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.
› HR, WORKPLACE a job, especially one that is important: advertise/fill a position We hope to fill the position within the next two months.apply for/take up/fill a position She will soon take up an important position with a firm of lawyers. He filled the position of Executive Director recently vacated by Terry John.
› a situation that someone or something is in: The bank's position looks difficult, to say the least.put sb/sth in a position This decision put me in an awkward position with regard to my staff. They were not willing to release details of the company's financial position.be in a strong/weak position Luckily, we were in a strong position compared to the competition.reach a/the position We want to reach a position where we can pay off the debt.consolidate/strengthen/weaken sb's position This news will serve to consolidate our position in the market.
› an opinion on an important subject: position on sth What's the company's position on outsourcing?take the position that The Board will certainly take the position that their decision was justified.take a position (on sth) When you are negotiating, you will need to take a position and be prepared to stick to it.
be in a position to do sth › to be able to do something, usually because you have the necessary experience, authority, or money: Nine months ago, we were not in a position to announce the expansion plan.