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 Slaughter argued that there was sufficient evidence for the FTC to name Zuckerberg in a lawsuit, and Chopra criticized the agency for not deposing him. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Here are the details of the FTC's $5 billion settlement with Facebook," 24 July 2019 The 67-year-old leader came to power in a coup in 1990 and has survived numerous bids to depose him. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "After a record 16-month ban, this president has unblocked social media access," 16 July 2019 The uncompromising ex-president, who was deposed in a coup in 2017, left a mixed legacy. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Tributes -- and also fierce criticism -- pour in after death of Robert Mugabe," 6 Sep. 2019 Eventually, after Sihanouk was deposed in a 1970 military coup, Mr. Nuon Chea fled Phnom Penh as well. Washington Post, "Nuon Chea, Khmer Rouge’s infamous ‘Brother Number Two,’ dies at 93," 4 Aug. 2019 Musk has sought to depose Mac for the case, but Buzzfeed has objected, arguing that Mac has already supplied both parties all relevant information about the case. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Musk spent $50,000 digging into critic’s personal life," 17 Sep. 2019 Because his lawsuit claims that Mr. Grein told Pope John Paul II about the abuse, his legal team will seek to depose Vatican officials and gain access to secret Vatican documents. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Hundreds of Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Flood N.Y. Courts," 15 Aug. 2019 The petition, which seeks to depose police officials and obtain other evidence in the case, is part of legal groundwork the family is laying for a possible lawsuit. Washington Post, "Attorneys: Review raises doubts about fatal Texas drug raid," 25 July 2019 In 1943, when Mussolini was deposed, Leone decamped to Rome, to supervise an underground press. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 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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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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