: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poised was in 1626

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“Poised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poised. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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