General English

  • verb to put or place someone or something in a position


  • noun a situation or state of affairs
  • noun a job or paid work in a company
  • noun the state of a person’s current financial holding in a stock


  • noun the setting of a control, etc.


  • noun a point of view


  • A trader's open contracts in the futures market.
  • A reference to a shipping period, as in "Feb/March position."


  • The specific location of something within space. For example, the location of a magnetic pole, a ship, or where a laser beam is directed. Also, to place in such a location.
  • The location of something relative to something else. For instance, a line of position, or the displacement of the value of a voltage from a reference position. Also, to place or be situated at such a location.
  • The manner or orientation in which something is placed, arranged, or installed. Also, to place, arrange, or install in this manner. For example, the precise positioning of an object by a mechanical arm, or through the use of a micropositioner. 4. A position (1) as opposed to another such position, or other possible positions. For instance, the on position of a switch, or an operating position.
  • The position (1) a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system is set at, when multiple such positions are available. For example, the sensitivity setting of a measuring instrument.


  • A trading commitment that involves going either long or short a financial market or currency pair. Forex traders using a day trading strategy will usually carry no net trading position in their account outside of the hours of their normal trading day.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a person’s job or status within a company


  • noun the way a person’s body is arranged
  • verb to place something in a particular position


  • noun a place occupied by troops or equipment for tactical purposes
  • abbreviationposn


  • noun the place where a player is standing or playing


  • noun a site, the place where a building is
  • noun a job, or a rank in an organisation
  • noun a separate place where a customer is dealt with

Origin & History of “position”

Position comes via Old French from Latin positiō, a noun formed from posit-, the past participial stem of Latin pōnere ‘put, place’. this was also the source of English posit (17th c.), positive (13th c.) (which etymologically means ‘placed down, laid down’, hence ‘emphatically asserted’), post (in the senses ‘mail’ and ‘job’), and posture (17th c.). And in addition it lies behind a wealth of English verbs (compose, depose, dispose (14th c.), expose (15th c.), impose, interpose (16th c.), oppose, repose, suppose, transpose (14th c.), etc) whose form underwent alteration by association with late Latin pausāre ‘stop’ (see (pose)); postpone exceptionally has retained its link with pōnere.