depose

verb
de·pose | \di-ˈpōz, dē-\
deposed; deposing

Definition of depose 

transitive verb

1 : to remove from a throne or other high position plotting to depose the king a deposed military leader

2 : to put down : deposit deposing the sacrament in a carved recess— Francis Berry

3 [ Middle English, from Medieval Latin deponere, from Late Latin ]

a law : to testify to under oath or by affidavit deposed before the court that he had seen the defendant enter the building

b : affirm, assert

c law : to take testimony (see testimony sense 1a) from especially by deposition depose a witness plaintiffs … were entitled to depose experts retained by the defendantsNational Law Journal

intransitive verb

: to bear witness

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Examples of depose in a Sentence

a military junta deposed the dictator after he had bankrupted the country she was nervous when the time to depose before the jury finally arrived

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The man who deposed longtime President Robert Mugabe is literally wearing his campaign promises on his sleeve six weeks before a historic election: Fight corruption, develop the economy, re-engage with the rest of the world and create jobs. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Looming Election Is Vital for Zimbabwe," 15 June 2018 Yahoo Sports was the first outlet to report Thursday of efforts to depose Trump. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Colin Kaepernick's attorneys targeting Donald Trump for possible subpoena in NFL collusion case," 7 June 2018 Trump’s lawyers are arguing state courts do not have jurisdiction to depose a sitting president. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "New York's high court rejects Trump's effort to dismiss suit from 'Apprentice' contestant," 14 June 2018 At the same time, the city is trying to keep Council members from being deposed. New York Times, "From Former de Blasio Official, an Admission on Segregation," 2 May 2018 The defense is in the process of deposing the woman's ex-husband. Allison Kite And Joseph Bustos, kansascity, "Gov. Greitens’ invasion-of-privacy case will proceed, but judge scolds prosecutor | The Kansas City Star," 19 Apr. 2018 Stormy Daniels’ lawyer has filed a motion to depose the president and his lawyer. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: More Dem candidates abandon Pelosi," 28 Mar. 2018 House members are roping in Trump on a plan to depose Ryan this summer, putting the House in the hands of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. David Dayen, The New Republic, "A Fitting End to Paul Ryan’s Fraudulent Political Career," 22 May 2018 Yet when Nadal won, there was a real fear that this was a knockout blow, that Federer had been deposed and might go by way of Borg. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Grass Court Season, Equal Pay and the Fed-Rafa Documentary," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of depose

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for depose

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

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The first known use of depose was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for depose

depose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of depose

: to remove (someone) from a powerful position

depose

verb
de·pose | \di-ˈpōz \
deposed; deposing

Kids Definition of depose

: to remove from a high office depose a king

depose

verb
de·pose | \di-ˈpōz \
deposed; deposing

Legal Definition of depose 

transitive verb

1 : to testify to under oath or by sworn affidavit

2 : to take testimony from especially by deposition plaintiffs…were entitled to depose experts retained by the defendantsNational Law Journal — compare examine

intransitive verb

: testify the plaintiff deposed in person to many specific factsMintz v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co., 72 S.E.2d 38 (1952)

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