depose

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verb de·pose \di-ˈpōz, dē-\

Definition of depose

deposed

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deposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove from a throne or other high position <plotting to depose the king> <a deposed military leader>

  3. 2 :  to put down :  deposit <deposing the sacrament in a carved recess — Francis Berry>

  4. 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, assertc law :  to take testimony (see testimony 2c) from especially by deposition <depose a witness> <plaintiffs … were entitled to depose experts retained by the defendants — National Law Journal>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to bear witness

Examples of depose in a sentence

  1. <a military junta deposed the dictator after he had bankrupted the country>

  2. <she was nervous when the time to depose before the jury finally arrived>

Origin and Etymology of depose

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


First Known Use: 14th century


DEPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

depose

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verb de·pose \di-ˈpōz, dē-\

Definition of depose for English Language Learners

  • : to remove (someone) from a powerful position


DEPOSE Defined for Kids

depose

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verb de·pose \di-ˈpōz\

Definition of depose for Students

deposed

deposing

  1. :  to remove from a high office <depose a king>


Law Dictionary

depose

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verb de·pose \di-ˈpōz\

Legal Definition of depose

deposed

deposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to testify to under oath or by sworn affidavit

  3. 2 :  to take testimony from especially by deposition <plaintiffs…were entitled to depose experts retained by the defendants — National Law Journal> — compare examine

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  testify <the plaintiff deposed in person to many specific facts — Mintz v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co., 72 S.E.2d 38 (1952)>



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