pose

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

pose

noun

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

pose

verb (2)
posed; posing

Definition of pose (Entry 3 of 3)

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Noun

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

First off was the InStyle party, where Swift posed on the red carpet. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's Surprise Night Out at the 2019 Golden Globes: Everything We Know," 7 Jan. 2019 Being able to move, jump, run, stretch, and get into certain positions and poses is about more than just your athletic prowess or your mobility and flexibility. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "10 Things to Do Before and After a Workout to Get Better Results," 3 Jan. 2019 The whole Cambridge family is posed on a tree, and not only are Will and Kate wearing denim, but so is Prince George. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince George Stole the Show in the Royal Family Christmas Card This Year," 14 Dec. 2018 That kind of posing specificity is definitely #goals. Elizabeth Holmes, Marie Claire, "What Do I Do With My Hands In Photos? And Other Important Questions, Answered," 12 Dec. 2018 Vinegar contains zero calories, enhances flavor, and poses a low health risk, except for acid reflux-sufferers and diabetics. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, According to a Nutritionist," 21 Nov. 2018 Share your journey to or through retirement or pose a question at journey@janetkiddstewart.com. Janet Kidd Stewart, charlotteobserver, "The Journey: Retirement savings languish for women," 9 July 2018 In 2017, Zuckerberg spent a good portion of the year traveling around the country on a listening tour, posing for photos on tractors and in ice cream shops. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018 Although The Bachelor is not currently filming at the Agoura Hills home, that doesn't mean that the fires aren't posing a real danger there. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The 'Bachelor' Mansion Is Directly in the Path of the California Wildfires," 10 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And some people seriously resonated with her gavel pose. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Amazing Moments You Missed from the First Session of 116th Congress and Swearing-In Ceremony," 4 Jan. 2019 Napoleon’s stature here is magnified by the hieratic frontality of his pose and the fact that the image fills almost the entire canvas. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, "Portraiture as Propaganda," 17 Aug. 2018 Even when Hadid hopped back in the booth for a quick shoot with Jenner, The Weeknd stayed close by, not-so-surreptitiously filming their poses on his own IG Story. Andrea Park, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Went to Kylie Jenner's Birthday Together," 10 Aug. 2018 The dinosaur-size statue was planted in the park on Wednesday and will hold its very casual and natural-looking pose there until Thursday evening. Andrea Park, Condé Nast Traveler, "There's a 25-Foot Jeff Goldblum Statue Next to London's Tower Bridge," 18 July 2018 People of all ages struck their most photogenic poses in a full-length mirror beneath a canopy of cement casts of Air Jordan sneakers. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Woman Squinting Kalin Elisa, known as @solo_kalin on Twitter became a viral sensation after posting a fly photoshoot to her feed, which included a bts shot of her getting winded and in a crouching pose. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Tallulah shared what appeared to be a photobooth photo from the celebration featuring both of her parents striking funny poses. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Bruce Willis and Demi Moore reunite for daughter Rumer's 30th birthday," 18 Aug. 2018 Jessica Stam and Marigold Stam, 32, is a model who’s striking some goofy new poses for her daughter, Marigold, 10 months. Ronan Mckenzie, Allure, "18 Celebrity Mothers, Daughters, and Sons Talk About Beauty — And What It Means to Live a Good Life," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of pose

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

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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pose

noun

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

pose

verb
\ 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.

pose

noun

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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