- to remove from office or position, especially high office: The people deposed the dictator.
- to testify or affirm under oath, especially in a written statement: to depose that it was true.
- Law. to take the deposition of; examine under oath: Two lawyers deposed the witness.
- to give sworn testimony, especially in writing.
Origin of depose
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Examples from the Web for depose
They also sought and were denied the opportunity to depose the president.Bradley Manning: ‘I Will Recover From This ... This Is Just a Stage in My Life’
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In London, where I met him on several occasions over the last decade, he invariably boasted of his latest efforts to depose Putin.How Boris Berezovsky Made Vladimir Putin, and Putin Unmade Berezovsky
March 24, 2013
Douglas Vassy, the attorney for Battley who was supposed to depose Gingrich, says, “There was no deposition.”Gingrich Claims of Veracity in Divorces Don’t Hold Up
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He encouraged cross-border rebels seeking to depose the government of Chad.What Will Be the Next Middle East Shock?
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Mass movements can depose a leader; or, indeed, as with Barack Obama, elect one.Egypt's Leaderless Revolution
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They had grumbled at their chief and mutinied against him and helped to depose him.The Grand Old Man
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In the end they voted a resolution to depose the government, and to elect another.Hellenica
At Dalradern, where she ruled as mistress, an accident, a word might depose her.Luttrell Of Arran
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For years back Miss Barrington had been plotting to depose Darby.Barrington
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The first witness to depose alleged a number of most damaging facts.The Gods are Athirst
- (tr) to remove from an office or position, esp one of power or rank
- law to testify or give (evidence, etc) on oath, esp when taken down in writing; make a deposition
C13: from Old French deposer to put away, put down, from Late Latin dēpōnere to depose from office, from Latin: to put aside; see depone
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Word Origin and History for depose
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