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poised

adjective

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poised

verb
past tense of poise

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1 to prepare (oneself) mentally or emotionally
  • the disgraced business executive poised herself for the difficult press conference

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2 to rest or move along the surface of a liquid or in the air
  • the falcon poised in the air for an instant before diving to attack its prey

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The first known use of poised was in 1626

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“Poised.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/poised. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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