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

Definition of interpose

transitive verb

1a : 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 : interrupt

Other Words from interpose

interposer noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Biden was taking a harder line with Putin, but when the two met earlier in the summer and Zelensky tried to interpose on the summit with dire warnings about the war, he was ignored. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 With a mask interposed close to the healthy hamsters (the equivalent of a healthy person wearing a mask), one-third were. The Economist, 28 May 2020 One clever way to avoid the restrictions of being at home, isolated — Kate and Aidy are both being interposed onto different grocery store setting backdrops. Andy Hoglund,, 26 Apr. 2020 The female-centric video showcases vintage footage of women interposed with kaleidoscopic effects and shots of the band singing in various costumes. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, 4 Mar. 2020 With the vegan protester just a few feet from her husband, Jill Biden clutched her husband's right hand and interposed her body between him and the woman lunging at him. Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2020 The music video interposed footage of Warmbier, Kim Jong Un, President Trump and North Korean scenes, ending with a smiling photo of Otto showing the dates of his birth and death. Eric Shawn | Fox News, Fox News, 25 Feb. 2020 The claim is frivolous, and interposed solely for delay. Time, 9 Dec. 2019 Then an older rancher with a graying mustache and ruddy cheeks interposed himself between Vardaman and the protester who had interrupted her. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, 29 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of interpose

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for interpose

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

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“Interpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of interpose

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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