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position

noun uk   /pəˈzɪʃ.ən/ us  

position noun (PLACE)

B1 [C] the place where something or someone is, often in relation to other things: Well, I've found our position on the map if you want to see where we are. You've moved the furniture around - the sofa is in a different position. [C] (in team sports) the part someone plays in a game, relating to the area of the field in which they mostly play: I didn't know you played hockey - what position do you play? C1 [C or U] the place where people are sent in order to carry out a course of action: The troops took up their battle positions at the front line. As soon as his officers were in position/had moved into position, the police commander walked up the path towards the house.

position noun (SITUATION)

B1 [C usually singular] a situation: My financial position is rather precarious at the moment. When two of your best friends argue it puts you in a very awkward position. be in a position to do sth C1 to be able to do something, usually because you have the necessary experience, authority, or money: I'm not in a position to reveal any of the details of the project at present. I'm sure they'd like to help her out financially but they're not in a position to do so.

position noun (RANK)

B2 [C] a rank or level in a company, competition, or society: Whether or not you're given a car depends on your position in the company.UK She finished the race in third position. B2 [C] a job: She applied for a position in the firm that I work for.

position noun (ARRANGEMENT)

B1 [C] the way in which something is arranged: I go to sleep on my back but I always wake up in a different position. Keep the bottles in an upright position. This is not a very comfortable position.

position noun (OPINION)

[C usually singular] formal an opinion: What's the company's position on recycling? He takes the position (= believes) that individuals have a responsibility to look after themselves.

position

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /pəˈzɪʃ.ən/ us  
to put something or someone in a particular place: The army had been positioned to the north and east of the city. When it came to seating people for dinner, I positioned myself as far away from him as possible.
(Definition of position from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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