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verb (used with object), ap·posed, ap·pos·ing.
  1. to place side by side, as two things; place next to; juxtapose.
  2. to put or apply (one thing) to or near to another.
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Origin of appose

1585–95; by analogy with compose, propose, etc. < Latin appōnere to place near, set alongside, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pōnere to place
Related formsap·pos·a·bil·i·ty, nounap·pos·a·ble, adjectiveap·pos·er, nounnon·ap·pos·a·ble, adjectiveun·ap·pos·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apposable


  1. capable of being apposed or brought into apposition
  2. anatomy another word for opposable (def. 2)
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verb (tr)
  1. to place side by side or near to each other
  2. (usually foll by to) to place (something) near or against another thing
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French apposer, from poser to put, from Latin pōnere
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Word Origin and History for apposable



"to apply" (one thing to another), 1590s, either from French apposer (from a "to;" see ad-, + poser "to place;" see pose (v.1)), or else formed in English from Latin apponere (see apposite) on analogy of compose, expose, etc. In Middle English, an identical word was a variant spelling of oppose. Related: Apposed; apposing.

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