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verb (used with object), in·ter·posed, in·ter·pos·ing.
  1. to place between; cause to intervene: to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
  2. to put (a barrier, obstacle, etc.) between or in the way of.
  3. to put in (a remark, question, etc.) in the midst of a conversation, discourse, or the like.
  4. to bring (influence, action, etc.) to bear between parties, or on behalf of a party or person.
verb (used without object), in·ter·posed, in·ter·pos·ing.
  1. to come between other things; assume an intervening position or relation.
  2. to step in between parties at variance; mediate.
  3. to put in or make a remark by way of interruption.

Origin of interpose

From the Middle French word interposer, dating back to 1590–1600. See inter-, pose1
Related formsin·ter·pos·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·pos·al, nounin·ter·pos·er, nounin·ter·pos·ing·ly, adverbun·in·ter·posed, adjectiveun·in·ter·pos·ing, adjective

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  1. to put or place between or among other things
  2. to introduce (comments, questions, etc) into a speech or conversation; interject
  3. to exert or use power, influence, or action in order to alter or intervene in (a situation)
Derived Formsinterposable, adjectiveinterposal, nouninterposer, noun

Word Origin for interpose

C16: from Old French interposer, from Latin interpōnere, from inter- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for interpose

1590s, from Middle French interposer (14c.), from inter- (see inter-) + poser (see pose (v.1)). Related: Interposed; interposing.

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