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 dismissal of the hush agreement lawsuit would likely mean that Avenatti wouldn’t be able to keep trying to depose Trump or Cohen about the payment, and that’s where Avenatti has taken issue. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Michael Cohen wants to scrap the Stormy Daniels NDA," 8 Sep. 2018 European leaders, backed by the United States, deposed him by force and his citizens executed him. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Now NATO Says Russian “Hybrid Warfare” Could Start a Real War," 13 July 2018 That case still poses a threat to Trump because he could be deposed, potentially opening him up to charges of perjury. Anna North, Vox, "In Stormy Daniels, Trump may have met his match," 18 Oct. 2018 Darren Chester, a minister in The Nationals party, the junior coalition partner, has threatened to take away the government's single-seat majority in the House of Representatives if Turnbull was deposed. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Dutton planning 2nd challenge to Australian prime minister," 22 Aug. 2018 The luxurious lifestyle was funded by Manafort’s political consulting for the pro-Russian Ukrainian political party of Viktor Yanukovych, who was deposed as Ukraine’s president in 2014. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "What does Mueller have? Manafort trial offers glimpse," 30 July 2018 Prince Philip and the Royal Family of Greece and Denmark and the Mountbattens Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark had a chaotic childhood after his family was deposed by a military revolt. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "The Tricky Relationship Between the Royal Family and Their In-laws," 29 July 2018 The elder Saleh ruled in Yemen for more than three decades, before being deposed in Arab Spring unrest and attempting a comeback by aligning himself with the Houthis. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Yemeni Forces Close In on Rebel-Held Port City," 29 May 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of depose

: to remove (someone) from a powerful position


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

Kids Definition of depose

: to remove from a high office depose a king


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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