\ ˈpȯizd How to pronounce poised (audio) \

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 Charlotte extended its lead to 102-92 just three minutes into the fourth quarter after another Rozier 3-pointer and looked poised to pull away. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic stumble late as Hornets pull away for 122-112 victory," 7 May 2021 While the Palace initially seemed poised to handle the inquiry internally, the royals are now considering bringing in an independent law firm to conduct the investigation, according to a report from The Sun. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Is Demanding to See the Evidence Buckingham Palace Finds in Its Bullying Investigation," 14 Mar. 2021 McCarthy succeeded him as majority leader and seemed poised to become speaker after Boehner stepped down in 2015 under pressure from members of the Freedom Caucus. BostonGlobe.com, "‘An incredibly difficult balancing act:’ Will Kevin McCarthy lead the fractious House Republicans to the majority?," 3 Apr. 2021 Behind the heroics of freshman phenom Paige Bueckers, UConn had taken down Tennessee and South Carolina in the regular season, Iowa and Baylor in the NCAA Tournament and looked poised to potentially bring home Title No. 12 in San Antonio. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "‘Immature’ UConn women say they underestimated Arizona in Final Four upset, and Geno Auriemma wasn’t having it," 3 Apr. 2021 In First Made Into Space, by Felipe Baeza, a poised, mannequin-like figure hovers in space, even as spreading vines appear to sever its hands from its body. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "And Now gallery features a talented crop of young artists," 22 Mar. 2021 The tree stands poised to be engulfed by encroaching darkness — swallowed up and consumed. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Landscape and body, in sensuous shadow: The photos of Mark McKnight," 3 Mar. 2021 Style is a top priority, and each offering on our list has a unique aesthetic that can help the wearer feel poised and confident. Michala White, chicagotribune.com, "Best stylish winter accessories," 25 Feb. 2021 Dirrell looked poised and savvy in the ring and won’t be held back from future opportunities. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Flint native Anthony Dirrell draws with underdog Kyrone Davis: 'Thought I won'," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of poised

1626, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

15 May 2021

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“Poised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poised. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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