[ dih-pohz ]
/ dɪˈpoʊz /

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

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

verb (used without object), de·posed, de·pos·ing.

to give sworn testimony, especially in writing.


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Origin of depose

1250–1300; Middle English deposen < Old French deposer to put down, equivalent to de- de- + poser < Vulgar Latin *posāre, Late Latin pausāre; see pose1


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British Dictionary definitions for deposed

/ (dɪˈpəʊz) /


(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

Derived forms of depose

deposable, adjectivedeposer, noun

Word Origin for 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
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