verb \ˈpōz\

Definition of POSE

transitive verb
a :  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>
a :  to put or set in place
b :  to place (as a model) in a studied attitude
intransitive verb
:  to assume a posture or attitude usually for artistic purposes
:  to affect an attitude or character usually to deceive or impress <posed as a doctor to gain access to the ward>

Origin of POSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French poser, from Vulgar Latin *pausare, from Late Latin, to stop, rest, pause, from Latin pausa pause
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with POSE



: the position in which someone stands, sits, lies down, etc., especially as a model for a photograph, painting, etc.

: a kind of behavior that is intended to impress other people and that is not sincere

Full Definition of POSE

:  a sustained posture; especially :  one assumed for artistic effect
:  an attitude, role, or characteristic assumed for effect

Examples of POSE

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

First Known Use of POSE


Synonym Discussion of POSE

pose, air, airs, affectation, mannerism mean an adopted way of speaking or behaving. pose implies an attitude deliberately assumed in order to impress others <her shyness was just a pose>. air may suggest natural acquirement through environment or way of life <a traveler's sophisticated air>. airs always implies artificiality and pretentiousness <snobbish airs>. affectation applies to a trick of speech or behavior that strikes the observer as insincere <the posh accent is an affectation>. mannerism applies to an acquired eccentricity that has become a habit <gesturing with a cigarette was her most noticeable mannerism>.



Definition of POSE

transitive verb
:  puzzle, baffle

Origin of POSE

short for earlier appose, from Middle English apposen, alteration of opposen to oppose
First Known Use: 1593


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