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depose

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verb de·pose \di-ˈpōz, dē-\

Simple Definition of depose

  • : to remove (someone) from a powerful position

Full Definition of depose

de·posedde·pos·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove from a throne or other high position

  3. 2 :  to put down :  deposit

  4. 3 [Middle English, from Medieval Latin deponere, from Late Latin] a :  to testify to under oath or by affidavit b :  affirm, assert c :  to take a deposition of <depose a witness>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to bear witness

Examples of depose

  1. <a military junta deposed the dictator after he had bankrupted the country>

  2. <she was nervous when the time to depose before the jury finally arrived>



Origin of depose

Middle English, from Anglo-French deposer, from Late Latin deponere (perfect indicative deposui), from Latin, to put down


First Known Use: 14th century



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