po|si|tion1 W1S3 [pəˈzıʃən] n
1¦(way of standing/sitting etc)¦
3¦(place where somebody/something is)¦
4¦(correct place)¦
9 be in a position to do something
10 be in no position to do something
13 jockey/manoeuvre/jostle for position
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: Latin positio, from positus, past participle of ponere 'to put']
the way someone is standing, sitting, or lying
Lie in a comfortable position .
Frankie shifted his position so that his knees would not become cramped.
sitting/kneeling/standing position
I struggled up into a sitting position.
2.) ¦(SITUATION)¦ [C usually singular]
the situation that someone is in, especially when this affects what they can and cannot do
I'm not sure what I would do if I were in your position .
We're in a strong position , but we mustn't take victory for granted.
Next week we will be in a much better position to comment.
She is in the enviable position of having three job offers.
You're putting me in rather a difficult position .
We must negotiate from a position of strength .
the company's precarious financial position
the place where someone or something is, especially in relation to other objects and places
position of
the position of the sun in the sky
Our hotel was in a superb central position near St Mark's Square.
the strategic position (=useful or important position) of Egypt in relation to the Arabian peninsula
4.) ¦(CORRECT PLACE)¦ [U and C]
the place where someone or something is needed or supposed to be
into position
He pulled the ladder into position.
in/out of position
All parking signs have now been placed in position.
the direction in which an object is pointing
vertical/upright/horizontal position
Make sure the container remains in an upright position.
She turned the switch to the 'on' position.
6.) ¦(OPINION)¦
an opinion or judgment on a particular subject, especially the official opinion of a government, a political party, or someone in authority
= ↑attitude position on
What's the party's position on tax reform?
The principal took the position that the students didn't need music classes.
I hope you'll reconsider your position .
7.) ¦(JOB)¦ formal
a job
sb's position as sth
Bill took up his new position as Works Director in October.
position of
She has held the position of Chief Financial Officer since 1992.
Bruce is thinking of applying for the position .
I'm sorry, the position has been filled (=someone has been found to do the job) .
see usage notejob
8.) ¦(LEVEL/RANK)¦ [U and C]
someone's or something's level, authority, or importance in a society or organization
the position of sb
the position of women in society
position of power/authority/influence etc
Many of his supporters used their positions of power for personal advantage.
As a priest, he was in a position of trust .
abuse your position as sth
(=use your authority wrongly)
9.) be in a position to do sth
to be able to do something because you have the ability, money, or power to do it
When I know all the facts, I'll be in a position to advise you.
10.) be in no position to do sth
to be unable to do something because you do not have the ability, money, or power to do it
You're unemployed and in no position to support a family.
Ned says I'm always late? He's in no position to talk (=should not criticize because he does the same thing) .
11.) ¦(RACE/COMPETITION)¦ [U and C]
the place of someone or something in a race or competition in relation to the other people or things
(in) 2nd/3rd/4th etc position
Alesi finished in third position .
12.) ¦(SPORTS)¦
the area where someone plays in a sport, or the type of actions they are responsible for doing
What position do you play ?
13.) jockey/manoeuvre/jostle for position
to try to get an advantage over other people who are all trying to succeed in doing the same thing
Firms adopt different strategies as they jockey for position.
14.) ¦(ARMY)¦ [C usually plural]
a place where an army has put soldiers, guns etc
an attack on the enemy positions
COLLOCATES for sense 2
in somebody's position
in the same/a similar position
in a good/strong position (to do something)
in an enviable position (=in a situation that other people would like to be in)
in a difficult/awkward/impossible position
a position of strength (=a situation in which you can get what you want)
financial/legal position
strengthen/weaken somebody's position (=put someone in a better or worse situation)
WORD CHOICE: position, place, location, where, there
Place is a very general word for talking about where something or someone is : the place where they live | Put this in a safe place.
Position can be used to talk about the place where something is in relation to other things or places : the position of the table in the room
Location is used mainly in formal or business English to talk about where a building is : a house in a central location | the location of the new headquarters
In ordinary spoken English, it is more usual to use words like where, there, somewhere, anywhere to talk about the place where something or someone is : This is where (NOT the place where) I live. | My shoes were in the hall but they're not there (NOT in that place) now. |Let's have lunch somewhere different (NOT in a different place) today.
position 2
position2 v [T always + adverb/preposition]
to carefully put something in a particular position
Position the cursor before the letter you want to delete.
position yourself
I positioned myself where I could see the door.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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