- To pose is defined as to get into a certain position or to pretend to be someone.
- An example of pose is when you stand in front of your fireplace to be photographed or painted.
- An example of pose is when you pretend to be a journalist to get backstage at a concert.
- To pose means to raise a question or to puzzle or perplex someone.
An example of pose is when you ask a question about the theory of gravity.
- To pose is to act as a threat or a potential problem.
An example of pose is rain when you want to go on a picnic.
- to put forth; assert (a claim, argument, etc.)
- to put forward or propose (a question, problem, etc.)
- to put (a model, photographic subject, etc.) in a certain position or attitude
Origin: Middle English posen from Old French poser, to put inch(es) position from Vulgar Latin pausare, to place, put from L, to stop (see pause): meaning and form altered by associated, association with Classical Latin positus, past participle of ponere, to place, put: see position
- to assume a certain position or attitude, as in modeling for an artist
- to strike attitudes for effect; attitudinize
- to pretend to be what one is not; set oneself up (as): to pose as an officer
- a bodily attitude, esp. one held for or pictured by an artist, photographer, etc.
- a way of behaving or speaking that is assumed for effect; pretense
Origin: Fr < the v.
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verb posed posed, pos·ing, pos·es verb, intransitive
- To assume or hold a particular position or posture, as in sitting for a portrait.
- To affect a particular mental attitude.
- To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is.
- To place (a model, for example) in a specific position.
- To set forth in words; propound: pose a question.
- To put forward; present: pose a threat. See Synonyms at propose.
- A bodily attitude or position, especially one assumed for an artist or a photographer. See Synonyms at posture.
- A studied attitude assumed for effect. See Synonyms at affectation.
Origin: Middle English posen, to place, from Old French poser, from Vulgar Latin *pausāre, from Late Latin pausāre, to rest, from Latin pausa, pause; see pause.
- posˈa·ble adjective
transitive verb posed posed, pos·ing, pos·es
Origin: Short for appose, to examine closely (from Middle English apposen, alteration of opposen; see oppose) and from French poser, to assume (obsolete) (from Old French; see pose1).