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Definition of station verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    station

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪʃn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they station
    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪʃn//
     
    he / she / it stations
    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪʃnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪʃnz//
     
    past simple stationed
    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪʃnd//
     
    past participle stationed
    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪʃnd//
     
    -ing form stationing
    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪʃnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪʃnɪŋ//
     
     
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    armed forces
  1. 1[often passive] station somebody + adv./prep. to send somebody, especially from one of the armed forces, to work in a place for a period of time troops stationed abroad
  2. go to position
  3. 2station somebody/yourself + adv./prep. (formal) to go somewhere and stand or sit there, especially to wait for something; to send somebody somewhere to do this She stationed herself at the window to await his return. A photographer had been stationed at the main entrance.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): via Old French from Latin statio(n-), from stare ‘to stand’. Early use referred generally to “position”, especially ‘position in life, status’, and specifically, in ecclesiastical use, to ‘a holy place of pilgrimage (visited as one of a group)’. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.
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