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.
Investigators will depose the witness behind closed doors.
Origin of depose
- Middle English deposen from Old French deposer alteration (influenced by poser to put) of Latin dēpōnere to put down depone
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition