- 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.
Origin of interpose
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Related Wordsarbitrate, insert, sandwich, intercede, interject, intervene, negotiate, introduce, interfere, mediate, interpolate, moderate
Examples from the Web for interpose
Interpose not, Mr. Solmes, said I, to save me from my brother's violence.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Maggy looked round of a sudden, and stared for at least a minute; but did not interpose.Little Dorrit
The finer feminine instinct of Abigail led her to interpose.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Her they believe to interpose in the affairs of men, and to visit countries.Tacitus on Germany
Fine would then interpose, with a thoughtlessness of which she soon repented.The Fortune of the Rougons
- 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)
C16: from Old French interposer, from Latin interpōnere, from inter- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for interpose
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