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poised

adjective

Simple Definition of poised

  • : not moving but ready to move

  • : ready or prepared for something

  • : in a state, place, or situation that is between two different or opposite things

Full Definition of poised

  1. :  having poise: a :  marked by balance or equilibrium b :  marked by easy composure of manner or bearing

Examples of poised

  1. The actors were poised on the stage, ready for the curtain to come up.

  2. She held the pencil poised over the paper.

  3. The company is poised for success.

  4. She seemed poised to take on the leadership of the country.

  5. He is now poised to become the next big star in country music.

  6. a city poised between the mountains and the sea

  7. a group of people poised between hope and fear



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