[ in-ter-pohz ]
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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.

  1. to put in (a remark, question, etc.) in the midst of a conversation, discourse, or the like.

  2. 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.

  1. 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

Other words for interpose

Other words from interpose

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for interpose


/ (ˌɪntəˈpəʊz) /

  1. to put or place between or among other things

  2. to introduce (comments, questions, etc) into a speech or conversation; interject

  1. to exert or use power, influence, or action in order to alter or intervene in (a situation)

Origin of interpose

C16: from Old French interposer, from Latin interpōnere, from inter- + pōnere to put

Derived forms of interpose

  • interposable, adjective
  • interposal, noun
  • interposer, noun

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