verb (1)
\ 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 (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

Rising sea levels are perhaps the greatest long-term threat posed by climate change. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Oceans Have Absorbed an Unfathomable Amount of Energy Due to Climate Change," 11 Jan. 2019 Williams, a Google employee turned philosopher, is writing about the threat posed by the smartphones in our pockets, the screens glowing before our eyes. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 On Instagram, Tamron shared a fun throwback picture from 2013 of herself with Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee candidly posing together in red tracksuits. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tamron Hall Finally Speaks Out About Kathie Lee Gifford Leaving the ‘Today’ Show," 17 Dec. 2018 While this architecture remains a relic of turbulent times, it has been reborn with advertisements of Djokovic posing with his trophies. Alyson Krueger, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Novak Djokovic Is Helping Turn Belgrade, Serbia Into Your Next Destination," 25 July 2018 The two pop legends almost kissed while posing in a photo booth. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Almost Kissed Madonna at the Oscars Too," 25 Feb. 2019 Always one to get the last laugh, JoJo then snapped a photo of herself posing with cardboard cutout of Justin. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The "Feud" Between Justin Bieber and JoJo Siwa Has Continued," 12 Jan. 2019 Her stylist, Karla Welch, captured Ellis' look on her Instagram on Saturday with a shot of the actress posing in her #OOTD next to a doorway. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Tracee Ellis Ross Wore an All-White Sequined Suit With a Powerful Message," 6 Jan. 2019 Those questions, posed with such skill and rigor by Rubin’s story and Trumbull film, have only become more urgent. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The singer was radiant and did her classic squat pose in an orange Champion baseball jacket and sweatpants. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo, Gucci Mane, A$AP Rocky, SZA, and More," 16 Mar. 2019 Allen said the couple did a few different poses for a crowd of people before heading back to their reception. Jenna Pichot, ajc, "Wedding photographer uses downtown Dayton fire as backdrop for stunning photo," 2 July 2018 These men and women ranging in age from 17 to 57 are in all manner of poses. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Wall Of Angels Highlights Suicide's Reality," 19 June 2018 Martin Burke and Autumn Ward stood on Sunday in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan and struck poses for the dozens of spectators taking photographs of them. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Only in New York: Easter Parade With Moai Heads and a Kraken," 1 Apr. 2018 Gay was also scheduled to interact with the students after the game, as well as pose for photos with them. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Popovich promises to keep speaking out on Trump, social issues," 27 Mar. 2018 Addressing reporters before the one-on-one meeting, Putin struck a casual pose during Trump’s remarks, slouching in his chair with his legs wide and eyes low. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Seattle Times, "Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling," 16 July 2018 Boozy popsicles are another hit here; strike a pose with one in front of D.C.'s most scenic swimming pool. Adele Chapin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Washington, D.C.," 12 July 2018 The couple held a pose at the ship's railing for the press boys crowding the gangplank with their notebooks and Speed Graphic cameras. Paul Hendrickson, Town & Country, "The Muse of Kilimanjaro," 19 Dec. 2012

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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.
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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