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position Definition

  • 1a place where someone or something is located or has been put
  • 2a particular way in which someone or something is placed or arranged
  • 3a job or role in an organization or institution

Using position: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "position" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I found a comfortable position to sit in.

  • Example

    The position of the vase on the table was odd.

  • Example

    She applied for a position as a teacher.

  • Example

    He was offered a position in the company's management team.

position Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using position

  • to remind someone of their inferior position or status


    The boss put the new employee in their place when they spoke out of turn.

  • to be in the most favorable position to win a competition or race


    After winning the last two races, the driver is in pole position for the championship.

  • to have a subordinate or less important role


    In the band, the bassist plays second fiddle to the lead guitarist.

Phrases with position

  • in the correct or desired location or arrangement


    The troops were in position and ready for battle.

  • not in the correct or desired location or arrangement


    The furniture was out of position after the movers left.

  • to adopt a particular stance or opinion on an issue


    The politician took a strong position on climate change.

Origins of position

from Latin 'positio', meaning 'placement'


Summary: position in Brief

The term 'position' [pəˈzɪʃ(ə)n] refers to a place or arrangement of someone or something, such as 'I found a comfortable position to sit in.' It can also refer to a job or role, like 'She applied for a position as a teacher.' Phrases like 'in position' and 'out of position' denote correct or incorrect placement, while idioms like 'put someone in their place' and 'play second fiddle' refer to social hierarchy and roles.

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