\ ˈpōz How to pronounce pose (audio) \
posed; posing

Definition of pose

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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 (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



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
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

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 According to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council: HYDROPAC are navigational warnings that are issued regularly and contain information about persons in distress, or objects and events that pose an immediate hazard to navigation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Not Cool: Russian Warships Harassed American Fishermen Near Alaska," 16 Nov. 2020 There’s much more information on the Plant Safely website, including a list of over 70 common landscape plants that can pose a threat if not handled with care or planted in a safe location. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garden Mastery: Some beautiful plants should be handled with care," 14 Nov. 2020 These tools could form the basis of an early warning system to alert authorities to online narratives that pose a threat in the real world. Timothy R. Tangherlini, The Conversation, "An AI tool can distinguish between a conspiracy theory and a true conspiracy – it comes down to how easily the story falls apart," 13 Nov. 2020 Noting that fire is a natural condition in these damp, coastal forests — and that dead trees provide an important habitat for a variety of animals, such as banana slugs, and plants — those that pose a risk to visitors and workers have to be removed. Los Angeles Times, "Scarred by fire, California’s first state park remains closed. Can Big Basin recover?," 11 Nov. 2020 The species has longer stingers with more toxic venom that could pose a danger to people if the insects feel threatened. NBC News, "'Murder hornet' nest had potential to spawn almost 200 queens in Washington state," 10 Nov. 2020 Beijing is wary of high-profile companies in the private sector that could pose a challenge to government control and dominance. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Why Chinese regulators summoned Jack Ma just before his unicorn’s record-breaking IPO," 3 Nov. 2020 Diabetes, obesity, heart disease and chronic kidney disease are among the underlying causes that pose a risk. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "2,297 new COVID-19 cases sets daily record in Minnesota," 16 Oct. 2020 Trump has come under fire for holding rallies that pose a risk of the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and infected more than 7.2 million. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "White House adviser Hope Hicks tests positive for COVID after traveling with Trump," 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Good relations with Trump allowed Johnson to hold up the U.S. as the answer to this looming economic threat and helped to shape Johnson’s populist, Trump-lite pose. Jay Elwes, National Review, "From Trump to Biden: Boris Johnson’s New Look," 19 Nov. 2020 Willow Smith showed off a new yoga pose as part of her ever-evolving incredible journey. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Solange, Jhené Aiko, and More," 15 Nov. 2020 In another image, Hassinger sits in a kind of boat pose — feet lifted, knees pulled to her chest and hands supporting her body — as the nylon wraps around her chest, thighs and head. Lovia Gyarkye, New York Times, "An Artist’s Continuing Exploration of the Human Form," 9 Nov. 2020 Roll out your yoga mat and get into a pose to soothe tension. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Voted already? Here are 50 ways to get through the rest of the day," 3 Nov. 2020 There's no word on if Biles plans on working a Heisman pose into her next floor routine. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts RB Nyheim Hines' gymnastics skills catch eye of Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles," 2 Nov. 2020 Casablancas ends the performance crouched in a pose, contemplative. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: John Mulaney returns for Halloween episode with musical guest the Strokes," 1 Nov. 2020 The pictured objects varied greatly in pose, position and scale. Quanta Magazine, "Deep Neural Networks Help to Explain Living Brains," 28 Oct. 2020 Stahl also strikes the occasional pose for Modified Models, an alternative modeling agency out of Fort Worth. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio artist behind Metalhead Minis makes a big deal out of painting miniatures for tabletop games," 5 Nov. 2020

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

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Last Updated

23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pose. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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