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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Klum and Kaulitz's multi-day wedding in Italy included a visit to Restaurant da Paolino Capri, where the Project Runway host posed with her husband and his twin brother, fellow musician Bill Kaulitz. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Heidi Klum Wears a Lavish Off-the-Shoulder Dress to Wed Tom Kaulitz for a Second Time," 4 Aug. 2019 Those seals were from the same team as Eddie Gallagher, who was found not guilty of murder in the stabbing death of an ISIS fighter, but convicted of unlawfully posing with an enemy corpse. Jan Crawford, CBS News, "Navy SEAL admiral says "order and discipline problem" needs to be addressed," 1 Aug. 2019 He was convicted of one charge for posing with the fighter’s corpse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy’s top admiral steps in, assumes authority in Navy SEAL war crimes cases," 1 Aug. 2019 He was convicted of a single count of posing with a human casualty and given the maximum sentence of four months’ confinement for the offense. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump orders Navy SEAL prosecutors to be stripped of achievement medals," 31 July 2019 Three students were suspended last week from the Kappa Alpha fraternity after the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica published a photo of them posing with guns by a sign memorializing Emmett Till. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "University of Mississippi knew students posed with guns by the Emmett Till memorial. Officials say they mishandled the investigation," 30 July 2019 And in a similar incident, five educators at Summerwind Elementary School in Palmdale, California, were suspended in May after a photo showed four teachers posing with a rope fashioned into a noose. NBC News, "Two TSA agents suspended after noose found in baggage area of Miami airport," 30 July 2019 Despite her involvement, however, Meghan has not followed in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana by posing for the Vogue cover. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Will Interview Michelle Obama as the Guest Editor of British Vogue," 28 July 2019 The Neutrogena masks were hugely popular on social media, with celebrities like Lena Dunham posing with them on Instagram. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Neutrogena Is Recalling Its Light Therapy Acne Mask," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The woman spent about 20 minutes performing a series of poses right at the edge of the chalk cliff, 200 feet above jagged rocks. Ben Cusack, Fox News, "Woman seen doing yoga on edge of crumbling cliff," 25 June 2018 After getting a tip that Del Castillo was practicing without a license, the health department opened an investigation and had an investigator pose as a potential customer over email. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Unlicensed “health coach” claims health advice is free speech—court disagrees," 20 July 2019 Your goal celebration, a pose with outstretched arms, is now iconic. Time, "Megan Rapinoe on Equal Pay, World Cup Celebrations and Trump," 10 July 2019 The actor shared on the red carpet that some of the toy’s physicality and hilarious tendency to strike poses on his motorcycle was inspired by his own ideas and enthusiasm while meeting with the team at Pixar. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Keanu Reeves had no idea he was the internet's latest boyfriend," 12 June 2019 Whether walking Parisian runways, owning ad campaigns, or striking irreverent poses alongside party guests, MacDowell—with her sunny, stylish demeanor and hair like that—is as stunning as ever. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "At 61, Andie MacDowell's Signature Curls Are More Timeless Than Ever," 24 May 2019 Jenner took the challenge to new heights and performed a pirouette pose on a moving jet ski, gracefully unscrewing the cap with the top of her foot. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has an Extreme Fashion Take on the Latest Social Media Challenge," 9 July 2019 Alex Sandro, on the other hand, opts for a more serious pose. SI.com, "Copa América 2019: Seleção Celebrate Tournament Triumph on Social Media," 8 July 2019 At her studio, students practice dance, yoga and aerial yoga, which is practiced using bands that hang from the ceiling to perform different yoga poses. Ashlyn Rollins, The Mercury News, "‘When will this end?’ Months after Camp Fire, living in Paradise still feels like ‘everybody’s in crisis’," 7 July 2019

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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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