Main definitions of pose in English

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verb

  • 1[with object] Present or constitute (a problem or danger):

    ‘the sheer number of visitors is posing a threat to the area’
    • ‘In the 1970s lead also posed a serious problem, making up some 40 per cent of the total costs.’
    • ‘To justify the death penalty, the Texas sentencing jury has to find that the defendant will always pose a risk of danger to others.’
    • ‘However, by her own admission, she too was aware of the potential danger posed by their presence.’
    • ‘Sometimes, his remarkable hospitality poses problems for his visitors.’
    • ‘Concerns about the nuisance and danger posed by fireworks could lead to new laws laying down major restrictions on their sale and use.’
    • ‘In court you will also have to demonstrate that the tree poses a risk or danger to you.’
    • ‘The language skirts the problem posed by the U.S. constitutional prohibition on U.S. forces being under the command of a foreign commander.’
    • ‘However, despite the grave and imminent danger posed by this threat, the national threat-levels are not going to be raised.’
    • ‘They advise against the sales of items that could be faulty and pose a danger risk like the brakes failing on a pushchair.’
    • ‘Among the major considerations to be taken into account would be the rate base of the town and at present that could pose problems.’
    • ‘Given that he has not been charged and that there has been no evidence presented that he poses any danger to the community, I would expect him to win it.’
    • ‘Aside from the low number of patients in each study, the heterogeneity of these populations of patients poses a problem for interpreting the data.’
    • ‘A careful consideration of all the relevant objective evidence indicates to us that the present conditions pose no risk on removal to persons like the appellant.’
    • ‘Since then, it seems the Government has become wiser to the problem posed by the presence of too many ‘culturally incompatible’ foreigners.’
    • ‘Even if Swann and White still can rush the passer, their presence poses some problems.’
    • ‘Although reports indicated he posed a risk at present there was some hope for the future because he was studying and working hard in custody, and had a supportive family.’
    • ‘This bulging population poses a big problem for the city.’
    • ‘But the disclosures posed presentational problems for the Prime Minister as he made the case for university top-up fees.’
    • ‘The ageing population will pose an increasing problem.’
    • ‘A leader in the magazine even suggests that Camilla's Roman Catholicism will pose no constitutional difficulty.’
    constitute, present, create, cause, produce, give rise to, lead to, result in
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    1. 1.1 Raise (a question or matter for consideration):
      ‘the statement posed more questions than it answered’
      • ‘By indirectly posing this question in the film, Rouch compels us to wonder about ‘magical’ possibilities.’
      • ‘An Asian film festival approached from any angle is bound to pose questions of a social and political nature, and raise problematic issues surrounding ethnic identity.’
      • ‘‘You're really enjoying that, aren't you,’ said Graham, making a statement rather than posing a question.’
      • ‘In other words, research is done in order to answer questions posed by theoretical considerations.’
      • ‘You have posed a counterfactual question, an imaginary question.’
      • ‘Better put, the questions being posed by the advance of biotechnology are human questions for all of us.’
      • ‘This is a book that poses important questions and raises crucial concerns about our understanding of this period.’
      • ‘He was not afraid to raise the most controversial questions posed by medical ethics nor to probe the current boundaries of medical practice.’
      • ‘But just as soon as the question is posed, it is mooted by Amis's perspectives on the cosmic and the mundane.’
      • ‘And his statement poses vital questions: What does it mean to be a young American citizen in this age?’
      • ‘These issues are likely to include both the immediate ethical dilemmas of medical practice and wider policy issues, such as the ethical questions posed by advances in genetics.’
      • ‘Once I had posed the question Rose was willing to talk about looking for a place in York Place or Priory Gardens.’
      • ‘As well as raising the possibility of an early leadership challenge, it poses serious questions about the ability of the government ever to guarantee a secure retirement for millions of workers.’
      • ‘We the electorate now have a chance to pose questions and raise the political debate on this issue in the run up to the forthcoming election.’
      • ‘Catching my breath, I turned to my true love and finally posed the question that anyone else would have raised many hours earlier.’
      • ‘He said: ‘The fire authority must now pose some serious questions about how the whole matter was handled.’’
      • ‘Six questions are now posed for our consideration.’
      • ‘Second, their willingness to pose such questions suggests that there is considerable interest among their constituents on this issue.’
      • ‘Note that the speaker is posing a question - it is not a statement of doubt, but a query.’
      • ‘The moderator can then select the questions to be asked and call on the individuals who submitted them to actually pose the questions to the candidates.’
      put forward, raise, ask, put, set, submit, advance, propose, propound, posit, broach, suggest, postulate, moot
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  • 2[no object] Assume a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn:

    ‘the prime minister posed for photographers’
    • ‘His elegant, dramatically lit photographs of models posed in ultra-chic designer frocks were his signature style.’
    • ‘But although his eyes were open the rest of him was still stretched out on the bed, in the same pose she assumed he'd maintained all night.’
    • ‘These men were happy to pose for a photographer and to be identified as soldiers of fortune.’
    • ‘He painted hundreds - if not thousands - of them in the course of his career, portraits of men and women painted from models posing for still life classes at the Royal Academy.’
    • ‘Plus, artists will pose with attendees for photos that can later be framed and displayed in their galleries.’
    • ‘She loses her self-respect and confidence and simply assumes the role of Marty's mannequin, posed, positioned, and paid to sing when told.’
    • ‘Isabella tilted her head again, in the same pose she had assumed when he first saw her.’
    • ‘I liked the idea that these women had already posed and photographed their horses for a readership of women.’
    • ‘In these pictures you discover, if you have not already guessed while watching, that frequently the performers have posed on the floor and been photographed from above.’
    • ‘These people make eye contact with us or look away, often assuming poses and facial expressions found in earlier traditions of portraiture.’
    • ‘She also posed for a 1955 painting in which he depicted her wearing the native dress commonly associated with Kahlo.’
    • ‘Many of the collection's photographs show attractive young art students posing nude individually or in pairs, even in small groups.’
    • ‘She does not discuss Noguchi's work in depth, nor does she illustrate it except in a few photographs of Noguchi posing beside his sculptures.’
    • ‘In their advocacy of life drawing, this and his other etchings of nudes posing in the studio might be seen as an argument against model books.’
    • ‘Keller's son and daughter also pose for reference photographs and end up in many of his paintings.’
    • ‘The assumption here, that Rembrandt simply posed for himself, can produce conflicting results.’
    • ‘She has already posed for artistic nude photographs in two Australian magazines and describes herself as a model and athlete.’
    • ‘She ends up as a patroness of the arts because she enjoys posing for a nude statue (and seducing the sculptor).’
    • ‘She photographed various models posed in identical positions and then spliced their various body parts together using computer technology.’
    • ‘Sajovic begins with photographs of live models, posed on the floor to appear weightless.’
    be a model, model, sit, take up a position, assume an attitude, strike a pose
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    1. 2.1[with object] Place (someone) in a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn:
      ‘he posed her on the sofa’
      • ‘They pose their children in front of the buildings for snapshots, just as Seattleites do at the Space Needle and Experience Music Project.’
      • ‘‘You just feel silly when you go to an interview and they pose you,’ he says.’
      • ‘And you could pose them in compromising positions.’
      • ‘She didn't change her facial expression in a single one; only in the later pictures did she relax a little and allow the photographers to pose her at all differently to that classic, straight on bust.’
      • ‘An old school chum I haven't seen in 20 years posed her family of four in bathing suits on beach chairs on a snowy day in Syracuse.’
      • ‘But folks, who made the decision to pose Jim Collins on a mountain ledge with a dark and stormy night brewing behind him?’
      • ‘Best of all, Hannah is constructed and weighted so you can pose her almost any way you can think of!’
      • ‘He occasionally posed human figures as markers of scale.’
      • ‘Each model is set up with an invisible skeleton that allows him to pose each figure in its 3D environment.’
      • ‘Once you've posed your character a snapshot is taken.’
      • ‘The photographer had posed the dancers in views and collages that disclosed what he considered the repressed subtexts of the ballets.’
      • ‘He simply posed the friends around his 17th century home in Threshfield.’
      • ‘From schoolkids to students and housewives, we are all posed hand to ear, chatting into our own personal communicator.’
      • ‘Beth spent the rest of the period taking Edie's picture, posing her, and starting the painting with a sketch.’
      • ‘Blair was shaking his head, his face in one of the most disagreeing poses Jim had seen yet.’
      • ‘Instead of inquiring of us which would be our favourite poses, they just came straight up and posed us like we were puppets.’
      • ‘Mikhailov, a Ukrainian who now resides in Berlin, posed homeless people in his native city, Kharkiv, for studied, intimate photographs.’
      • ‘He posed her against the blank wall of the living room, taking three pictures.’
      • ‘Anyway, Eisenberg was great and his work is avidly studied by animation artists, especially his knack for posing characters so they have weight and movement.’
      • ‘This picture is a fresco in the cloister of the Annunziata at Florence, and it is called ‘of the sack’ because Joseph is posed leaning against a sack, a book open upon his knees.’
      position, place, put, arrange, lay out, set out, dispose, locate, situate
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  • 3pose as[no object] Pretend to be (someone or something):

    ‘an armed gang posed as policemen to ambush a postman’
    figurative ‘a literary novel posing as a spy thriller’
    • ‘Undercover cops set up a stall and posed as market traders to catch a gang of mobile phone thieves.’
    • ‘Abignail stole millions of dollars through forgery and by posing as people he was not.’
    • ‘Detectives were tipped off and sent in two undercover officers posing as Church officials.’
    • ‘Two men had gained access to the house by posing as policemen.’
    • ‘The conman enters banks, posing as a customer, before duping staff into allowing him to make a counter withdrawal.’
    • ‘An unfeasible and bizarre series of events allowed me to gatecrash with a friend, posing as record company people.’
    • ‘A conman who poses as a policeman has been handing out fake speeding fines to unsuspecting motorists.’
    • ‘Police are appealing for witnesses after two people posing as social workers tried to get into a house in Leigh.’
    • ‘Rogue street traders may be ripping off Lancaster people by posing as charity volunteers.’
    • ‘Police fear crooks might try to use the quakes as an excuse to gain access to people's homes by posing as property damage experts.’
    • ‘A shop assistant watched in shock as a thief posing as a customer grabbed money from the till before running off.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the gang is organised and poses as a security firm.’
    • ‘On some occasions the gang posed as bird watchers and after the victims left their cars they would smash the windows and grab what valuables they could from the cars.’
    • ‘Leeza's large pink eyes widened in total fear as she looked to the person who posed as Skye.’
    • ‘Elderly people are being warned about bogus callers posing as workmen.’
    • ‘Then, the killers posed as journalists; this time, they pretended to be defectors.’
    • ‘And at ten o'clock, a team of armed commandos posing as cops busted down our front door.’
    • ‘So, the production company need approximately 100 clean cut people to pose as lawyers.’
    • ‘There have been complaints that people posing as Gardaí have tried to get access to homes.’
    • ‘Police have warned the public to be on their guard for two men posing as policemen who prey on elderly victims in their homes.’
    pretend to be, impersonate, pass oneself off as, be disguised as, masquerade as, profess to be, purport to be, set oneself up as, assume the identity of, feign the identity of, pass for, represent oneself as
    personate
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  • 4[no object] Behave affectedly in order to impress others:

    ‘some people like to drive kit cars, but most just like to pose in them’
    • ‘While the elder posed and postured and generally made a bloody nuisance of himself, Hilary makes no grandstanding noises or grandiose gestures, and simply gets on with the job in hand.’
    • ‘Dressing up time at the weekend and Lolly wasn't too impressed with it while Lucy just posed away all night.’
    • ‘Given her many public proclamations of awareness and spirituality, you have to ask yourself now if she was just posing for affect before.’
    • ‘They posed for the artist, but they did not model.’
    • ‘I particularly liked affecting a Gallic air and posing pretentiously with them in the library.’
    • ‘So while some of the kingpins are posing and posturing with flash and flurry, behind the scenes the big debate on the whys and wherefores of possible arrests is going on.’
    • ‘Moreover, whenever people are shown, they are usually going about their daily business rather than posing or behaving heroically.’
    • ‘I cracked up laughing as Lane suddenly appeared in all her black and pierced glory, bowing to an imaginary crowd before posing for photographs that weren't being taken.’
    • ‘There was one of us being reunited, another of us walking through an open-air market, and the final of us on the beach, posing in some goofy position.’
    behave affectedly, strike an attitude, strike a pose, posture, attitudinize, put on airs, put on an act
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noun

  • 1A way of standing or sitting, especially in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn:

    ‘photographs of boxers in ferocious poses’
    • ‘Each composition is divided into a grid of nine sections comprising seemingly identical portraits, all painted in the same pose and palette.’
    • ‘They will then be photographed in modest poses.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that the standing, humble pose of Lincoln recalls his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the battlefield as a national cemetery.’
    • ‘Kateryna hugs them and happily poses for photographs.’
    • ‘No other female miniaturist painted herself in this pose, although several men did.’
    • ‘Hofker sometimes painted two poses of the same model with similar backgrounds in the same medium.’
    • ‘Many crew photographs of the nineteenth century show crews in poses reminiscent of school photographs with the entire crew assembled for posterity.’
    • ‘In two months he has designed more than 30 of the figures, each in different poses, from a sitting child to a painter due to be suspended from the top of the church tower.’
    • ‘They have him photographed in a heroic pose to be put up in a poster on the wall.’
    • ‘The participants had to write a slogan, fill a form and pose for a photograph.’
    • ‘Outside, the band pose for photographs in the terraced streets.’
    • ‘But most took photographs in conventional poses, the convention being an important part of the record.’
    • ‘We removed the bottle and struck a serious pose for the photograph, which made him laugh.’
    • ‘People in the paintings were drawn and painted with such intricate poses and expressive details.’
    • ‘He's photographed in a graceful pose of dance, his facial expression and gesticulations unmistakably feminine.’
    • ‘Society women quickly took note and queued up to have their portraits painted in similar poses.’
    • ‘Nakane happily poses for photographs with her awe-struck customers.’
    • ‘The park's pheasant, called Fred, has become so used to his home that he regularly poses for photographs and shows no fear when approaching residents for food.’
    • ‘After he had decided on a pose, he took photographs to guide him as he worked.’
    • ‘After a rather long time he returns and poses uneasily for his photograph.’
    posture, position, stance, attitude, bearing
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  • 2A particular way of behaving adopted in order to impress or to give a false impression:

    ‘the man dropped his pose of amiability’
    • ‘Then as now, the anti-war forces adopted a pose of moral superiority, but were in fact led by traitors, criminals and terrorists.’
    • ‘So they adopt the pose of warrior but never actually place themselves under fire.’
    • ‘When you don't know what you're doing it's usually best to adopt the pose of masterful inactivity and do nothing.’
    • ‘He merely adopted the pose of telling uncomfortable truths to his own side; in reality he belonged in the conservative camp all along.’
    • ‘The present pose of horror adopted by media and government officials with regard to revelations of torture by the military is a sordid farce.’
    • ‘How long, then, can Stern affect the pose of a bedraggled victim?’
    • ‘They appeared to be arguing about something, Emilia gesturing furiously while her sister adopted an indignant pose, her hands firmly planted on her hips.’
    • ‘The president knows that anxiety and anguish are the proper poses to adopt in such times.’
    • ‘On one level, it is only by adopting the pose of freedom fighter that Cappello can confront the great grandfather's dual legacy of burning and blossoming.’
    • ‘But underneath the hospitality, the cosmopolitan pose, the anecdotes and gossip, one could detect a hint of sadness and disappointment.’
    • ‘When she noticed only Giovanni in the room she frowned and dropped her pose, looking disappointed.’
    • ‘For the international agencies the use of the issue of war crimes is an easy way to strike a moral pose and claim legitimacy.’
    • ‘As she speaks she adopts the pose of a sexually assured and admired woman, drawing down one strap of her petticoat to reveal and stroke a glamorous neck and chest.’
    • ‘Nerve successfully reinvents the kids show by abandoning the instructional pose adopted by so many previous teen series.’
    • ‘By contrast, Humboldt adopted a pose of theoretical abstinence.’
    • ‘Like the male poet who adopts a macho pose, church officials are eager to seem suave and worldly.’
    • ‘What matters most now is adopting the correct cynical pose about this.’
    • ‘Now's the time when sports observers everywhere adopt a standard pose of indignation, a haughty pooh-poohing of the opinions of the masses.’
    • ‘In a basic sense, the new movement followed his precedent in unmasking the false poses and images of its era in order to refocus attention on the real racial issues facing America.’
    • ‘Youths seek out shade under trees and adopt poses of nonchalance, but there is an infectious air of languid excitement for the upcoming performances.’
    pretence, act, affectation, facade, show, front, display, masquerade, posture
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French poser (verb), from late Latin pausare to pause, which replaced Latin ponere to place. The noun dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation:

pose

/pəʊz/

Main definitions of pose in English

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pose2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Puzzle or perplex (someone) with a question or problem:

    ‘we have thus posed the mathematician and the historian’
    • ‘Yet nearly half of women with chest pain who undergo coronary angiography are found to have no significant CAD, posing a puzzle for physicians.’
    • ‘All of these things are questions which other scholars are posed.’
    • ‘But he told the truth and he answered every question she posed him.’
    • ‘First, the finding poses an evolutionary puzzle: Why would such a mechanism be adaptive?’
    • ‘Students are posed questions, think and reason to answer the questions, and then receive immediate feedback.’
    • ‘This sequence of events poses a puzzle to scientists: how could life begin in an environment so poor in water and carbon?’
    • ‘Cognitive scientists pose seed-storage puzzles to birds as a way of sorting out how their brains work and might resemble our own.’
    • ‘Of course, nature poses another little puzzle: the same chemicals that kill mosquito larvae also kill the larvae of dragonflies.’

Origin

Early 16th century: shortening of obsolete appose, from Old French aposer, variant of oposer oppose.

Pronunciation:

pose

/pəʊz/