\ˈpȯizd \

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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Makita joins another 33-year-old poised to sign with San Diego. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres reportedly agree to two-year deal with Japanese submariner Kazuhisa Makita," 5 Jan. 2018 In a series between two of the NHL’s top regular season teams that looks poised to go the distance, the details are going to be huge. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Fiala Plays Hero in 2OT as Predators Even Series With Jets," 30 Apr. 2018 With ten days left in their campaign, which closes July 19th, Sones and her team are poised to rally customers to continue buying Lipslut lipsticks and donate to the deserving cause. refinery29.com, "This Lipstick Brand Has Donated Over $100,000 To Help Reunite Migrant Families," 9 July 2018 And in the background, the nation’s central bankers stand poised to raise interest rates and deliberately rein in growth if wages climb too rapidly. Patricia Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 And in the background, the nation’s central bankers stand poised to raise interest rates and deliberately rein in growth if wages climb too rapidly. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains," 13 July 2018 To grow, Dell is going to have to work with the cloud computing companies that stand poised to eat so much of its existing business, not compete against them. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Dell Is Ready to Go Public Again. But Has it Really Changed?," 2 July 2018 The Artists on the Bluff are poised to hang their new summer show the weekend of June 16-17, from l0 a.m. to 5 pm. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Summer Arts Festival this weekend in Lake Bluff," 11 June 2018 In the beginning of the season, the four-time champion looked poised to contend for his fifth, but ever since the Indianapolis 500, he's plummeted down the championship standings. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Ryan Hunter-Reay snaps 42-race winless streak with victory in Detroit," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of poised

1626, in the meaning defined above

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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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