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Definition of position noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    position

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    noun
    BrE BrE//pəˈzɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈzɪʃn//
     
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  1. 1  [countable] the place where somebody/something is located From his position on the cliff top, he had a good view of the harbour. Where would be the best position for the lights? These plants will grow well in a sheltered position. The hotel stands in an elevated position looking out over the lake. Synonymsplacesite area position point location scene spot venueThese are all words for a particular area or part of an area, especially one used for a particular purpose or where somebody/​something is situated or happens.place a particular point, area, city, town, building, etc, especially one used for a particular purpose or where a particular thing happens:This would be a good place for a picnic.site the place where something, especially a building, is or will be situated; a place where something happened or that is used for a particular purpose:They’ve chosen a site for the new school.area a part of a room, building or particular space that is used for a special purpose; a particular place on an object:the hotel reception area Move the cursor to a blank area on the screen.position the place where a person or thing is situated; the place where somebody/​something is meant to be:From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbour. The position of somebody/​something is often temporary: the place where somebody/​something is at a particular time.point a particular place within an area, where something happens or is supposed to happen:the point at which the river divideslocation a place where something happens or exists, especially a place that is not named or not known:The company is moving to a new location.scene a place where something happens, especially something unpleasant:the scene of the accidentspot a particular point or area, especially one that has a particular character or where something particular happens:The lake is one of the local beauty spots.venue the place where people meet for an organized event such as a performance or sports event.Patterns at a place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​scene/​spot/​venue in a(n) place/​area/​position/​location/​venue the place/​site/​point/​location/​spot/​venue where… the right place/​site/​position/​location/​spot/​venue a central site/​position/​location/​venue the/​somebody’s/​something’s exact/​precise place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​spot
  2. 2  [uncountable] the place where somebody/something is meant to be; the correct place Is everybody in position? He took up his position by the door. She was learning to change her hand from first to third position (= on the strings of a violin).
  3. way somebody/something is placed
  4. 3  [countable, uncountable] the way in which somebody is sitting or standing, or the way in which something is arranged a sitting/kneeling/lying position Keep the box in an upright position. Make sure that you are working in a comfortable position. My arms were aching so I shifted (my) position slightly. The soldiers had to stand for hours without changing position. see also missionary position
  5. situation
  6. 4  [countable, usually singular] the situation that somebody is in, especially when it affects what they can and cannot do to be in a position of power/strength/authority What would you do in my position? This put him and his colleagues in a difficult position. The company's financial position is not certain. position to do something I'm afraid I am not in a position to help you. Synonymssituationcircumstances position conditions things the case state of affairsThese are all words for the conditions and facts that are connected with and affect the way things are.situation all the things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place:the present economic situationcircumstances the facts that are connected with and affect a situation, an event or an action; the conditions of a person’s life, especially the money they have:The ship sank in mysterious circumstances.position the situation that somebody is in, especially when it affects what they can and cannot do:She felt she was in a position of power.conditions the circumstances in which people live, work or do things; the physical situation that affects how something happens:We were forced to work outside in freezing conditions.circumstances or conditions?Circumstances refers to somebody’s financial situation; conditions are things such as the quality and amount of food or shelter they have. The circumstances that affect an event are the facts surrounding it; the conditions that affect it are usually physical ones, such as the weather.things (rather informal) the general situation, as it affects somebody:Hi, Jane! How are things? Think things over before you decide.the case the true situation:If that is the case (= if the situation described is true), we need more staff.state of affairs a situation:How did this unhappy state of affairs come about?situation or state of affairs? State of affairs is mostly used with this. It is also used with adjectives describing how good or bad a situation is, such as happy, sorry, shocking, sad and unhappy, as well as those relating to time, such as present and current. Situation is much more frequent and is used in a wider variety of contexts.Patterns in (a) particular situation/​circumstances/​position/​state of affairs the/​somebody’s economic/​financial/​social situation/​circumstances/​position/​conditions (a/​an) happy/​unhappy situation/​circumstances/​position/​state of affairs to look at/​review the situation/​circumstances/​conditions/​things
  7. opinion
  8. 5  [countable] position (on something) an opinion on or an attitude towards a particular subject to declare/reconsider/shift/change your position the party’s position on education reforms She has made her position very clear. My parents always took the position that early nights meant healthy children.
  9. level of importance
  10. 6  [countable, uncountable] a person or organization’s level of importance when compared with others the position of women in society the company’s dominant position in the world market Wealth and position (= high social status) were not important to her.
  11. job
  12. 7  [countable] (formal) a job synonym post He held a senior position in a large company. I should like to apply for the position of Sales Director. Synonymsjobposition post vacancy appointmentThese are all words for a position doing work for which you receive regular payment.job a position doing work for which you receive regular payment:He’s trying to get a job in a bank.position (rather formal) a job:a senior position in a large corporationjob or position?Position usually refers to a particular job within an organization, especially at a high level, and is not usually used about jobs generally. It is also often used in job applications, descriptions and advertisements.post a job, especially an important one in a large organization:a key post in the new governmentvacancy a job that is available for somebody to do:We have several vacancies for casual workers.appointment (rather formal, especially British English) a job or position of responsibility:This is a permanent appointment, requiring commitment and hard work.Patterns a permanent/​temporary job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment a full-time/​part-time job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment to have/​have got a(n) job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment to apply for/​fill a job/​position/​post/​vacancy to resign from/​leave/​quit a job/​position/​post See related entries: Job interviews
  13. in race/competition
  14. 8[countable] a place in a race, competition, or test, when compared to others United's 3–0 win moved them up to third position.
  15. in sport
  16. 9[countable] the place where somebody plays and the responsibilities they have in some team games What position does he play?
  17. in war
  18. 10[countable, usually plural] a place where a group of people involved in fighting have put men and guns They attacked the enemy positions at dawn.
  19. Word Origin 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 cent.Extra examples Fix the pieces in position before gluing them together. He left the club in a precarious financial position with debts of £36 million. He took an extreme position on religious matters. Hordes of journalists jostled for position outside the conference hall. How long were you in your previous position? I was in the embarrassing position of having completely forgotten her name. It has taken years to achieve the position we are now in. It put me in an awkward position when he asked me to keep a secret. Nakata had to play out of position when the defender was injured. Please get into position. She has taken up a key position in our head office. She was offered the position of sales manager. The country’s official position is that there is no famine in the area. The firm gained a dominant position in the market. The guards took up their positions on either side of the door. Their obvious desperation strengthens our bargaining position. They occupy a lowly position in society. This latest novel confirms her pre-eminent position among today’s writers. We may be in a position to help you. a faculty position at Iowa State University his new position in the firm the trading position of the British economy Can you get into a kneeling position? Could you tell us your exact position please? From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbour. He’s been promoted from his previous position as team coach. His main aim is to improve his social position. I would like to apply for the position of sales director. I’m afraid I am not in a position to help you. I’m afraid my position within the organization is not very high. Is everybody in position? My arms were aching so I shifted (my) position. Our party’s position on education is very clear. Please tell us about your previous position, and what salary you earned. Radars determine the aircraft’s position. Several people were jostling for position. She felt she was in a position of power. She holds a senior position in a large corporation. She took up her position by the door. The company has a dominant position in the world market. The company’s financial position is not certain. The dancers all got into position. The defence stuck firmly to its position. The hotel stands in an elevated position looking out over the lake. The managing director was urged to reconsider his position on the takeover. The official position was that of refusing to talk to terrorists. The soldiers had to stand for hours without changing position. We anticipate that this position will be made full-time shortly. We need to improve the position of women and girls in these societies. Wealth and position are not important to her. What would be the best position for the lights?
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