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 (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


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

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 However, Chandler Hamilton and Phoenix Xavier Prep — last year’s No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, respectively — both pose a threat. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 23 Nov. 2021 Cincinnati's Kenwood Towne Centre on Montgomery Road has pushed its hours back in anticipation of some of the challenges Black Friday could pose. Wayne Baker, The Enquirer, 22 Nov. 2021 Such increases pose far more than an individual risk. Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 But electric military vehicles pose their own set of challenges. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 The chemicals pose their own health risks without a health benefit. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Such low-density targets pose a problem for planetary defense. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2021 Joints, including metal brackets that cause charring in depth, pose further challenges. Louis Gritzo, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Ghost guns pose a more elemental question: What makes a gun a gun? New York Times, 14 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Monday, Bumpus shared a sentimental photo that dates back to 1986 alongside a similar picture from this year featuring the CBS Mornings co-host, recreating their pose from decades earlier. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 22 Nov. 2021 On a recent foggy night in San Francisco’s Richmond District, a group of about a dozen people bent their knees and prepared their fists to assume a fighting pose. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Nov. 2021 Also: Sherrilyn Ifill takes a bow, Dennis Rodman strikes a pose, and, who actually killed Malcolm X? Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2021 In a short boomerang clip posted this week, Rebel strikes a pose in a long-sleeve red dress while having fun on a beach in Fiji. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 12 Nov. 2021 The pose is at once self-protective, her body shielded, and exquisitely self-contained. Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2021 The final scene has Nacho making an important choice, and then ends with the same pose as the photo he was infatuated with in the ranch house. Jd Linville, Variety, 2 Nov. 2021 Manufacturers might embed haptic feedback into textiles to correct your posture or improve your yoga pose. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Yet, especially in the early days of an eruption, as emotions seesaw between awe and lamentation, the danger that volcanoes pose can exert a stronger pull. Robin George Andrews, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021

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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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“Pose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pose. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 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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