- po|si|tion1 [ pə`zıʃn ] noun count ***▸ 1 way body/thing is placed▸ 2 general situation▸ 3 where something is▸ 4 opinion about issue▸ 5 job in company▸ 6 rank/status▸ 7 place in list etc.▸ + PHRASES1. ) the way that someone's body is placed:I dragged myself into a sitting position.First, get yourself into a comfortable position.a ) the way that an object is placed:The engine is mounted in the upright position.Raise the lever to the up position to get the water to flow.b ) a way of placing your body in BALLET or YOGAc ) a way that two people place their bodies when they are having sex2. ) used for talking about how much money a person or organization has:What is your current financial position?strengthen/improve/consolidate someone's position (=make someone's financial situation better): An injection of capital strengthened the company's position.a ) a situation that a particular person is in:I wouldn't brag about that if I were in your position.Someone in their position can't afford to take that kind of risk.be in a position to do something: I'm not in a position to say who my sources are.b ) a general situation:The position is that we only accept new club members once a year.3. ) where something is in relation to other things:Place the plant in a bright sunny position.position of: Here is a chart showing the positions of the planets.a ) in team sports, the part of the field where a particular player plays:What position do you play? Second Base.4. ) an opinion about an important issue:position on: No one was sure of his position on any issue.take a position: Do you expect the administration to take a position one way or another on this legislation?take the position that: The agency takes the position that the government's specifications were deficient.5. ) a job in a company:There are 12 women in management positions within the company.I'm sorry, the position has already been filled (=someone has already been chosen to do the job).6. ) someone's rank or status in an organization or in society:a position of authority/responsibility/power: Such behavior was clearly not acceptable for someone in a position of authority.abuse your position (=try to get an unfair advantage from your position): He had seriously abused his position as a doctor by releasing patients' personal details.position within: Stone's position within the party was strengthened after her speech at last year's convention.7. ) the place that someone or something has in a list or competition:Following behind in fourth position is Jeff Gordon.in/into positionin or into the correct place:Leave the knee brace in position until the doctor tells you to remove it.We watched the cameras move into position.out of positionout of the correct place:The car had knocked over some traffic cones that were out of position on the road.╾ po|si|tion|al adjective:There are two positional switches to the team.positionpo|si|tion 2 [ pə`zıʃn ] verb transitive **1. ) to put something in a particular place:Position the microphone as close as possible to the source of the sound.Once the paper is positioned correctly, the printer should print with no problems.2. ) BUSINESS to make people think of a product in a particular way:Research can help a company to position its product for maximum public exposure.be well/ideally positionedto be in a good situation to be able to do something:The brand is well positioned to succeed in the Spanish market.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.