\ 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 (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
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 According to the indictment, Williams was not a healthcare worker but created a Facebook account to pose as one, using the misappropriated ID. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, "Woman accused of fraud in plan to resell free masks," 26 June 2020 Here the dust will be thick enough to pose breathing risks. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Saharan dust cloud cloaks U.S. Gulf Coast in choking haze," 26 June 2020 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with a coalition of border states and environmental groups that contended the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats. Daisy Nguyen, BostonGlobe.com, "Appeals court: Trump wrongly diverted $2.5B for border wall," 26 June 2020 Dolly will not pose any threat to land, and its lifespan will be extremely short, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Dolly forms in North Atlantic Ocean but won't last long, forecasters say," 23 June 2020 With no businesses open, officials immediately feared budgetary impacts from loss of sales tax and hotel occupancy tax revenue would pose unknown challenges. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Firm completes report on Woodlands incorporation study for Township board," 19 June 2020 First, check out our guide on how to pose for photos. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Take better selfies with these lighting and angle tips," 17 June 2020 Chavarria wrote that the officers signing the letter have agreed to meet with the chief on Monday afternoon to discuss their concerns – and insisted that their departures from the SWAT unit did not pose a public safety vulnerability for residents. Fox News, "10 Florida SWAT officers quit unit over ‘political climate’: report," 13 June 2020 The pandemic promises to pose more challenges to leaders in the coming months. Dallas News, "Secrets of effective leaders in uncertain times," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pose of the radical has been subverted to capitalist ends. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "Covid-19 and Living Through a New American Revolution," 23 June 2020 Beyond dams, water pollution and industrial waste dumped into the Indus pose the gravest long-term threat to the dolphins. National Geographic, "One of world's rarest dolphins rebounding in Pakistan," 18 June 2020 It can be used in a variety of ways (this wheel comes with a free ebook and also a strap to deepen any pose), but the simplest way is to just sit in front of it and lie back. Popular Science, "Fascia-busting products for rolling out your sore muscles," 8 Oct. 2019 Snap pictures of the Pokémon, which Professor Oak judged on a point system based on the size of the Pokémon in the photo, its pose, and your photographic technique. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "New Pokémon Snap Revives a Classic for Nintendo Switch," 17 June 2020 Dimon, wearing shorts, sneakers and a mask, was adopting the once-controversial protest pose of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, still blacklisted from the NFL for calling attention to police brutality against African Americans. Anchorage Daily News, "After years of marginalizing black employees and customers, Corporate America says ‘black lives matter’," 14 June 2020 The symbolic pose gained prominence in 2016 after Colin Kaepernick, then quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest racial inequality and police brutality against people of color. NBC News, "NYPD lieutenant apologizes to colleagues for kneeling during George Floyd protest," 12 June 2020 Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård do the Titanic pose on the bow of the boat. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Here we go again...we ranked every musical number in the Mamma Mia movies," 11 June 2020 An apple tree in bloom is a thing of majesty: armlike branches, held aloft in an eternal pose of praise (or perhaps exasperation), wreathed in a stippled cloud of blossoms. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "How Apples Go Bad," 8 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pose. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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