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English noun: position

1. position (location) the particular portion of space occupied by something

SamplesHe put the lamp back in its place.


Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)anomaly, back, front, half-mast, half-staff, juxtaposition, landmark, lead, left, lie, pitch, pole position, polls, post, pride of place, rear, right, setting, site, situation, stand, station, station, vantage, wing

Attributeleft, right

2. position (location) a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons

Synonymsmilitary position

Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)ground, line

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

3. position (cognition) a way of regarding situations or topics etc.

SamplesConsider what follows from the positivist view.

Synonymsperspective, view

Broader (hypernym)orientation

Narrower (hyponym)bird's eye view, cutting edge, forefront, futurism, light, panoramic view, paradigm, sight, straddle, vanguard, Weltanschauung, world view

4. position (attribute) the arrangement of the body and its limbs

SamplesHe assumed an attitude of surrender.

Synonymsattitude, posture

Broader (hypernym)bodily property

Narrower (hyponym)asana, ballet position, decubitus, ectopia, eversion, guard, lithotomy position, lotus position, missionary position, order arms, pose, presentation, sprawl, sprawling, stance, tuck

Attributeerect, unerect, upright, vertical

5. position (state) the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society

SamplesHe had the status of a minor.
The novel attained the status of a classic.
Atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life.


Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)bar sinister, bastardy, caste, command, dignity, election, equality, equation, equivalence, face, footing, high ground, high profile, high status, Holy Order, illegitimacy, leadership, left-handedness, legal status, low status, lowliness, lowness, nationality, nobility, noblesse, Order, ordination, par, pedestal, rank, rank, retirement, slot, social rank, social station, social status, standing, terms, toehold

Attributedominant, low-class, low-level, lower-class, middle-class, subordinate, upper-class

6. position (act) a job in an organization

SamplesHe occupied a post in the treasury.

Synonymsberth, billet, office, place, post, situation, spot

Broader (hypernym)business, job, line, line of work, occupation

Narrower (hyponym)academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, baronetage, bishopry, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, directorship, discipleship, editorship, eldership, emirate, episcopate, fatherhood, fatherhood, feudal lordship, foremanship, generalcy, generalship, governorship, headship, headship, hot seat, incumbency, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, judgeship, judicature, khanate, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, magistracy, magistrature, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, messiahship, moderatorship, overlordship, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, plum, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, residency, rulership, sainthood, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, sinecure, solicitorship, speakership, stewardship, studentship, teachership, thaneship, throne, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, womanhood

7. position (attribute) the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

SamplesThe position of the hands on the clock.
He specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage.

Synonymsspatial relation

Broader (hypernym)relation

Narrower (hyponym)angular position, anteriority, arrangement, centrality, coincidence, dead center, dead centre, direction, elbow room, erectness, externality, gradient, horizontality, inclination, inwardness, lean, leaning, list, malposition, marginality, misplacement, northernness, occlusion, outwardness, placement, point of view, posteriority, room, slope, slot, southernness, tilt, uprightness, verticality, verticalness, way

Attributeanterior, exterior, external, inner, interior, internal, outer, posterior

8. position (location) the appropriate or customary location

SamplesThe cars were in position.

Broader (hypernym)point

9. position (act) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

SamplesWhat position does he play?.

Broader (hypernym)role

Narrower (hyponym)back, catcher, center, center, center field, centerfield, cleanup, cleanup position, cleanup spot, first, first base, forward, goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender, guard, left field, leftfield, lineman, mid-off, mid-on, mound, netkeeper, pitcher, right field, rightfield, second, second base, short, shortstop, third, third base

Domain categoryathletics, sport

10. position (act) the act of putting something in a certain place

Synonymsemplacement, locating, location, placement, positioning

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)apposition, collocation, fingering, implantation, interposition, intervention, juxtaposition, orientation, planting, repositioning, set, stratification, superposition, superposition

11. position (state) a condition or position in which you find yourself

SamplesThe unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils.
Found herself in a very fortunate situation.


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)place, poverty trap, shoes, soup, stymie, stymy

12. position (cognition) a rationalized mental attitude

Synonymsposture, stance

Broader (hypernym)attitude, mental attitude

Narrower (hyponym)hard line, point of view, stand, standpoint, viewpoint

13. position (communication) an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute

SamplesThere are two sides to every question.


Broader (hypernym)opinion, view

14. position (communication) an item on a list or in a sequence

SamplesIn the second place.
Moved from third to fifth position.


Broader (hypernym)item, point

Narrower (hyponym)postposition, preposition

15. position (act) the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

SamplesCan you go in my stead?.
Took his place.
In lieu of.

Synonymslieu, place, stead

Broader (hypernym)function, office, part, role

Narrower (hyponym)behalf

16. position (act) the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom

Broader (hypernym)assumption

English verb: position

1. position (motion) cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Narrower (hyponym)aim, deploy, direct, dress, line up, orient, square, take, take aim, train

2. position (contact) put into a certain place or abstract location

SamplesPut your things here.
Set the tray down.
Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children.
Place emphasis on a certain point.

ExamplesThey position the bags on the table

Synonymslay, place, pose, put, set

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)appose, arrange, barrel, bed, bottle, bucket, butt, clap, cock, coffin, cram, deposit, dispose, docket, emplace, emplace, enclose, ensconce, fix, glycerolise, glycerolize, ground, imbricate, inclose, insert, instal, install, intersperse, introduce, jar, juxtapose, ladle, lay, lay over, lean, load, lose, marshal, middle, mislay, misplace, misplace, nestle, parallelize, park, perch, pigeonhole, pile, pillow, place down, place upright, plant, plant, poise, posit, position, postpose, prepose, put back, put down, put down, put in, put in, rack up, recess, recline, replace, repose, repose, reposition, rest, rest, seat, seat, seat, seed, set, set, set down, set down, set up, set up, settle, settle, settle down, shelve, ship, sign, siphon, sit, sit down, situate, snuggle, sow, space, stand, stand up, step, stick in, stratify, superimpose, superpose, superpose, tee, tee up, throw, throw, thrust, trench, underlay, upend

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