\ 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
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 Graham appeared to have a great time, posing for pictures with guests, including her baby's two grandmothers. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ashley Graham's Unconventional Baby Shower Looked Like So Much Fun," 9 Nov. 2019 Death Stranding stars Norman Reedus and Lindsay Wagner posed for pictures. Time, "What Hideo Kojima Wants You to Learn From Death Stranding," 8 Nov. 2019 Wood, 72, posed for photos while holding one of his twin daughters (Gracie Jane and Alice Rose, 3), as wife Sally held the other little girl and the proud parents smiled for the camera. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Ready for Christmas! Ronnie Wood Takes His Twin Daughters, 3, to Lights Display with Wife Sally," 7 Nov. 2019 An Orange County Sheriff’s Office affidavit said that Brian Sherman and his wife posed for pictures with the woman on Saturday afternoon. BostonGlobe.com, "Co-workers told investigators the victim wasn’t able to move before Sherman groped her. She was crying when Sherman left the room.," 7 Nov. 2019 At Preston’s party on Tuesday night, the candidate walked in around 8 p.m. to cheers as supporters hugged him and posed for smiling pictures. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Dean Preston holds slim lead over SF Supe Vallie Brown in D5 race," 5 Nov. 2019 Heritage has reeled off seven straight victories and is posed for a deep playoff run. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "St. Thomas leads, McArthur re-enters final Broward County football rankings," 5 Nov. 2019 At about 11:20, just before the funeral started, former President Bill Clinton came into the church, posing for a picture with Conyers' widow, Monica Conyers, as well as Jesse Jackson and author Michael Eric Dyson. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Watch live: Funeral for former U.S. Rep. John Conyers," 4 Nov. 2019 In a super cute video shared by The Royal Family Channel's Twitter account, Harry can be seen posing for photos with a group of schoolchildren. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Reminds Fans He's Married After "Handsome" Compliment," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These do not emerge as parody, though there are moments of visual overstatement as in the lingering, overhead shot of the exhausted Newman in a crucifixion pose. John Mahoney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cool Hand Luke': THR's 1967 Review," 31 Oct. 2019 Pumpkin hangs out in a precarious pose along a headboard. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Pumpkin, the most popular raccoon on Instagram, has died," 30 Oct. 2019 In another large framed black and white photo, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Junior strike youthful jaunty poses. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Tony’s, a ‘classic neighborhood dive bar’ downtown with cheap beer and TVs tuned to Spurs games, to close," 23 Oct. 2019 When Emperor Naruhito’s brother, Fumihito, got married, in 1990, a photographer was banned from the palace for taking a picture of his bride brushing hair out of his eyes, rather than in a formal pose. The Economist, "Japan’s emperor is a prisoner in his own palaces," 17 Oct. 2019 The New York artist takes tropes of femininity and picks them apart on canvas, reimagining the sensual poses of advertising and imagining the physical embodiments of virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Stark domestic scenes by German painter Lenz Geerk," 13 Sep. 2019 On the other, the pose, though serpentine and languid, was physically painful to hold. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Time for a Riot: Camp Fashion at the Met, and a Real Riot at the Stonewall," 31 Aug. 2019 Fully relax into the pose for a couple of minutes, then slowly bring your awareness back to your body. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 If there’s a statue or two, challenge your kids to mimic the pose or respond to it with their own gestures. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Tips for taking creative summer photos," 18 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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The first known use of pose was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posing. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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