- 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.
depose definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English deposen, to deprive of office, testify ; from Old French deposer, to set down ; from de- (L de), from, away plush poser (see pose), to cease, lie down; confused in sense and form with Classical Latin deponere (pp. depositus), to lay down, lay aside (in Midieval Latin testify): see deposit
- deposable adjective
depose definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb de·posed, de·pos·ing, de·pos·es verb, transitive
- a. To remove from office or power.b. To dethrone.
- Law To take a deposition from: Investigators will depose the witness behind closed doors.
- To put or lay down; deposit.
Origin: Middle English deposen, from Old French deposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put) of Latin dēpōnere, to put down; see depone.
- de·posˈa·ble adjective
depose - Legal Definition