verb (used with object), ap·posed, ap·pos·ing.

to place side by side, as two things; place next to; juxtapose.
to put or apply (one thing) to or near to another.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for appose

Historical Examples of appose

  • I 'appose it's one of the hard things big peoples has to learn.

    Little Miss Peggy

    Mrs. Molesworth

British Dictionary definitions for appose


verb (tr)

to place side by side or near to each other
(usually foll by to) to place (something) near or against another thing

Word Origin for appose

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

"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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