    • ‘In the meantime, he called on the government to clarify its position on the matter.’
    • ‘I explained my position on the republic in terms which I won't repeat here but which are set out on my website.’
    • ‘Could you state your position on the referendum, and in what ways have you been misunderstood?’
    • ‘Some will remember that these pages have indicated my position on a number of Harris' policies.’
    • ‘The orthodox view can then be contrasted with the revisionist position on these issues.’
    point of view, viewpoint, opinion, way of thinking, outlook, attitude, stand, standpoint, stance, posture, angle, perspective, approach, slant, thinking, policy, thoughts, ideas, sentiments, feelings
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  • 5The extent to which an investor, dealer, or speculator has made a commitment in the market by buying or selling securities.

    ‘traders were covering short positions’
    • ‘They kept on buying bonds and hedged themselves with short positions in the commodity market.’
    • ‘We suspect that many players hit with losses in the credit markets have been forced to also cover short positions in the stock market.’
    • ‘Dealers with long positions from the previous week triggered a massive dumping of cheap dollars but with little excitement generated from traders.’
    • ‘A large rally ensues, and the PPT then sells its long positions into the hedge fund and institutional buying.’
    • ‘Many hedge funds continue to make money when stock markets are falling because the investment managers take short positions in stocks.’
  • 6Logic
    A proposition laid down or asserted; a tenet or assertion.

    • ‘Isn't Marx making a deliberately exaggerated statement of his own position in order to display its novelty?’
    • ‘Rather, the argument in each of these chapters is deductive from the theoretical positions worked out in the first two chapters.’
    • ‘A man sets out to prove a philosophical position mathematically, so that there can be no doubt.’
    • ‘The first is that inconsistency is readily avoided by a little care in the formulation of the sceptical position.’
    • ‘This position might, to contrast it with Moore's objectivism, be called subjectivism.’
    argument, claim, plea, submission, allegation
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  • 1 Put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way.

    ‘he pulled out a chair and positioned it between them’
    ‘she positioned herself on a bench’
    • ‘When installing a boiler, you need to think about ventilation and positioning the flue.’
    • ‘The cafeteria lunch servers are positioned near the doors with bags of chips, cookies, and soda in case you need a quick recharge.’
    • ‘Native or closely related species of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and grasses are positioned close to the perimeter.’
    • ‘Stand with one leg slightly bent behind you, positioning your foot on a small, sturdy rock or stump no more than a foot high.’
    • ‘The rain stopped as soon as we had positioned ourselves in the doors and windows overlooking the lawn and the porch.’
    • ‘Unusually, the petrol flap release button is positioned in the middle of the driver's door panel.’
    • ‘The restaurant is conveniently positioned near West Croydon train station, with plenty of parking space.’
    • ‘Grabbing a chair, she positioned it underneath a particular spot on the ceiling.’
    • ‘For dinner on the second evening, Captain Lampe positioned the ship near the walls of the Monaco glacier.’
    • ‘Matt nodded and stood up, carefully positioning his arms underneath her and picking up her small form.’
    • ‘Maines prefers to balance objects together before welding to compare different ways of positioning her sculptures.’
    • ‘They also say that positioning the radiators on the opposite side of the room from the window can cause draughts.’
    • ‘The driver positioned the car so that the front passenger door was right in front of me.’
    • ‘The property is beautifully positioned on a large site, with ample space for an extension.’
    • ‘She watched him grab the chair and positioned it in front of her and sat resting a foot on his knee.’
    • ‘As a general rule, you should always avoid positioning a child's cot too close to the entrance door of the bedroom.’
    • ‘The staff can keep an eye on everyone from their centrally positioned work station.’
    • ‘Remove the liner from the adhesive back and press it against the bottom of the door, positioning it for maximum contact with the floor.’
    • ‘Overall, the instruments are well positioned, and twin cowls for the main dials add to the car's overall sporting theme.’
    • ‘Many cameras were poorly positioned when first installed, while others are more than ten years old, it is claimed.’
    put, place, locate, situate, set, site, stand, station
    lay, lie, rest, prop, plant, stick, install, settle
    arrange, dispose, array, range, lay out, deploy
    orient, orientate
    plonk, park
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    1. 1.1Promote (a product, service, or business) within a particular sector of a market, or as the fulfilment of that sector's specific requirements.
      ‘a development plan which will position the city as a major economic force in the region’
      • ‘Companies are also positioning their ad campaigns to this effect.’
      • ‘McGowan is positioning the company for a big shake-out of underperforming operations.’
      • ‘He will, at the very least, see the addition of Your and Legend as giving him some greater clout and positioning the company for another assault.’
    2. 1.2figurative Portray or regard (someone) as a particular type of person.
      ‘I had positioned her as my antagonist’
      • ‘My fear is that by positioning it that way, it sets up certain expectations in the audiences.’
      • ‘He positions the party as a vehicle for career advancement, and not one for the betterment of our society.’
      • ‘He positions the signing of New York-based firm as just another organic extension of the company.’
      • ‘His true politics are unknown but much of his campaign rhetoric positioned him as more pro-business than pro-labor.’
      • ‘In so doing, it positions the web as Hollywood's new wellspring of original stories.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin positio(n-), from ponere to place. The current sense of the verb dates from the early 19th century.