depose

verb de·pose \ di-ˈpōz , dē- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of depose

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 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 1a) from especially by deposition
  • depose a witness
  • plaintiffs … were entitled to depose experts retained by the defendants
  • National Law Journal
intransitive verb
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of depose

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


DEPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

depose

verb

Definition of depose for English Language Learners

  • : to remove (someone) from a powerful position


DEPOSE Defined for Kids

depose

verb de·pose \ di-ˈpōz \

Definition of depose for Students

deposed; deposing
: to remove from a high office
  • depose a king

Law Dictionary

depose

verb de·pose \ di-ˈpōz \

legal Definition of depose

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 defendants
  • National Law Journal
— compare examine
intransitive verb
: 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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