Definition of


  1. (noun, location) the particular portion of space occupied by something
  2. (noun, location) a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
  3. (noun, cognition) a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  4. (noun, attribute) the arrangement of the body and its limbs
  5. (noun, state) the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
    the novel attained the status of a classic
    atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life
  6. (noun, act) a job in an organization
  7. (noun, attribute) the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
    he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage
  8. (noun, location) the appropriate or customary location
  9. (noun, act) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player
  10. (noun, act) the act of putting something in a certain place
  11. (noun, state) a condition or position in which you find yourself
    found herself in a very fortunate situation
  12. (noun, cognition) a rationalized mental attitude
  13. (noun, communication) an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute
  14. (noun, communication) an item on a list or in a sequence
    moved from third to fifth position
  15. (noun, act) the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
    took his place
    in lieu of
  16. (noun, act) the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom
  17. (verb, motion) cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  18. (verb, contact) put into a certain place or abstract location
    Set the tray down
    Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
    Place emphasis on a certain point

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Alternate forms of Position

Derivations: posit, position, positioner, positioning

Hyponyms: academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, aim, ambassadorship, angular position, anomaly, anteriority, apostleship, appose, apposition, apprenticeship, arrange, arrangement, asana, associateship, attorneyship, back, bailiffship, ballet position, bar sinister, baronetage, barrel, bastardy, bed, behalf, bird's eye view, bishopry, bottle, bucket, butt, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, caste, catcher, center, center field, centerfield, centrality, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clap, cleanup, cleanup position, cleanup spot, clerkship, cock, coffin, coincidence, collocation, command, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, cram, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, cutting edge, dead center, dead centre, deanery, deanship, decubitus, deploy, deposit, dignity, direct, direction, directorship, discipleship, dispose, docket, dress, ectopia, editorship, elbow room, eldership, election, emirate, emplace, enclose, ensconce, episcopate, equality, equation, equivalence, erectness, eversion, externality, face, fatherhood, feudal lordship, fingering, first, first base, fix, footing, forefront, foremanship, forward, front, futurism, generalcy, generalship, glycerolise, glycerolize, goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender, governorship, gradient, ground, guard, half-mast, half-staff, hard line, headship, high ground, high profile, high status, holy order, horizontality, hot seat, illegitimacy, imbricate, implantation, inclination, inclose, incumbency, insert, inspectorship, instal, install, instructorship, internship, interposition, intersperse, intervention, introduce, inwardness, jar, judgeship, judicature, juxtapose, juxtaposition, khanate, ladle, landmark, lay, lay over, lead, leadership, lean, leaning, lectureship, left, left field, left-handedness, leftfield, legal status, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lie, lieutenancy, light, line, line up, lineman, list, lithotomy position, load, lose, lotus position, low status, lowliness, lowness, magistracy, magistrature, malposition, managership, manhood, marginality, marshal, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, messiahship, mid-off, mid-on, middle, mislay, misplace, misplacement, missionary position, moderatorship, mound, nationality, nestle, netkeeper, nobility, noblesse, northernness, occlusion, order, order arms, ordination, orient, orientation, outwardness, overlordship, panoramic view, par, paradigm, parallelize, park, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, pedestal, perch, pigeonhole, pile, pillow, pitch, pitcher, place, place down, place upright, placement, plant, planting, plum, point of view, poise, pole position, polls, pose, posit, position, post, posteriority, postpose, postposition, poverty trap, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, prepose, preposition, presentation, presidency, presidentship, pride of place, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, put back, put down, put in, rabbinate, rack up, rank, rear, receivership, recess, recline, rectorate, rectorship, regency, replace, repose, reposition, repositioning, residency, rest, retirement, right, right field, rightfield, room, rulership, sainthood, seat, second, second base, secretaryship, seed, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, set, set down, set up, setting, settle, settle down, shelve, ship, shoes, short, shortstop, sight, sign, sinecure, siphon, sit, sit down, site, situate, situation, slope, slot, snuggle, social rank, social station, social status, solicitorship, soup, southernness, sow, space, speakership, sprawl, sprawling, square, stance, stand, stand up, standing, standpoint, station, step, stewardship, stick in, straddle, stratification, stratify, studentship, stymie, stymy, superimpose, superpose, superposition, take, take aim, teachership, tee, tee up, terms, thaneship, third, third base, throne, throw, thrust, tilt, toehold, train, treasurership, trench, tribuneship, trusteeship, tuck, underlay, upend, uprightness, vanguard, vantage, verticality, verticalness, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viewpoint, viziership, wardenship, wardership, way, weltanschauung, wing, womanhood, world view

Hypernyms: activity, assumption, attitude, bodily property, business, condition, displace, function, item, job, lay, line, line of work, mental attitude, move, occupation, office, opinion, orientation, part, place, point, pose, position, put, relation, role, set, state, status, view

Origin of the word Position

  1. late 14c., as a term in logic and philosophy, from O.Fr. posicion, from L. positionem (nom. positio) "act or fact of placing, position, affirmation," from posit-, pp. stem of ponere "put, place," from PIE *po-s(i)nere, from *apo- "off, away" (see apo-) + *sinere "to leave, let," of obscure origin. Meaning "manner in which … more

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