- Depose is defined as to forcefully and suddenly remove someone from office, or to testify or present evidence under oath in a legal proceeding.
- When you overthrow the government and the military dictator is tossed out of office, this is an example of when you depose the dictator.
- When you witness a crime and the defense attorney and prosecutor question you under oath to find out what you will say in court, this is an example of when the prosecutor and attorney depose you.
transitive verbdeposed, deposing
- to remove from office or a position of power, esp. from a throne; oust
- Archaic to lay down
- to state or testify under oath but out of court
- to take the deposition of (a witness)
Origin of deposeMiddle English deposen, to deprive of office, testify ; from Old French deposer, to set down ; from de- (L de), from, away + poser (see pose), to cease, lie down; confused in sense and form with Classical Latin deponere (pp. depositus), to lay down, lay aside (in Medieval Latin testify): see deposit
verbde·posed, de·pos·ing, de·pos·es
- a. To remove from office or power.b. To dethrone.
- Law To take a deposition from: Investigators will depose the witness behind closed doors.
verb, intransitive Law
Origin of deposeMiddle English deposen, from Old French deposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put) of Latin dēpōnere, to put down; see depone.
(third-person singular simple present deposes, present participle deposing, simple past and past participle deposed)
- (literally) To put down; to lay down; to deposit; to lay aside; to put away.
- To remove (a leader) from (high) office, without killing the incumbent.
- A deposed monarch may go into exile as pretender to the lost throne, hoping to be restored in a subsequent revolution.
- (law, intransitive) To give evidence or testimony, especially in response to interrogation during a deposition
- (law) To interrogate and elicit testimony from during a deposition; typically done by a lawyer.
- After we deposed the claimant we had enough evidence to avoid a trial.
- (intransitive) To take or swear an oath.
- To testify; to bear witness; to claim; to assert; to affirm.
depose - Legal Definition