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1‘radars determine the aircraft's position’
location, place, situation, spot, site, locality, locale, scene, setting, area, point
whereabouts, bearings, orientation
NZ Australian informal possie
2‘she levered herself into a standing position’
posture, stance, attitude, pose
set, arrangement, disposition, placement
3‘the company's financial position is dire’
situation, state, condition, circumstances, set of circumstances, state of affairs, case
predicament, plight, pass
4‘all the political parties were jockeying for position’
advantage, pole position, advantageous position, favourable position, the upper hand, the edge, the whip hand, primacy
North American informal the catbird seat
NZ Australian informal the box seat
5‘people's awareness of their position in society’
status, place, level, rank, grade, grading, rating, standing, station, footing
stature, prestige, influence, reputation, repute, importance, consequence, class
6‘I'm looking for a secretarial position’
job, day job, post, situation, appointment, role, occupation, employment
office, capacity, duty, function
opening, vacancy, niche, opportunity, placement
Australian informal grip
7‘the chancellor was asked to clarify the government's position on the matter’
point of view, viewpoint, opinion, way of thinking, outlook, attitude, stand, standpoint, stance, posture, angle, perspective, approach, slant, thinking, policy, thoughts, ideas, sentiments, feelings
1‘he pulled out a chair and positioned it between them’
put, place, locate, situate, set, site, stand, station
lay, lie, rest, prop, plant, stick, install, settle
arrange, dispose, array, range, lay out, deploy
informal plonk, park
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