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
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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After the war, Peter was not allowed to return to Yugoslavia, and he was ultimately deposed in 1945. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 The measures aimed at weakening politicians are seen as being directed at the Pheu Thai Party, which headed the government deposed in 2014. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Thailand sets date of first general election since coup," 23 Jan. 2019 Gaga was deposed reportedly because Kesha had told her about some of her allegations against Dr. Luke. Vogue, "Lady Gaga Fiercely Defended Kesha—And Sexual Assault Survivors—A Newly Unsealed Deposition From Dr. Luke Lawsuit Shows," 30 Jan. 2019 According to Elson, Tesla board members should expect to be deposed. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Elon Musk sued by SEC over ‘funding secured’ tweet," 27 Sep. 2018 Earlier this month, New York's highest court rejected Trump's attempt to halt discovery in the suit, paving the way for the president to be deposed. Michael Kranish And Ann E. Marimow,, "Top Supreme Court prospect has argued presidents should not be bothered by probes, lawsuits," 29 June 2018 Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Friday was the latest in a long list of powerful NFL people to be deposed by Colin Kaepernick’s team in the quarterback’s collusion case, according to Sports Illustrated., "Patriots owner Robert Kraft deposed in Colin Kaepernick case," 19 May 2018 If approved, Trump would be the first sitting president to be deposed since former President Bill Clinton during Ken Starr’s independent counsel investigation. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Cohen attorneys say feds seized devices that have 'nothing to do' with warrant, rip 'unprecedented' search," 16 Apr. 2018 He was deposed by a 2006 military coup, but his following remained strong. Fox News, "New Thai laws mandate election by May next year," 12 Sep. 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 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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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