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interpose

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verb in·ter·pose \ˌin-tər-ˈpōz\

Simple Definition of interpose

  • : to place (someone or something) between two or more things or people

  • : to interrupt a conversation with (a comment)

Full Definition of interpose

in·ter·posedin·ter·pos·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to place in an intervening position b :  to put (oneself) between :  intrude

  3. 2 :  to put forth by way of interference or intervention

  4. 3 :  to introduce or throw in between the parts of a conversation or argument

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to be or come between

  7. 2 :  to step in between parties at variance :  intervene

  8. 3 :  interrupt

in·ter·pos·er noun

Examples of interpose

  1. The new system has interposed a bureaucratic barrier between doctors and patients.

  2. He tried to interpose himself between the people who were fighting.

  3. Please allow me to interpose a brief observation.



Origin of interpose

Middle French interposer, from Latin interponere (perfect indicative interposui), from inter- + ponere to put — more at position


First Known Use: 1582

Synonym Discussion of interpose

interpose, interfere, intervene, mediate, intercede mean to come or go between. interpose often implies no more than this <interposed herself between him and the door>. interfere implies hindering <noise interfered with my concentration>. intervene may imply an occurring in space or time between two things or a stepping in to stop a conflict <quarreled until the manager intervened>. mediate implies intervening between hostile factions <mediated between the parties>. intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness <interceded on our behalf>.

synonyms see in addition introduce



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