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posed; posing

transitive verb

1a : to set forth or offer for attention or consideration let me pose a question

b : to come to attention as : present smoking poses a health risk

2a : to put or set in place

b : to place (someone, such as a model) in a studied attitude

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture or attitude usually for artistic purposes

2 : to affect an attitude or character usually to deceive or impress posed as a doctor to gain access to the ward



1 : a sustained posture especially : one assumed for artistic effect

2 : an attitude, role, or characteristic assumed for effect


verb (2)

posed; posing

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Noun The photographs show the models in both clothed and nude poses. Hold that pose. It will make a great photograph. His disapproval of the war looks good to voters, but I bet it's just a pose.

See MoreRecent Examples on the Web: Verb At this time, researchers believe the fungus does notposea serious risk to the overall cicada population. —Alaa Elassar, CNN, "'Zombie cicadas' under the influence of a mind controlling fungus have returned to West Virginia," 3 Aug. 2020Lennon says that based on research so far, people can feel fairly confident that healthy dogs and cats don’tposea big risk of infection to humans or each other in most situations. —Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Buddy, first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the U.S., has died," 29 July 2020As Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other voice assistants have become fixtures in millions of homes, privacy advocates have grown concerned that their near-constant listening to nearby conversations couldposemore risk than benefit to users. —Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant," 1 July 2020Officials have defended the expulsions of children, saying that minorsposethe same public health risk during a pandemic as adults and families. —Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Just 39 unaccompanied migrant children avoided Trump's border expulsions in May," 18 June 2020Xavier Fettweis, a polar climate scientist at the University of Liège in Belgium, agreed that the lack of snow canposea risk. —Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "High Temperatures Set Off Major Greenland Ice Melt—Again," 3 June 2020The video is the latest depiction of law enforcement using crowd-control munitions on people who appeared toposeno threat during the chaotic protests that devolved into riots and looting. —Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County relies on mask hotline to enforce coronavirus mandate: The Wake Up for Monday, July 13, 2020," 13 July 2020The three doctors said ordering takeout does notposea significant health risk. —Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "We asked 3 Texas doctors: Would you eat inside a restaurant in Dallas right now?," 30 June 2020Environmental officials have said toxic residue from the fireworksposea pollution threat to the national memorial’s drinking water. —Fredrick Kunkle,, "‘Salute to America’ cost double the usual July 4 activities," 26 June 2020Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But even shot from behind, Bereal’s subjects reveal their individuality—a do-rag here, an expressiveposethere. —Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Black Yearbook," 4 Aug. 2020Behind him, one young person has a golf bag slung over his shoulder and another, younger kid sits in a contemplativepose. —Ron Kroichick,, "PGA Championship drama: Sandy Tatum statue reaches Harding Park after scare in Mark Twain’s hometown," 1 Aug. 2020Napoleon adopts the same stance, holding a staff in his right hand and looking over his left shoulder, aposethat Gérard was said to have based on Michaelangelo's statue of David. —Gavin Morrison, Dallas News, "Mystery solved: The surprising backstory of that Napoleon portrait hanging in the Adolphus hotel bar," 30 July 2020Showcased in a sassyposewith his back to us, Donald Duck looks his usual grumpy self. —Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Keep the Sensational Six in your back pocket with this new collection from Otterbox," 30 July 2020In another unforgettablepose, Hadid could be seen wearing long black leather gloves with a sleek black dress. —Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Wears a Lot of Leather in the New Helmut Lang Campaign," 4 July 2020Celebs wear them on the red carpet, influencers sport them on Instagram, and heck, even the Queen of England has been photographed striking aposewith her hands in her dress pockets. —Jessica Leigh Mattern,, "These 5 Best-Selling Amazon Dresses All Have Pockets — and They’re All Under $35," 12 July 2020Floyd’s 10-year-old daughter, who stood in front of the mural and struck the iconicpose. —Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Citing coronavirus concerns, Portland restaurants expand outdoors for fresh air, escape," 11 July 2020Last year, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts drew national attention by unveiling a statue by artist Kehinde Wiley that depicts a modern African American man on a horse in aposemodeled after the Stuart statue. —Washington Post, "Work crews prepare to remove Richmond’s statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart," 7 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pose.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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