de·​pose | \ di-ˈpōz How to pronounce depose (audio) , 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
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
Recent Examples on the Web Federal officials said Johnson has since retired, and Folden has such a heavy workload that deposing him would impede his ability to fulfill his duties. Jacob Beltran,, "City sues feds for testimony in sanctuary city lawsuit defense," 29 Apr. 2020 In Germany, Klopp led Borussia Dortmund, another great club that had fallen away, to consecutive Bundesliga titles, deposing the mighty Bayern Munich. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Watching Liverpool’s Awesome, Fretful Return to the Top of English Soccer," 26 Feb. 2020 In past impeachments, the Senate went beyond the facts established by the House and inquired further – even deposing Monica Lewinsky in the Clinton trial of 1999. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Chief Justice John Roberts emerges as potential wild card in Trump's Senate impeachment trial," 31 Jan. 2020 Senators agreed to have the House impeachment managers depose Lewinsky, White House aide Sidney Blumenthal and a Clinton ally, attorney Vernon Jordan. Dustin Gardiner,, "Prosecuting Trump: S.J. Rep. Zoe Lofgren key part of House team for impeachment," 15 Jan. 2020 The defendant deposed David Grohl and Krist Novoselic, the two surviving members of the band, who each testified they didn't know who created the logo. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Marc Jacobs Countersues Nirvana Over Smiley Face," 27 Nov. 2019 Guest speaker Malaz Elgemiabby, Sudanese artist, will talk on how art moved the people of Sudan toward nonviolent resistance to depose a repressive regime. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "‘Medicare For All’ is topic of forum: Around The Town," 15 Nov. 2019 His own party could push him out—but Likud has never deposed one of its own leaders. The Economist, "Will Binyamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex part of the West Bank work?," 12 Sep. 2019 So after the horrendous 9/11 attacks, the U.S. mounted a very successful campaign to depose the Taliban and the Al Qaeda sanctuary in Afghanistan. CBS News, "Transcript: Michael Vickers talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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22 May 2020

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“Depose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of depose

: to remove (someone) from a powerful position


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

Kids Definition of depose

: to remove from a high office depose a king


de·​pose | \ di-ˈpōz How to pronounce depose (audio) \
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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