An example of interpose is to start a new topic of conversation.
- to place or put between; insert
- to introduce by way of intervention; put forward as interference
- to introduce (a remark, opinion, etc.) into a conversation, debate, etc.; put in as an interruption
Origin of interposeFrench interposer, altered (infl. by poser: see pose) ; from Classical Latin interpositus, past participle of interponere, to set between ; from inter-, between + ponere, to put, place: see position
- to be or come between
- to intervene or mediate
- to interrupt
verbin·ter·posed, in·ter·pos·ing, in·ter·pos·es
- a. To insert or introduce between parts: The ice interposes a barrier between the harbor and the islands.b. To place (oneself) between others or things.
- To introduce or interject (a comment, for example) during discourse or a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce.
- To exert (influence or authority) in order to interfere or intervene: interpose one's veto.
- To come between things; assume an intervening position.
- To come between the parties in a dispute; intervene.
- To insert a remark, question, or argument.
Origin of interposeFrench, from Old French interposer, to intervene, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin interpōnere, to put between : inter-, inter- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present interposes, present participle interposing, simple past and past participle interposed)
- To insert something (oneself) between other things.
- to interpose a screen between the eye and the light
- To interrupt a conversation by introducing a different subject or making a comment.
- (intransitive) To be inserted between parts or things; to come between.
- (intransitive) To intervene in a dispute, or in a conversation.