interpose

verb

in·​ter·​pose ˌin-tər-ˈpōz How to pronounce interpose (audio)
interposed; interposing

transitive verb

1
a
: to place in an intervening position
b
: to put (oneself) between : intrude
2
: to put forth by way of interference or intervention
3
: to introduce or throw in between the parts of a conversation or argument

intransitive verb

1
: to be or come between
2
: to step in between parties at variance : intervene
3
interposer noun
Choose the Right Synonym for interpose

interpose, interfere, intervene, mediate, intercede mean to come or go between.

interpose often implies no more than this.

interposed herself between him and the door

interfere implies hindering.

noise interfered with my concentration

intervene may imply an occurring in space or time between two things or a stepping in to stop a conflict.

quarreled until the manager intervened

mediate implies intervening between hostile factions.

mediated between the parties

intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness.

interceded on our behalf

synonyms see in addition introduce

Examples of interpose in a Sentence

The new system has interposed a bureaucratic barrier between doctors and patients. He tried to interpose himself between the people who were fighting. Please allow me to interpose a brief observation.
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Word History

Etymology

Middle French interposer, from Latin interponere (perfect indicative interposui), from inter- + ponere to put — more at position

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of interpose was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Interpose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interpose. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

interpose

verb
in·​ter·​pose ˌint-ər-ˈpōz How to pronounce interpose (audio)
interposed; interposing
1
a
: to place in an intervening position
2
: to introduce in between the parts of a conversation or argument
3
: to step in between opposing parties
interposer noun
interposition
-pə-ˈzish-ən
noun

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