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.
to give sworn testimony, especially in writing.
- de·pos·a·ble, adjective
- de·pos·er, noun
- un·de·pos·a·ble, adjective
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How to use depose in a sentence
We put the Shiites in power by stripping the Sunnis of theirs and immediately were caught up in a civil war between the now deposed Sunnis fighting the American-blessed Shiites.
So one of the first things experts are looking at is whether the Taliban can commit to working with former enemies, including members of the deposed democratically elected government, and actually enforce the amnesty policy they claim to support.The 3 things experts are watching to evaluate the Taliban | Gabby Birenbaum | August 25, 2021 | Vox
He was deposed in 1990 by Idriss Déby, who then ruled the country for three decades before his death in April from battlefield wounds sustained amid a conflict with rebels.Hissène Habré, former leader of Chad convicted of crimes against humanity, dies at 79 | Emily Langer | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
“It appears to be a publicity stunt in service of a new conspiracy theory by Alex Jones filed for the abusive purpose of deposing a highly prominent person who has no relation to this case,” the plaintiffs wrote in one filing.Alex Jones’ Last Ditch Defense in Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Depose Hillary Clinton | Will Sommer | July 23, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Ever since Yanukovych was deposed, Ukraine’s new leadership has turned more decisively toward the West.Inside the FBI, Russia, and Ukraine’s failed cybercrime investigation | Patrick Howell O'Neill | July 8, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
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’ | Alexa O'Brien | August 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Owen Matthews | March 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Wayne Barrett, Kyle Roerink | December 30, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
He encouraged cross-border rebels seeking to depose the government of Chad.
Mass movements can depose a leader; or, indeed, as with Barack Obama, elect one.
In the lull of waiting, Aaron Logan wondered—wondered how one so small hoped to depose one so fierce and stubborn.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
We may now regard the claim of the Pope to depose princes as a harmless dream; but at that time it was a stern reality.Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
If they want to depose him, I only wish they would not set me up as a competitor.My Recollections of Lord Byron | Teresa Guiccioli
The first step they took was to depose their faint-hearted Viceroy and set up Liniers in his place.Argentina | W. A. Hirst
He could depose prelates and excommunicate the greatest personages; he enjoyed enormous revenues; he was vicegerent of the Pope.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V | John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for depose
(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
- deposable, adjective
- deposer, noun
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