verb (1)
\ ˈpōz How to pronounce pose (audio) \
posed; posing

Definition of pose

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to set forth or offer for attention or consideration let me pose a question
b : to come to attention as : present smoking poses a health risk
2a : to put or set in place
b : to place (somone, such as a model) in a studied attitude

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture or attitude usually for artistic purposes
2 : to affect an attitude or character usually to deceive or impress posed as a doctor to gain access to the ward



Definition of pose (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sustained posture especially : one assumed for artistic effect
2 : an attitude, role, or characteristic assumed for effect


verb (2)
posed; posing

Definition of pose (Entry 3 of 3)

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pose, air, airs, affectation, mannerism mean an adopted way of speaking or behaving. pose implies an attitude deliberately assumed in order to impress others. her shyness was just a pose air may suggest natural acquirement through environment or way of life. a traveler's sophisticated air airs always implies artificiality and pretentiousness. snobbish airs affectation applies to a trick of speech or behavior that strikes the observer as insincere. the posh accent is an affectation mannerism applies to an acquired eccentricity that has become a habit. gesturing with a cigarette was her most noticeable mannerism

Examples of pose in a Sentence


The photographs show the models in both clothed and nude poses. Hold that pose. It will make a great photograph. His disapproval of the war looks good to voters, but I bet it's just a pose.
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From attacks on comic books in the early 20th century to later panics about the negative effects of cinema, radio, and television, the argument that new media pose a threat to young people was already well rehearsed. Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 Based on intelligence from multiple allied agencies, NATO countries have forged a consensus that the new Russian nuclear-capable cruise missiles pose a threat. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, "NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia," 5 July 2019 Indiana Indianapolis: State wildlife officials say an Asian carp species that poses a serious threat to mussel populations is advancing closer to the state’s waterways. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The economic dispute has helped surface a host of strategic differences between the two sides, including American complaints that China’s military moves pose a threat to navigation in the vital shipping lane. Brendan Scott / Bloomberg, Time, "Pentagon Calls China’s South Sea Missile Test ‘Truly Disturbing’," 3 July 2019 Japan would also like the U.S. to apply more pressure to the North Korean regime, which poses a threat to Japan. David Meyer, Fortune, "G20 Summit May Sideline Climate Goals to Keep Trump Happy During Trade Talks," 25 June 2019 Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, for example, in January told a key Senate committee that climate change poses a significant risk to national security, despite Trump's past claims that global warming is a hoax (Climatewire, Jan. 30). Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "Not All Military Bases Plan for Warming, Watchdog Finds," 14 June 2019 Women’s soccer has seen unprecedented growth since the last World Cup, domestically and internationally, and multiple countries pose a threat to the Americans’ potential repeat. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT ready for title fight as FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in France," 8 June 2019 The headphone force field can also help signal the inverse—that a nearby stranger doesn’t pose a threat. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jenner took the challenge to new heights and performed a pirouette pose on a moving jet ski, gracefully unscrewing the cap with the top of her foot. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has an Extreme Fashion Take on the Latest Social Media Challenge," 9 July 2019 Alex Sandro, on the other hand, opts for a more serious pose. SI.com, "Copa América 2019: Seleção Celebrate Tournament Triumph on Social Media," 8 July 2019 At her studio, students practice dance, yoga and aerial yoga, which is practiced using bands that hang from the ceiling to perform different yoga poses. Ashlyn Rollins, The Mercury News, "‘When will this end?’ Months after Camp Fire, living in Paradise still feels like ‘everybody’s in crisis’," 7 July 2019 Amid a war of words with President Donald Trump, Rapinoe has also become a meme, with many on social media resharing a photo of a celebratory pose the athlete, 33, took after her second goal in America’s quarterfinals match against France. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Megan Rapinoe Knows She's a Meme Now for World Cup Pose: I'm 'Trying to Entertain'," 3 July 2019 And Rapinoe stuck a victorious pose in a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over France on Friday night in Paris. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "USWNT tops England to advance into final at FIFA Women’s World Cup," 2 July 2019 Danish artist Thomas Dambo rebuilt Isak, keeping the original head, heart, hands and feet but giving him a new pose. USA TODAY, "Troll trail, coal train derailment, geyser record: News from around our 50 states," 27 June 2019 The rest of the one-hour session proceeds much like a normal yoga class, taking participants through a range of breathing techniques and active poses designed to foster strength and flexibility. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Alaska Now Offers Reindeer Yoga Classes," 26 June 2019 Looking at the documents in that first case, Sedky was struck by how the harasser demanded precise poses and gave his victim strict deadlines. Stephanie Clifford, WIRED, "He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of pose

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pose

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French poser, from Vulgar Latin *pausare, from Late Latin, to stop, rest, pause, from Latin pausa pause

Verb (2)

short for earlier appose, from Middle English apposen, alteration of opposen to oppose

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English Language Learners Definition of pose

: the position in which someone stands, sits, lies down, etc., especially as a model for a photograph, painting, etc.
disapproving : a kind of behavior that is intended to impress other people and that is not sincere


\ ˈpōz How to pronounce pose (audio) \
posed; posing

Kids Definition of pose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hold or cause to hold a special position of the body Everyone posed for the photo.
2 : to be or create The game poses a risk of injury.
3 : to ask (a question)
4 : to pretend to be someone or something else The impostor posed as royalty.



Kids Definition of pose (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a position of the body held for a special purpose He was photographed in different poses.
2 : a pretended attitude Her friendliness is just a pose.

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