Meaning of POSITION in English


n. & v.


1. a place occupied by a person or thing.

2 the way in which a thing or its parts are placed or arranged (sitting in an uncomfortable position).

3 the proper place (in position).

4 the state of being advantageously placed (jockeying for position).

5 a person's mental attitude; a way of looking at a question (changed their position on nuclear disarmament).

6 a person's situation in relation to others (puts one in an awkward position).

7 rank or status; high social standing.

8 paid employment.

9 a place where troops etc. are posted for strategical purposes (the position was stormed).

10 the configuration of chessmen etc. during a game.

11 a specific pose in ballet etc. (hold first position).

12 Logic a a proposition. b a statement of proposition. place in position.

Phrases and idioms:

in a position to enabled by circumstances, resources, information, etc. to (do, state, etc.). position paper orig. US (in business etc.) a written report of attitude or intentions. position vector Math. a vector which determines the position of a point.


positional adj. positionally adv. positioner n.

Etymology: ME f. OF position or L positio -onis (as POSIT)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.