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Definition of poised

: having poise:
a : marked by balance or equilibrium
b : marked by easy composure of manner or bearing

Examples of poised in a Sentence

The actors were poised on the stage, ready for the curtain to come up. She held the pencil poised over the paper. The company is poised for success. She seemed poised to take on the leadership of the country. He is now poised to become the next big star in country music. a city poised between the mountains and the sea a group of people poised between hope and fear
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Recent Examples on the Web France is targeting a mid-May reboot. *** The U.S. futures are holding firm with the Dow and S&P 500 poised to open up by roughly 1%. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global stocks edge higher as investors nervously await the start of earnings season," 14 Apr. 2020 Right now with its poised manner, excellent ride, beautiful interior, and buffet of tech stuff, the current mid-size Audi—dubbed C8—is flat wonderful. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi S6 Is Less and More Than the S7," 8 Apr. 2020 The chicken wings, drenched in a sauce meant to pay tribute to D.C.’s mumbo sauce, look poised to fly off their plate. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Emmy Squared finds diners opening wide for Detroit-style pizza," 31 Jan. 2020 After Carson Wentz ranked 26th in the NFL with just 6.7 yards per attempt in 2019, the Eagles look poised to make some kind of upgrade to their crew of pass catchers. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2020: How contenders can address glaring needs with top prospects," 1 Dec. 2019 Résumé: 31-5; lost to Davidson in Sweet 16 Senior center Brian Butch and sophomore junior guard Trevon Hughes looked poised to lead UW on a deep run before running into Stephen Curry. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sconnie Madness: An all-time bracket of Wisconsin college basketball teams," 24 Mar. 2020 Miller looked poised to turn a corner in year three, having increased the Hoosiers’ win total from 11 in his first season to 21 in his second. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "How Teri Moren turned IU women's basketball into something its been chasing for decades," 5 Mar. 2020 Let the rest of the Dual County League take notice — the Cambridge boys’ basketball team looks poised to return to its dominant form. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 19 Dec. 2019 But with all the excitement heading into the end of the year, talk of smart hedges looks poised to ramp up. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "A 'black swan' market indicator flashes a warning," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of poised

1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poised was in 1626

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22 May 2020

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“Poised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poised. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poised

: not moving but ready to move
: ready or prepared for something
: in a state, place, or situation that is between two different or opposite things

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