Definition of pose
1 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>
2 a : to put or set in place b : to place (as a model) in a studied attitude
1 : to assume a posture or attitude usually for artistic purposes
2 : 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
Simple Definition of 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
1 : a sustained posture; especially : one assumed for artistic effect
2 : an attitude, role, or characteristic assumed for effect
Examples of pose
The photographs show the models in both clothed and nude poses.
Hold that pose. It will make a great photograph.
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
Origin of pose
short for earlier appose, from Middle English apposen, alteration of opposen to oppose
First Known Use: 1593
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