v. posed, pos·ing, pos·es
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.
b. In yoga, an asana.
[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.]
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)]
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,
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.
v.t. posed, pos•ing.
to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.
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a hoard or secret store.
Examples: pose of English nobles (coins), 1549; of silver and treasure, 1816; of treasure, 1637.
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Past participle: posed
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