to place between; cause to intervene: to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
to put (a barrier, obstacle, etc.) between or in the way of.
to put in (a remark, question, etc.) in the midst of a conversation, discourse, or the like.
to bring (influence, action, etc.) to bear between parties, or on behalf of a party or person.
to come between other things; assume an intervening position or relation.
to step in between parties at variance; mediate.
to put in or make a remark by way of interruption.
- in·ter·pos·a·ble, adjective
- in·ter·pos·al, noun
- in·ter·pos·er, noun
- in·ter·pos·ing·ly, adverb
- un·in·ter·posed, adjective
- un·in·ter·pos·ing, adjective
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How to use interpose in a sentence
In a sweeping injunction issued on June 5, Judge Seybourn Lynne forbade Wallace from “physically interposing his person” to block the entrance of the students.How Robert F. Kennedy Shaped His Brother's Response to Civil Rights | Patricia Sullivan | August 11, 2021 | Time
Mr. Pontellier declined to interfere, to interpose either his influence or his authority.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The Canadian tried to interpose, but the Chief sternly imposed silence on him.The Border Rifles | Gustave Aimard
I felt it was time to interpose, and said that I did not see that it would help us very much to go into that matter in detail.A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
But when Meg proposed to take the girl immediately back to Gray Gables, he did not interpose the least objection.They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
There is a proverb which foretells peril to such as interpose in the quarrels of others.
British Dictionary definitions for interpose
to put or place between or among other things
to introduce (comments, questions, etc) into a speech or conversation; interject
to exert or use power, influence, or action in order to alter or intervene in (a situation)
- interposable, adjective
- interposal, noun
- interposer, noun
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