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[ pohz ]

/ po?z /

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verb (used without object), posed, pos·ing.

to assume a particular attitude or stance, especially with the hope of impressing others: He likes to pose as an authority on literature.

to present oneself insincerely: He seems to be posing in all his behavior.

to assume or hold a physical attitude, as for an artistic purpose: to pose for a painter.

verb (used with object), posed, pos·ing.

to place in a suitable position or attitude for a picture, tableau, or the like: to pose a group for a photograph.

to assert, state, or put forward: That poses a difficult problem.

to put or place.

noun

a bodily attitude or posture: Her pose had a note of defiance in it.

a mental attitude or posture: a pose cultivated by the upper classes.

the act or period of posing, as for a picture.

a position or attitude assumed in posing, or exhibited by a figure in a picture, sculptural work, tableau, or the like.

a moment in which a dancer remains motionless, usually in an assumed posture.

a studied attitude; affectation: His liberalism is merely a pose.

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Origin of pose

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First recorded in 1325–75; (verb) Middle English posen, from Middle French poser, from Late Latin paus?re “to stop, cease, rest,” derivative of Latin pausa “stop, cessation” (see origin at pause😉 French poser has taken over the basic sense of Latin p?nere “to put, place” and represents it in French borrowings of its prefixed derivatives (see compose, depose, etc.), probably reinforced by the accidental resemblance of poser to positum, past participle of p?nere; (noun) derivative of the verb

SYNONYMS FOR pose

3 sit, model.

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synonym study for pose

7. See position.

OTHER WORDS FROM pose

pos·a·ble, adjectivepos·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for pose (2 of 3)

pose2

[ pohz ]

/ po?z /

verb (used with object), posed, pos·ing.

to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.

Obsolete. to examine by putting questions.

Origin of pose

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1520–30; aphetic variant of obsolete appose, variant of oppose, used in sense of Latin app?nere to put to

Definition for pose (3 of 3)

posé

[ poh-zey; French paw-zey ]

/ po??ze?; French p??ze? /

noun, plural po·sés [poh-zeyz; French paw-zey]. /po??ze?z; French p??ze?/. Ballet.

a movement in which the dancer steps, in any desired position, from one foot to the other with a straight knee onto the flat foot, demi-pointe, or pointe.

Origin of posé

1925–30; pose1

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Words related to pose

mien, mannerism, posture, affect, suggest, present, give, bearing, facade, stance, masquerade, fake, carriage, air, pretension, attitude, role, stand, guise, act

British Dictionary definitions for pose (1 of 2)

pose1

/ (p??z) /

verb

to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting

(intr often foll by as) to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)

(intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others

(tr) to put forward, ask, or assertto pose a question

noun

a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer

a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect

Word Origin for pose

C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin paus?re to cease, put down (influenced by Latin p?nere to place)

British Dictionary definitions for pose (2 of 2)

pose2

/ (p??z) /

verb (tr)

rare to puzzle or baffle

archaic to question closely

Word Origin for pose

C16: from obsolete appose, from Latin app?nere to put to, set against; see oppose

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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