depose

verb
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 By 1886, a group of frustrated advisors vowed to depose Ludwig. Daisy Alioto, Longreads, "House of the Century," 10 Aug. 2020 As part of their collusion claim, Kaepernick and his representatives depose Goodell and a variety of NFL owners and executives, including Jones. Barry Wilner, The Denver Post, "Colin Kaepernick: Timeline of a gesture and its echoes," 7 June 2020 Amazon cited tweets and other public comments by Mr. Trump in its court filing seeking to depose the president. New York Times, "The Winners and Losers From T-Mobile and Sprint’s Merger Saga," 11 Feb. 2020 Dantonio’s attorneys requested him to be deposed again Feb. 20 and 21 at their offices in Birmingham. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mark Dantonio cut ties with Curtis Blackwell from Italy; didn't want Michigan to steal him," 30 Jan. 2020 An all-out effort by the U.S. to depose the Iranian regime could cost trillions of dollars and untold American lives, Goldenberg wrote in a recent analysis. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "If the U.S. strikes Iran, what might happen next?," 21 June 2019 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, ExpressNews.com, "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

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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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“Depose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depose. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for depose

depose

verb
How to pronounce depose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of depose

: to remove (someone) from a powerful position

depose

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

Kids Definition of depose

: to remove from a high office depose a king

depose

verb
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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