\ 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
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 The disease continues to pose an increasingly dire threat: In Worcester, which is facing soaring coronavirus infections, officials Thursday decided to postpone a return to in-person classes for students. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. gears up to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for first responders," 9 Jan. 2021 The variant is believed to be more contagious than the conventional variety of the virus predominantly circulating in California, but for people infected with it, it is not thought to pose a greater risk for severe illness or death. Los Angeles Times, "New, potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus spreads in California," 5 Jan. 2021 The Montreal Protocol, which has been instrumental in repairing our ozone layer, was signed in 1987, 14 years after CFCs were posited to pose a danger—speedy by U.N. standards. Dave Ford, Scientific American, "We Need a Paris Agreement for Plastics," 30 Dec. 2020 State government office buildings remained closed Monday due to safety hazards that the outages continued to pose, said Lola Potter, spokesperson for the Department of Finance and Administration. Natalie Allison, USA TODAY, "Nashville bombing froze wireless communications, exposed 'Achilles heel' in regional network," 29 Dec. 2020 The virus continues to pose a serious threat to the state's hospital capacity and people's health, and nearly every state is under a state of emergency, Walz's spokesman Teddy Tschann said. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, "Concerted push to end Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers faces steep odds at Capitol," 29 Dec. 2020 Covid-19 continues to pose an elevated risk to elderly people. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "State sees smaller new-case increase," 28 Dec. 2020 In June a peaceful protest near the White House was broken up in order to allow President Trump to pose outside a church holding a Bible. CBS News, "The year in review: Top news stories of 2020 month-by-month," 27 Dec. 2020 To defund the police is to begin to pose that larger question: What must be done to keep our people alive? Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "End the Cops’ Cannibalization of Our Budgets," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Think Lafayette Square and the vast show of force that sent peaceful protesters reeling and bloodied so that President Trump could strike his preposterous pose with the Bible. BostonGlobe.com, "A sorry spectacle we all knew was coming," 6 Jan. 2021 For each yoga pose, breathe in and out through your nose. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Reduce fatigue with this easy yoga routine," 29 Dec. 2020 At the same time, the exhibit seeks to explore what happens if the pose lacks gender. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In San Ysidro, an innovative art exhibit goes outdoors," 26 Dec. 2020 The bottles are adorned with the number and a logo of Messi from behind in a classic celebration pose. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Budweiser celebrates Lionel Messi's 644th Barcelona goal by sending customized bottle to keepers he scored on," 24 Dec. 2020 But the effective leader of the government, Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is the head of the Law and Justice party, has struck an increasingly defiant and often confrontational pose. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Women Converge on Warsaw, Heightening Poland’s Largest Protests in Decades," 30 Oct. 2020 Earlier that year, Victoria shared a photo of daughter Harper, 9, striking her best Posh Spice pose near a retro photo of mom. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "David Beckham Sings Along to Spice Girls Hit as Victoria Jokes He 'Always' Wanted to Be in the Group," 14 Aug. 2020 After her late goal, Rapinoe struck her victory pose, made famous last summer when the United States won the World Cup. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Lindsey Horan scores as U.S. beats Canada in Olympic women’s soccer qualifying final," 9 Feb. 2020 Hurts was now a Sooner with visions of being the third straight to strike a pose in Norman. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Rail thin and not game ready, why a young Mac Jones picked Alabama over UK," 19 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

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pose. Accessed 18 Jan. 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.
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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