[countable usually singular]the situation that someone is in, especially when this affects what they can and cannot doCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS in somebody's position in the same/a similar position in a good/strong position (to do something) in an enviable position (=in a situation that other people would like to be in) in a difficult/awkward/impossible position a position of strength (=a situation in which you can get what you want) financial/legal position strengthen/weaken somebody's position (=put someone in a better or worse situation)
I'm not sure what I would do if I were in your position.
to try to get an advantage over other people who are all trying to succeed in doing the same thing:
Firms adopt different strategies as they jockey for position.
[countable usually plural]PMAa place where an army has put soldiers, guns etc:
an attack on the enemy positions
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: position, place, location, where, therePlaceis a very general word for talking about where something or someone is• the place where they live • Put this in a safe place.Positioncan be used to talk about the place where something is in relation to other things or places• the position of the table in the roomLocation is used mainly in formal or business English to talk about where a building is• a house in a central location • the location of the new headquartersIn ordinary spoken English, it is more usual to use words like where, there, somewhere, anywhereto talk about the place where something or someone is• This is where (NOT the place where) I live. • My shoes were in the hall but they're not there (NOT in that place) now.• Let's have lunch somewhere different (NOT in a different place) today.WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: job, work, post, position, occupation, profession, careerYour job is the work that you do regularly in order to earn money, especially when you work for a company or public organization• My last job was with a computer firm. • He finally got a job in a supermarket.Work is used in a more general way to talk about activities that you do to earn money, either working for a company or for yourself• Will you go back to work when you've had the baby? • I started work when I was 18.!! Do not say 'what is your job?' or 'what is your work?'. Say what do you do? or what do you do for a living?Postand position are more formal words for a job in a company or organization. They are used especially in job advertisements and when you are talking about someone moving to a different job• This post would suit a recent graduate. • He left last summer for a teaching position in Singapore.Use occupation to talk about the kind of work that someone usually does, for example if they are a teacher, lawyer, driving instructor etc.Occupationis used mainly on official forms• State your name, age, and occupation in the box below.!! Do not use occupation to talk about your own job• I am an accountant. (NOT My occupation is an accountant).A profession is a kind of work for which you need special training and a good education, for example teaching, law, or medicine• the legal professionYour career is the type of work that you do or hope to do for most of your life• I'm interested in a career in television. • His career is more important to him than his family. ➔ See alsojob
Definition of position from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic SPORT