pose

1 of 3

verb (1)

posed; posing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

pose

2 of 3

noun

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

pose

3 of 3

verb (2)

posed; posing
Choose the Right Synonym for pose

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
For pet owners who are not sure if a plant poses potential harm, the ASPCA website posts lists of toxic and non-toxic plants. Amy McGorry, Fox News, 25 Nov. 2023 The model recreated her 2001 Gucci campaign, posing in the Tom Ford-era mini dress complete with sheer paneling. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2023 The New Girl actress, 43, posted an Instagram carousel on Thursday, with one of the photos featuring her posing with another girl from a childhood Thanksgiving. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 In Dallas, when Diaz and Paul posed for the cameras in a stare-down, Diaz provoked Paul by raising his fists, pressing his right elbow and then forearm into his opponent’s left shoulder. Rafi Kohan, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 The layout of the small, cluttered apartment posed several tactical disadvantages for officers, according to the report. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2023 In cryptography, quantum computers pose both an opportunity and a challenge. Daniel Lidar, Discover Magazine, 23 Nov. 2023 In Canada, the wild pigs roaming Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba pose a new threat. CBS News, 22 Nov. 2023 Also, nurturing strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as developing the capability to pose insightful questions, will continue to be invaluable. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
Noun
Celebrity Babies Born in 2023 Foster — daughter of David Foster and Rebecca Dyer — addressed pregnancy speculation in July after sharing an Instagram Story, striking a pose in an airplane selfie. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Sargent could handle the business side (the commission), the social side (getting on with the sitter), the PR side (right dress, right pose, right expression) and the picture-making side, and sew it all up with invisible stitches. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 The glamour shot quickly set the internet aflame with memes of Newsom in the same pensive pose with various fake backdrops. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Her portraiture focuses on the emotional complexity of human life through the use of dramatic lighting and sculptural poses. Catrin Einhorn Thea Traff, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 At the makeshift studio, Vince stood at the back suggesting poses. Geddy Lee, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023 The siblings struck a number of sweet poses together in photos shared on Instagram. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 The portrait shows her in the regal pose of a Western monarch — a way of asserting her authority. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Somewhere in this profusion, dancers are shown executing all 108 poses of the ancient tradition Bharatanatyam, and 151 musicians are playing sitars, sarods, tablas, and an orchestra’s worth of other instruments. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb (1)

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

Noun

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1593, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pose. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

pose

1 of 2 verb
posed; posing
1
a
: to hold or cause to hold a special position of the body
posed for fashion photographers
b
: to pretend to be what one is not
pose as a soldier
2
: to offer for consideration
posed a question

pose

2 of 2 noun
1
: a position of the body held for a special purpose
2
: a pretended attitude
my cheerfulness was a pose

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