Definition of poise
- carried a water jar poised on her head
- poised her fork and gave her guest a knowing look
- —Louis Bromfield
She poised her pencil above the paper and waited for the signal to begin writing.
the disgraced business executive poised herself for the difficult press conference
: to hold (something) in a balanced and steady position
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to grant as a privilege or special favor
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