[ pohz ]
/ poʊz /
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verb (used without object), posed, pos·ing.
verb (used with object), posed, pos·ing.
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Origin of pose

First recorded in 1325–75; (verb) Middle English posen, from Middle French poser, from Late Latin pausāre “to stop, cease, rest,” derivative of Latin pausa “stop, cessation” (see origin at pause;) French poser has taken over the basic sense of Latin pōnere “to put, place” and represents it in French borrowings of its prefixed derivatives (see compose, depose, etc.), probably reinforced by the accidental resemblance of poser to positum, past participle of pōnere; (noun) derivative of the verb

synonym study for pose

7. See position.


pos·a·ble, adjectivepos·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for pose (2 of 3)

[ pohz ]
/ poʊz /

verb (used with object), posed, pos·ing.
to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.
Obsolete. to examine by putting questions.

Origin of pose

1520–30; aphetic variant of obsolete appose, variant of oppose, used in sense of Latin appōnere to put to

Other definitions for pose (3 of 3)

[ poh-zey; French paw-zey ]
/ poʊˈzeɪ; French pɔˈzeɪ /

noun, plural po·sés [poh-zeyz; French paw-zey]. /poʊˈzeɪz; French pɔˈzeɪ/. Ballet.
a movement in which the dancer steps, in any desired position, from one foot to the other with a straight knee onto the flat foot, demi-pointe, or pointe.

Origin of posé

1925–30; <French: poised, past participle of poser to pose; see pose1
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British Dictionary definitions for pose (1 of 2)

/ (pəʊz) /

to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
(intr often foll by as) to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
(intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
(tr) to put forward, ask, or assertto pose a question
a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer
a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect

Word Origin for pose

C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin pausāre to cease, put down (influenced by Latin pōnere to place)

British Dictionary definitions for pose (2 of 2)

/ (pəʊz) /

verb (tr)
rare to puzzle or baffle
archaic to question closely

Word Origin for pose

C16: from obsolete appose, from Latin appōnere to put to, set against; see oppose
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