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[in-ter-pohz] /ˌɪn tərˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), interposed, interposing.
to place between; cause to intervene:
to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
to put (a barrier, obstacle, etc.) between or in the way of.
to put in (a remark, question, etc.) in the midst of a conversation, discourse, or the like.
to bring (influence, action, etc.) to bear between parties, or on behalf of a party or person.
verb (used without object), interposed, interposing.
to come between other things; assume an intervening position or relation.
to step in between parties at variance; mediate.
to put in or make a remark by way of interruption.
Origin of interpose
From the Middle French word interposer, dating back to 1590-1600. See inter-, pose1
Related forms
interposable, adjective
interposal, noun
interposer, noun
interposingly, adverb
uninterposed, adjective
uninterposing, adjective
1. introduce, insert, insinuate, inject. 3, 7. interject. 6. intervene, intercede. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for interpose
Historical Examples
  • interpose not, Mr. Solmes, said I, to save me from my brother's violence.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Maggy looked round of a sudden, and stared for at least a minute; but did not interpose.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The finer feminine instinct of Abigail led her to interpose.

  • Her they believe to interpose in the affairs of men, and to visit countries.

  • Fine would then interpose, with a thoughtlessness of which she soon repented.

  • The Abb Radiguet was forced to interpose again for there were slaps in the air.

  • And here I will interpose a question: What are the true forms of government?

    Statesman Plato
  • The King's not yet informed, but will not dare To interpose.

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • These sort of pedantries were a passion with him, and I did not interpose a word as he spoke.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Whenever I attempted to interpose a word in my defence, I was overborne at once.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for interpose


to put or place between or among other things
to introduce (comments, questions, etc) into a speech or conversation; interject
to exert or use power, influence, or action in order to alter or intervene in (a situation)
Derived Forms
interposable, adjective
interposal, noun
interposer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French interposer, from Latin interpōnere, from inter- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for interpose

1590s, from Middle French interposer (14c.), from inter- (see inter-) + poser (see pose (v.1)). Related: Interposed; interposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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