Meaning of POSITION in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


The ~ of someone or something is the place where they are in relation to other things.

The ship was identified, and its name and ~ were reported to the coastguard...

This conservatory enjoys an enviable ~ overlooking a leafy expanse.



When someone or something is in a particular ~, they are sitting, lying, or arranged in that way.

Hold the upper back and neck in an erect ~ to give support for the head...

Ensure the patient is turned into the recovery ~...

Mr. Dambar had raised himself to a sitting ~.

N-COUNT: usu with supp


If you ~ something somewhere, you put it there carefully, so that it is in the right place or ~.

Place the pastry circles on to a baking sheet and ~ one apple on each circle.

= place

VERB: V n prep


Your ~ in society is the role and the importance that you have in it.

...the ~ of older people in society.

N-COUNT: usu with supp


A ~ in a company or organization is a job. (FORMAL)

He left a career in teaching to take up a ~ with the Arts Council...

= post



Your ~ in a race or competition is how well you did in relation to the other competitors or how well you are doing.

By the ninth hour the car was running in eighth ~.

N-COUNT: usu supp N


You can describe your situation at a particular time by saying that you are in a particular ~.

He’s going to be in a very difficult ~ indeed if things go badly for him...

Companies should be made to reveal more about their financial ~...

It was not the only time he found himself in this ~.

= situation

N-COUNT: usu sing, usu with supp


Your ~ on a particular matter is your attitude towards it or your opinion of it. (FORMAL)

He could be depended on to take a moderate ~ on most of the key issues...

= stance

N-COUNT: usu supp N


If you are in a ~ to do something, you are able to do it. If you are in no ~ to do something, you are unable to do it.

The UN system will be in a ~ to support the extensive relief efforts needed...

I am not in a ~ to comment.

N-SING: N to-inf


If someone or something is in ~, they are in their correct or usual place or arrangement.

This second door is an extra security measure and can be locked in ~ during the day...

Some 28,000 US troops are moving into ~.

PHRASE: usu PHR after v

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