verb in·ter·pose \ ˌin-tər-ˈpōz \
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

Definition of interpose

interposed; interposing
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
1 : to be or come between
2 : to step in between parties at variance : intervene
3 : interrupt



Examples of interpose in a Sentence

  1. The new system has interposed a bureaucratic barrier between doctors and patients.

  2. He tried to interpose himself between the people who were fighting.

  3. Please allow me to interpose a brief observation.

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Origin and Etymology of interpose

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

INTERPOSE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of interpose for English Language Learners

  • : to place (someone or something) between two or more things or people

  • : to interrupt a conversation with (a comment)

INTERPOSE Defined for Kids


verb in·ter·pose \ ˌin-tər-ˈpōz \

Definition of interpose for Students

interposed; interposing
1 : to put between two or more things
  • He interposed himself between the fighting boys.
2 : to introduce between parts of a conversation
  • May I interpose a question?

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