1a place where someone or something is located or has been put:the distress call had given the ship’s positionMrs Snell took up her position on the bottom step of the stairs
[mass noun] the correct location of someone or something:sew the band into positionmake sure that no slates have slipped out of position
(often positions) a place where part of a military force is posted for strategic purposes:the guns were shelling the German positions
2a particular way in which someone or something is placed or arranged:he moved himself into a reclining position [mass noun]:cramp forced her to change position
the configuration of the pieces and pawns on the board at any point in a game of chess.
Music a particular location of the hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument:be familiar with the first six positions across the four strings
Music the arrangement of the constituent notes of a chord.
3a situation, especially as it affects one’s power to act:the company’s financial position is grim [with infinitive]:we were not in a position to judge the merits of the case
[mass noun] the state of being placed where one has an advantage over one’s rivals or competitors:sleek motor launches jostled for position
a person’s place or level of importance in relation to others:he made up ground to finish in second position
[mass noun] high rank or social standing:a woman of supposed wealth and position
a job:she retired from her position as marketing director
(in team games) a role assigned to a particular player based on the location in which they play:he looks best in central midfield, his own preferred position
4a person’s point of view or attitude towards something:the party’s position on abortion
5the extent to which an investor, dealer, or speculator has made a commitment in the market by buying or selling securities:traders were covering short positions
6 Logic a proposition laid down or asserted; a tenet or assertion.
put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way:he pulled out a chair and positioned it between themshe positioned herself on a bench
promote (a product, service, or business) within a particular sector of a market, or as the fulfilment of that sector’s specific requirements:a development plan which will position the city as a major economic force in the region