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pose 1


v. posed, pos·ing, pos·es

1. To set forth in words for consideration; propound: pose a question. See Synonyms at propose.

2. To present or constitute: a crisis that posed a threat to the country’s stability.

3. To place (a model, for example) in a specific position.


1. To assume or hold a particular position or posture, as in sitting for a portrait.

2. To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is: conmen posing as police officers.



a. A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer. See Synonyms at posture.

b. In yoga, an asana.

2. A studied or artificial manner or attitude, often assumed in an attempt to impress or deceive others. See Synonyms at affectation.

[Middle English posen, to place, from Old French poser, from Vulgar Latin *pausāre, from Late Latin pausāre, to rest, from Latin pausa, pause; see pause.]

pos′a·ble adj.

pose 2


tr.v. posed, pos·ing, pos·es Archaic

To puzzle, confuse, or baffle.

[Short for appose, to examine closely (from Middle English apposen, alteration of opposen; see oppose) and from French poser, to assume (obsolete) (from Old French; see pose1).]

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1. to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting

2. (often foll by: as) to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)

3. (intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others

4. (tr) to put forward, ask, or assert: to pose a question.


5. (Art Terms) a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer

6. a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect

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



vb (tr)

1. rare to puzzle or baffle

2. archaic to question closely

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

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v. posed, pos•ing,
n. v.i.

1. to assume or hold a physical position or attitude, as for an artistic purpose: to pose for a painter.

2. to pretend to be what one is not, esp. in order to impress or deceive; assume a false character: to pose as a police officer.

3. to behave in an affected manner.


4. to place in a suitable position or attitude for a picture, tableau, etc: to pose a group for a photograph.

5. to assert, state, or put forward; present: That poses a problem.

6. to put or place.


7. a bodily attitude or posture, esp. one assumed deliberately, as for an artistic purpose.

8. a mental attitude or posture, esp. one that is studied or assumed for effect; affectation: His liberalism is merely a pose.

9. the act or period of posing, as for a picture.

[1325–75; Middle English poser pausāre to stop, cease, rest, derivative of Latin pausa pause]



v.t. posed, pos•ing.

to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.

[1520–30; aph. variant of obsolete appose, variant of oppose, used in sense of Latin appōnere to put to]

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 a hoard or secret store.

Examples: pose of English nobles (coins), 1549; of silver and treasure, 1816; of treasure, 1637.

Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Past participle: posed
Gerund: posing

I pose
you pose
he/she/it poses
we pose
you pose
they pose
I posed
you posed
he/she/it posed
we posed
you posed
they posed
Present Continuous
I am posing
you are posing
he/she/it is posing
we are posing
you are posing
they are posing
Present Perfect
I have posed
you have posed
he/she/it has posed
we have posed
you have posed
they have posed
Past Continuous
I was posing
you were posing
he/she/it was posing
we were posing
you were posing
they were posing
Past Perfect
I had posed
you had posed
he/she/it had posed
we had posed
you had posed
they had posed
I will pose
you will pose
he/she/it will pose
we will pose
you will pose
they will pose
Future Perfect
I will have posed
you will have posed
he/she/it will have posed
we will have posed
you will have posed
they will have posed
Future Continuous
I will be posing
you will be posing
he/she/it will be posing
we will be posing
you will be posing
they will be posing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been posing
you have been posing
he/she/it has been posing
we have been posing
you have been posing
they have been posing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been posing
you will have been posing
he/she/it will have been posing
we will have been posing
you will have been posing
they will have been posing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been posing
you had been posing
he/she/it had been posing
we had been posing
you had been posing
they had been posing
I would pose
you would pose
he/she/it would pose
we would pose
you would pose
they would pose
Past Conditional
I would have posed
you would have posed
he/she/it would have posed
we would have posed
you would have posed
they would have posed

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