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To pose is to assume a particular stance. Like a runway model strutting to the end of the catwalk, posing with her hands on her hips, and then gracefully walking back.

The original meaning of pose from the 14th century is "to put in a certain position." The sense of pose as "to assume a certain attitude" emerged in the 1850’s. When a person poses, he presents himself in a particular way, often with the hope of impressing others. But if you're just posing objects, then the word loses the negative connotation.

Definitions of pose

  1. verb

    assume a posture as for artistic purposes

    “We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often”

    synonyms: model, posture, sit

  2. verb

    put into a certain place or abstract location

  3. noun

    a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes

  4. noun

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

  5. noun

    affected manners intended to impress others

  6. verb

    behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

    “Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!”

    synonyms: posture

  7. verb

    pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

  8. verb


    “This poses an interesting question”

    synonyms: present

  9. verb

    be a mystery or bewildering to synonyms: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

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