verb (1)
\ ˈpōz \
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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is partly because, for now at least, ISWAP poses little direct threat to Western countries. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 In a lightning round of random questions at the end of Thursday night’s Republican debate at Mohegan Sun, conservative radio moderator Lee Elci posed the query. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Politics and the Price of Milk," 14 July 2018 Upton shared the news of her pregnancy with a photo of her in a sharp red, ankle-length suit posed on a hotel balcony in Miami. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kate Upton Just Announced She's Expecting Her First Child," 14 July 2018 But global climate change poses another risk for cities: accelerated gentrification. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 In a photo from her cover shoot for the July/August issue of Health Magazine, Busy Philipps poses angelically amongst the chaos often found in a home where young kids live. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Every Celeb Kid Is Strumming On This Quaint Fairytale Instrument, But Why?," 12 July 2018 Conversely, the move to spring could pose issues for multiple upcoming PGA sites. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 Political controversy posed no challenge for Samantha Bee as the late-night host secured an Emmy nomination for best variety talk series. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Samantha Bee Earns Emmy Nomination Despite Ivanka Trump C-Word Controversy," 12 July 2018 Aunt Jane, on the other hand, posed no threat to Emma, likely contributing to their closeness. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Judging by the pose and caption, some fans assumed that Amy may be expecting her first child. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Amy Schumer Says She's Not Pregnant, But 'Thank You for Thinking of My Womb'," 12 July 2018 It was laced through with hope and triumphalism, with a sense that the series was always about five seconds away from having star Elisabeth Moss flex her bicep in a Rosie the Riveter pose. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018 This exhibition focuses on the body — naked, clothed or partially clothed — and includes paintings, prints and sculptures as well as preparatory studies that helped artists work out poses and details for paintings. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events July 12-18: ‘Mamma Mia,’ Comedy Get Down, Ginger Rogers Festival, Tony Rock," 10 July 2018 Toy Story Land is destined to make Walt Disney World visitors strike a pose. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Toy Story Land is selfie territory," 28 June 2018 Lower your chest down toward the floor for a push-up, then return to a high plank pose. Philly.com, "A cardio circuit for people who hate running," 26 June 2018 In a spontaneous moment at his office in 2010, Charlie Cinnamon stood beside his 1976 portrait by artist Martin Kreloff and recreated the original pose. Steve Rothaus, miamiherald, "At last, the story is now all about late 'legendary press agent' Charlie Cinnamon," 11 June 2018 The flatter, rectangular bolsters are more comfortable to lie on for restorative poses. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Yoga Kit," 6 June 2018 Scott Utterback, Louisville Courier Journal GEORGETOWN, Ky. — One gives children kisses and poses for photos. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown close calls Silver Charm and War Emblem now live together," 29 May 2018

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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.

: a kind of behavior that is intended to impress other people and that is not sincere


\ ˈpōz \
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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alleviating pain or harshness

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