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

Definition of pose

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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 (someone, 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

Noun 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And allowing some workers to have June 19 as a holiday and other workers to have Election Day as a holiday would pose logistical challenges, Jones said. Robin Goist, cleveland, 25 May 2021 In an interview last week, Bibbins-Domingo said the new guidelines also could pose a threat to people who want the vaccine but haven’t been able to get it for a variety of reasons. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Fraudsters also sometimes pose as a government agency or business associated with cryptocurrencies, the FTC said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 17 May 2021 Under Trump, Interior officials said mining or grazing would not pose a significant threat to sage grouse. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 The report said New England’s biggest supply vulnerability is the region’s dependence on its ports; disruptions to those operations, such as from severe storms or extensive ice accumulation, pose the greatest threat to the region’s fuel logistics. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021 And with the majority of local fire departments being volunteer, that can pose dangers for all the communities, Timmer said. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, 3 May 2021 Townsend has said most terror groups in Africa do not pose a direct threat to the U.S. homeland. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 26 Apr. 2021 Ransomware attacks pose a significant national security and public safety concern, officials and experts said. Dustin Volz, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pose also challenges the balance and builds muscle endurance. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 5 June 2021 Twitter was filled with screenshots of LeBlanc's pose, accompanied with captions of what his Irish alter ego would be saying at a family gathering or at the pub. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 In it, a 6-year-old Black girl named Madison Jade Strickland strikes a pose in purple jodhpurs, a hot pink riding helmet at her side. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Occupational hazards include goats climbing on you in the middle of a pose, but hey: Kids will be kids. BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2021 The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame capitalized by selling its own version of the pose. Mike Ives And Daniel Victor New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 Jan. 2021 Not sure this will reach the shotgun dads out there — who really do pose for unsettling prom pics like this — but here’s hoping. Matthew Love, Vulture, 23 May 2021 An article on Wednesday about the threats that hackers and climate change pose to U.S. oil pipelines and grids referred imprecisely to a move barring oil exports to the United States in 1973. New York Times, 21 May 2021 The 22-foot, 3,000-pound, steel and carbon fiber spaceman, positioned arms up in a V inspired by a signature Michael Jackson pose, did not just land at the end of a pier at the Hodges Bay Resort in Antigua. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, 15 May 2021

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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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The first known use of pose was in the 14th century

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“Pose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pose. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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