position


position
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noun
1 place
ADJECTIVE
correct, exact
central
geographical
relative
military, strategic
defensive
scoring (sports, esp. AmE)
original, starting
new
VERB + POSITION
take, take up

The guards took up their positions on either side of the door.

jostle for

Hordes of journalists jostled for position outside the conference hall.

play (sports)

What position does he play?

indicate

Arrows indicate the positions of the aircraft.

determine
PREPOSITION
in position

Fix the pieces in position before gluing them together.

into position

Please get into position.

out of position

Nakata had to play out of position when the defender was injured.

2 way of sitting, standing, etc.
ADJECTIVE
comfortable, uncomfortable
crouched, kneeling, sitting, standing
sleeping
horizontal, upright, vertical
prone, supine (both formal)
foetal/fetal
VERB + POSITION
assume
change, shift
3 situation
ADJECTIVE
business, economic, financial, legal
dominant, impregnable (esp. BrE), strong
favourable/favorable, good, ideal, perfect
enviable
invidious
competitive
strategic
precarious, vulnerable, weak

He left the club in a precarious financial position with debts of £36 million.

awkward, difficult, embarrassing, impossible
unique
same, similar
different
current, present
bargaining, negotiating
trading

the trading position of the Chilean economy

VERB + POSITION
achieve, attain, reach

It has taken years to achieve the position we are now in.

put sb in

It put me in an awkward position when he asked me to keep a secret.

strengthen

Their obvious desperation strengthens our bargaining position.

PREPOSITION
in a/the position

We may be in a position to help you.

I was in the embarrassing position of having forgotten her name.

position of
4 opinion
ADJECTIVE
extreme
ideological, philosophical, political, theoretical
official

The country's official position is that there is no famine in the area.

VERB + POSITION
adopt, take
defend, support
PREPOSITION
position on

He took an extreme position on religious matters.

5 rank
ADJECTIVE
first, second, etc.
dominant, high, important, influential, pre-eminent
inferior, lowly
privileged, secure
social
VERB + POSITION
establish, gain, secure
maintain
hold, occupy

They occupy a lowly position in society.

use
PREPOSITION
position among

This latest novel confirms her pre-eminent position among today's writers.

position in

The firm gained a dominant position in the market.

PHRASES
a position of authority, a position of influence, a position of power
6 job
ADJECTIVE
full-time, part-time
current, present
new
key, responsible, senior, top
leadership
junior
official
skilled
administrative, management, managerial
staff
faculty (esp. AmE)
VERB + POSITION
have, hold, occupy
apply for
find, obtain
assume, take, take up

She has taken up a key position in our head office.

fill
offer sb
accept
resign
PREPOSITION
in a/the position

How long were you in your previous position?

position at

a faculty position at Iowa State University

position in, position within

his new position in the firm

position of

She was offered the position of sales manager.

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verb (often be positioned)
ADVERB
centrally

The markers were not positioned centrally.

carefully
correctly, properly
wrongly (esp. BrE)
favourably/favorably (esp. BrE), well
ideally, perfectly, uniquely

The company is uniquely positioned to compete in foreign markets.

strategically
PREPOSITION
at, behind, between, in, in front of, near, on, etc.

Police marksmen were positioned on the roof.

Position is used with these nouns as the object: ↑camera, ↑cursor

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  • position — [ pozisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1265; lat. positio, de ponere « poser » I ♦ 1 ♦ Manière dont une chose, une personne est posée, placée, située; lieu où elle est placée. ⇒ disposition, emplacement. Position horizontale, verticale, inclinée (⇒ inclinaison) .… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Position — Po*si tion, n. [F. position, L. positio, fr. ponere, positum, to put, place; prob. for posino, fr. an old preposition used only in comp. (akin to Gr. ?) + sinere to leave, let, permit, place. See {Site}, and cf. {Composite}, {Compound}, v.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Position — may refer to:* A location in a coordinate system, usually in two or more dimensions; the science of position and its generalizations is topology * Body position (proprioception), the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body …   Wikipedia

  • position — [pə zish′ən] n. [MFr < L positio < positus, pp. of ponere, to place < * posinere < po , away (< IE base * apo > L ab, from, away) + sinere, to put, lay: see SITE] 1. the act of positing, or placing 2. a positing of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Position — (lat. positio ‚Lage, Stellung‘) bezeichnet: die Lage eines Punktes im Raum, siehe Koordinatensystem und Ortsbestimmung Soziale Position, den Status einer Person in sozialen Beziehungen Meinung, eine subjektive Ansicht bzw. einen Standpunkt den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • position — Position. s. f. Terme de Geographie. Situation. La position des lieux n est pas juste, n est pas bien marquée dans cette carte. C est aussi un terme de Philosophie & de Mathematique, & alors il se dit de l establissement d un principe. De la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • position — 1 Position, stand, attitude denote a more or less fixed mental point of view or way of regarding something. Position and stand both imply reference to a question at issue or to a matter about which there is difference of opinion. Position,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • position — [n1] physical place area, bearings, district, environment, fix, geography, ground, locale, locality, location, locus, point, post, reference, region, scene, seat, setting, site, situation, space, spot, stand, station, surroundings, topography,… …   New thesaurus

  • Position — Sf std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. positio ( ōnis), Abstraktum zu l. pōnere (positum) setzen, stellen, legen . Adjektiv: positionell.    Ebenso nndl. positie, ne. position, nfrz. position, nschw. position, nnorw. posisjon. ✎ Leser, E.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • position — verb. • Uniformed constables had been positioned to re direct traffic J. Wainwright, 1979. The use of position as a verb, meaning ‘to place in position’ has met with some criticism, usually from those who object to any verb made relatively… …   Modern English usage

  • position — (n.) late 14c., as a term in logic and philosophy, from O.Fr. posicion, from L. positionem (nom. positio) act or fact of placing, position, affirmation, from posit , pp. stem of ponere put, place, from PIE *po s(i)nere, from *apo off, away (see… …   Etymology dictionary