Pose meaning

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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.

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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.

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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.

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To set forth in words for consideration; propound.

Pose a question.

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To present or constitute.

A crisis that posed a threat to the country's stability.

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To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is.

Conmen posing as police officers.

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To place (a model, for example) in a specific position.
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To assume or hold a particular position or posture, as in sitting for a portrait.
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A studied or artificial manner or attitude, often assumed in an attempt to impress or deceive others.
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To puzzle, confuse, or baffle.
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To put forth; assert (a claim, argument, etc.)
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To put forward or propose (a question, problem, etc.)
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To put (a model, photographic subject, etc.) in a certain position or attitude.
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To assume a certain position or attitude, as in modeling for an artist.
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To strike attitudes for effect; attitudinize.
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To pretend to be what one is not; set oneself up (as)

To pose as an officer.

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A bodily attitude, esp. one held for or pictured by an artist, photographer, etc.
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A way of behaving or speaking that is assumed for effect; pretense.
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To puzzle or disconcert, as by an almost unanswerable question; baffle.
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To place in an attitude or fixed position, for the sake of effect.

To pose a model for a picture.

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Ask; set (a test, quiz, riddle, etc.).
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To constitute (a danger, a threat, a risk, etc.).
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(intransitive) Assume or maintain a pose; strike an attitude.
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Position, posture, arrangement (especially of the human body).

Please adopt a more graceful pose for my camera.

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(now rare) To perplex or confuse (someone).
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Origin of pose

  • Short for appose to examine closely (from Middle English apposen) (alteration of opposen oppose) and from French poser to assume (obsolete) (from Old French pose1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English posen to place from Old French poser from Vulgar Latin pausāre from Late Latin pausāre to rest from Latin pausa pause pause

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French and Middle French poser, from Vulgar Latin pausare, from Latin pausa (“pause”), from Ancient Greek παῦσις (pausis); influenced by Latin ponere.

    From Wiktionary

  • From a combination of aphetic forms of appose and oppose.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English ge-pos

    From Wiktionary