verb (used with object)

to assign a station to; place or post in a station or position.

Origin of station

1350–1400; < Latin statiōn- (stem of statiō) a standing still, standing-place, equivalent to stat(us) (past participle of stāre to stand) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English stacioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related formssta·tion·al, adjectivein·ter·sta·tion, adjectivere·sta·tion, verb (used with object)un·sta·tion, verb (used with object)un·sta·tioned, adjective

Synonyms for station

Synonym study

15. See appointment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stationed

Contemporary Examples of stationed

Historical Examples of stationed

  • I would come with you, but sooth to say I am stationed here and may not move.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I was stationed at the braces, and quartered at the long thirty-two as second loader.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The general knew all about that, because his son was stationed in the Citadel.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • She stationed herself in the entry, to lose no step in his familiar progress.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Johnson was stationed in the powder-magazine, in charge of the cord which held the bait.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for stationed



the place or position at which a thing or person stands or is supposed to stand
  1. a place along a route or line at which a bus, train, etc, stops for fuel or to pick up or let off passengers or goods, esp one with ancillary buildings and servicesrailway station
  2. (as modifier)a station buffet
  1. the headquarters or local offices of an official organization such as the police or fire services
  2. (as modifier)a station sergeant See police station, fire station
a building, depot, etc, with special equipment for some particular purposepower station; petrol station; television station
military a place of dutyan action station
  1. a location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty
  2. an assigned location for a member of a ship's crew
a radio or television channel
a position or standing, as in a particular society or organization
the type of one's occupation; calling
(in British India) a place where the British district officials or garrison officers resided
biology the type of habitat occupied by a particular animal or plant
Australian and NZ a large sheep or cattle farm
surveying a point at which a reading is made or which is used as a point of reference
(often capital) RC Church
  1. one of the Stations of the Cross
  2. any of the churches (station churches) in Rome that have been used from ancient times as points of assembly for religious processions and ceremonies on particular days (station days)
(plural) (in rural Ireland) mass, preceded by confessions, held annually in a parishioner's dwelling and attended by other parishioners


(tr) to place in or assign to a station

Word Origin for station

C14: via Old French from Latin statiō a standing still, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stationed



late 13c., "place which one normally occupies," from Old French station, from Latin stationem (nominative statio) "a standing, post, job, position," related to stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

The meaning "place for a special purpose" (e.g. polling station) is first recorded 1823; radio station is from 1912. The meaning "regular stopping place" is first recorded 1797, in reference to coach routes; applied to railroads 1830. Meaning "each of a number of holy places visited in succession by pilgrims" is from late 14c., hence Station of the Cross (1550s).

Station wagon in the automobile sense is first recorded 1929, from earlier use for a horse-drawn conveyance that took passengers to and from railroad stations (1894). Station house "police station" is attested from 1836.



"to assign a post or position to," 1748, from station (n.). Related: Stationed; stationing.

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