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)

Choose the Right Synonym for pose


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Inside, fans wandered the concourses paying homage to various Vin Scully photos and memorabilia, including lining up two dozen deep to pose for a photo in front of the sign marking the Vin Scully Press Box. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 In the pictures, the two kids are enjoying the pool but neither of them looks at the camera with a smile or wants to pose for a happy sibling shot. Giovana Gelhoren, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 That same summer, Murray popped up in New Bedford, Mass., to dine at Cafe Mimo and pose for pics. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2022 Only one got to pose for photos and family memories that will last a lifetime. New York Times, 24 July 2022 During his opening night on Tuesday, July 19, his Stranger Things castmates Maya Hawke and Sadie Sink attended the premiere and met up with Matarazzo to pose for photos on the stage following his performance. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 21 July 2022 While Kardashian tries to pose for the camera with sons Saint, 6, and Psalm, 3, as well as daughter Chicago, 4, her kids decide to climb on top of their mom and giggle instead. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 20 July 2022 Cooke, McNeil, trustee Rick Cassar and college vice presidents were first to pose for pictures with shovels. Lola Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2022 On the south end, bikers stopped to pose for photos at a finish line booth. oregonlive, 17 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Next to this portrait is another photo of an older man striking precisely the same pose. Rachel Fadem, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 After including a snap of her staring down the water, Kim ended her carousel with a classic Kim K. pose. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Anyone who's taken a yoga class is probably familiar with this type of talk; instructors will often acknowledge that your pigeon pose at the end of class could bring up uncomfortable emotions. Emily Rekstis, Allure, 31 July 2022 Charlie Chaplin looked to deaf friends like the actor and artist Granville Redmond for cues on how to express himself through gesture, pose and facial expressions. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, 29 July 2022 None of the four state champion coaches inherited Frank’s signature sideline pose, but her coaching style shines through. Jayna Bardahl, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 Sporting fresh baby dreads, a striped blue suit purchased on Amazon and a Gator orange clip-on bow tie, the hulking 6-foot-4, 237-pounder sat on a stool, striking every pose photographer David Myers could concoct. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 20 July 2022 The student will probably lie and say that the boy-in-mind had finally broken his statue pose, maybe shown some emotion like fear, the better to gratify Shara. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 The Sims has a slapstick sense of humor fit for gawky teen years; a Sim can get dumped in the hallway, strike a T-pose for a viral challenge, and then slink away for class in the span of a minute. Wired, 16 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for pose


\ 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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