[ dih-pohz ]
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verb (used with object),de·posed, de·pos·ing.
  1. to remove from office or position, especially high office: The people deposed the dictator.

  2. to testify or affirm under oath, especially in a written statement: to depose that it was true.

  1. Law. to take the deposition of; examine under oath: Two lawyers deposed the witness.

verb (used without object),de·posed, de·pos·ing.
  1. to give sworn testimony, especially in writing.

Origin of depose

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English deposen, from Old French deposer “to put down,” equivalent to de- de- + poser, from unattested Vulgar Latin posāre, Late Latin pausāre; see pose1

Other words from depose

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for depose


/ (dɪˈpəʊz) /

  1. (tr) to remove from an office or position, esp one of power or rank

  2. law to testify or give (evidence, etc) on oath, esp when taken down in writing; make a deposition

Origin of depose

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

Derived forms of depose

  • deposable, adjective
  • deposer, noun

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