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

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Other Words from interpose

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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Recent Examples on the Web With a mask interposed close to the healthy hamsters (the equivalent of a healthy person wearing a mask), one-third were. The Economist, "Face masks and the coronavirus Masks probably slow the spread of covid-19," 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,, "Saturday Night Live recap: Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler join second at-home episode," 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, "The Dixie Chicks just announced their first studio album in over a decade — and dropped the first single," 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, "Jill Biden’s epic tussle: In split-second blocking maneuver, she protects husband from lunging vegans," 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, "Otto Warmbier honored by rock band Bennett Wales & The Relief with new song, plea for justice," 25 Feb. 2020 The claim is frivolous, and interposed solely for delay. Time, "Why Donald Trump Could Still Resign," 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, "The Persuasive Power of the Wolf Lady," 29 May 2019 Through positive reinforcement -- with a barrier interposed -- cassowaries can also be trained to come to keepers for checkups. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Roos, geese, and a blue-tongued lizard: Behind the scenes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 8 June 2019

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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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The first known use of interpose was in 1582

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“Interpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of interpose

: to place (someone or something) between two or more things or people
: to interrupt a conversation with (a comment)


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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