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 Contemplating the large, industrial workforces of prior decades, Ignatiev had been able to imagine workers forming councils, seizing the means of production, and deposing their bosses. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "Noel Ignatiev’s Long Fight Against “Whiteness”," 15 Nov. 2019 There were no immediate signs that the military itself was maneuvering for power, but Mexico, Uruguay, Cuba and Venezuela have said Morales was deposed illegally. Washington Post, "United States: Bolivian president wasn’t forced out by coup," 11 Nov. 2019 Through a series of security deals and mining ventures, the Kremlin managed to build an alliance in the last two years with the Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir—only to watch him deposed in a popular uprising this summer. Madeline Roache, Time, "30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia Is Only Pretending to Be a Major Power," 9 Nov. 2019 The end of the Pinochet dictatorship, in 1990, came with an implicit caveat: Military rule would end, but the socialist policies of Salvador Allende, the leftist president Gen. Augusto Pinochet had deposed in a coup, would not return. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "‘Chile Woke Up’: Dictatorship’s Legacy of Inequality Triggers Mass Protests," 3 Nov. 2019 After the 2003 American invasion deposed Iraq's long-time dictator Saddam Hussein, the US introduced confessionalism -- the same colonial-era system imposed in Lebanon -- which divides power based on sectarian affiliation. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Protests toppled two governments in three days, but the fight is only beginning," 2 Nov. 2019 Conversations about deposing Bolton and Mulvaney come as Democrats weigh whether to hold a full House vote for an impeachment inquiry, a step that is not required by the Constitution or House rules. Anchorage Daily News, "Impeachment inquiry ensnares Trump’s inner circle, Bolton and Mulvaney," 15 Oct. 2019 Such a paradigm would be good at launching bombs and deposing foreign leaders but would struggle with the harder work of building a sustainable global order or balance of powers. Fred Bauer, National Review, "The Perils of a Dis-United States," 10 Oct. 2019 Pompeo said in his letter that State Department officials cannot be deposed without counsel from the Executive Branch present, and therefore do not need to comply with the House's request. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Can Mike Pompeo Keep State Department Officials From Testifying?," 3 Oct. 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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21 Nov 2019

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“Depose.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce depose (audio)

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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