poised

adjective
\ 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Rounding the finalists’ ring with a poised and powerful stride, Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy. Jennifer Peltz, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2022 The 6-foot Young is accurate, poised and inventive. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2022 This,as Russian forces remain poised on Ukraine's border for a possible invasion. NBC News, 23 Jan. 2022 Some states, however, seem less poised to pass this kind of gun legislation. New York Times, 29 May 2022 The Timberwolves cut the game to a two-run differential and looked poised for a late comeback in the third game between the two Three Rivers League rivals. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 More than 2 million Ukrainians have fled in just two weeks, according to the United Nations, with many more poised to become refugees soon. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 9 Mar. 2022 Nadia was a sybarite who seemed poised to tip over into genuine addiction. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 And yet, Villanova, which was excelled so often at winning tight games, seemed poised to do so again. Billy Witz, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of poised

1626, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries Near poised

poise

poised

poiser

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Last Updated

26 Jul 2022

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“Poised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poised. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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