depose

verb

de·​pose di-ˈpōz How to pronounce depose (audio)
dē-
deposed; deposing

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 recessFrancis 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
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

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Depose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depose. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

depose

verb
de·​pose di-ˈpōz How to pronounce depose (audio)
deposed; deposing
1
: to remove from a high office
deposed the king
2
: to testify under oath or by a sworn written statement

Legal Definition

depose

verb
de·​pose di-ˈpōz How to pronounce depose (audio)
deposed; deposing

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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