Main definitions of pose in English

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verb

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

    ‘the sheer number of visitors is posing a threat to the area’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This bulging population poses a big problem for the city.’
    • ‘In court you will also have to demonstrate that the tree poses a risk or danger to you.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A leader in the magazine even suggests that Camilla's Roman Catholicism will pose no constitutional difficulty.’
    • ‘The language skirts the problem posed by the U.S. constitutional prohibition on U.S. forces being under the command of a foreign commander.’
    • ‘In the 1970s lead also posed a serious problem, making up some 40 per cent of the total costs.’
    • ‘Concerns about the nuisance and danger posed by fireworks could lead to new laws laying down major restrictions on their sale and use.’
    • ‘Since then, it seems the Government has become wiser to the problem posed by the presence of too many ‘culturally incompatible’ foreigners.’
    • ‘To justify the death penalty, the Texas sentencing jury has to find that the defendant will always pose a risk of danger to others.’
    • ‘Aside from the low number of patients in each study, the heterogeneity of these populations of patients poses a problem for interpreting the data.’
    • ‘Among the major considerations to be taken into account would be the rate base of the town and at present that could pose problems.’
    • ‘Even if Swann and White still can rush the passer, their presence poses some problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ageing population will pose an increasing problem.’
    • ‘But the disclosures posed presentational problems for the Prime Minister as he made the case for university top-up fees.’
    • ‘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.’
    constitute, present, create, cause, produce, give rise to, lead to, result in
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    1. 1.1Raise (a question or matter for consideration)
      ‘a statement that posed more questions than it answered’
      • ‘‘You're really enjoying that, aren't you,’ said Graham, making a statement rather than posing a question.’
      • ‘By indirectly posing this question in the film, Rouch compels us to wonder about ‘magical’ possibilities.’
      • ‘Better put, the questions being posed by the advance of biotechnology are human questions for all of us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Note that the speaker is posing a question - it is not a statement of doubt, but a query.’
      • ‘Once I had posed the question Rose was willing to talk about looking for a place in York Place or Priory Gardens.’
      • ‘Second, their willingness to pose such questions suggests that there is considerable interest among their constituents on this issue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘The fire authority must now pose some serious questions about how the whole matter was handled.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a book that poses important questions and raises crucial concerns about our understanding of this period.’
      • ‘Catching my breath, I turned to my true love and finally posed the question that anyone else would have raised many hours earlier.’
      • ‘You have posed a counterfactual question, an imaginary question.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Six questions are now posed for our consideration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And his statement poses vital questions: What does it mean to be a young American citizen in this age?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In other words, research is done in order to answer questions posed by theoretical considerations.’
  • 2[no object] Assume a particular attitude or position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn.

    ‘she posed for a swarm of TV cameramen’
    • ‘These people make eye contact with us or look away, often assuming poses and facial expressions found in earlier traditions of portraiture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I liked the idea that these women had already posed and photographed their horses for a readership of women.’
    • ‘These men were happy to pose for a photographer and to be identified as soldiers of fortune.’
    • ‘Isabella tilted her head again, in the same pose she had assumed when he first saw her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The assumption here, that Rembrandt simply posed for himself, can produce conflicting results.’
    • ‘Keller's son and daughter also pose for reference photographs and end up in many of his paintings.’
    • ‘Plus, artists will pose with attendees for photos that can later be framed and displayed in their galleries.’
    • ‘She photographed various models posed in identical positions and then spliced their various body parts together using computer technology.’
    • ‘Many of the collection's photographs show attractive young art students posing nude individually or in pairs, even in small groups.’
    • ‘Sajovic begins with photographs of live models, posed on the floor to appear weightless.’
    • ‘She has already posed for artistic nude photographs in two Australian magazines and describes herself as a model and athlete.’
    • ‘She loses her self-respect and confidence and simply assumes the role of Marty's mannequin, posed, positioned, and paid to sing when told.’
    • ‘She also posed for a 1955 painting in which he depicted her wearing the native dress commonly associated with Kahlo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She ends up as a patroness of the arts because she enjoys posing for a nude statue (and seducing the sculptor).’
    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 attitude or position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn.
      ‘he posed her on the sofa’
      • ‘From schoolkids to students and housewives, we are all posed hand to ear, chatting into our own personal communicator.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He occasionally posed human figures as markers of scale.’
      • ‘Mikhailov, a Ukrainian who now resides in Berlin, posed homeless people in his native city, Kharkiv, for studied, intimate photographs.’
      • ‘But folks, who made the decision to pose Jim Collins on a mountain ledge with a dark and stormy night brewing behind him?’
      • ‘‘You just feel silly when you go to an interview and they pose you,’ he says.’
      • ‘Best of all, Hannah is constructed and weighted so you can pose her almost any way you can think of!’
      • ‘Beth spent the rest of the period taking Edie's picture, posing her, and starting the painting with a sketch.’
      • ‘He simply posed the friends around his 17th century home in Threshfield.’
      • ‘They pose their children in front of the buildings for snapshots, just as Seattleites do at the Space Needle and Experience Music Project.’
      • ‘Each model is set up with an invisible skeleton that allows him to pose each figure in its 3D environment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Blair was shaking his head, his face in one of the most disagreeing poses Jim had seen yet.’
      • ‘And you could pose them in compromising positions.’
      • ‘The photographer had posed the dancers in views and collages that disclosed what he considered the repressed subtexts of the ballets.’
      • ‘Once you've posed your character a snapshot is taken.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead of inquiring of us which would be our favourite poses, they just came straight up and posed us like we were puppets.’
      • ‘He posed her against the blank wall of the living room, taking three pictures.’
    2. 2.2Set oneself up as or pretend to be (someone or something)
      ‘a detective posing as a customer’
      figurative ‘a literary novel posing as a spy thriller’
      • ‘Police are appealing for witnesses after two people posing as social workers tried to get into a house in Leigh.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police have warned the public to be on their guard for two men posing as policemen who prey on elderly victims in their homes.’
      • ‘Leeza's large pink eyes widened in total fear as she looked to the person who posed as Skye.’
      • ‘A shop assistant watched in shock as a thief posing as a customer grabbed money from the till before running off.’
      • ‘The conman enters banks, posing as a customer, before duping staff into allowing him to make a counter withdrawal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Undercover cops set up a stall and posed as market traders to catch a gang of mobile phone thieves.’
      • ‘An unfeasible and bizarre series of events allowed me to gatecrash with a friend, posing as record company people.’
      • ‘So, the production company need approximately 100 clean cut people to pose as lawyers.’
      • ‘Elderly people are being warned about bogus callers posing as workmen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A conman who poses as a policeman has been handing out fake speeding fines to unsuspecting motorists.’
      • ‘There have been complaints that people posing as Gardaí have tried to get access to homes.’
      • ‘Rogue street traders may be ripping off Lancaster people by posing as charity volunteers.’
      • ‘Two men had gained access to the house by posing as policemen.’
      • ‘And at ten o'clock, a team of armed commandos posing as cops busted down our front door.’
      • ‘Then, the killers posed as journalists; this time, they pretended to be defectors.’
  • 3Behave affectedly in order to impress others.

    ‘some people like to drive these cars, but most just like to pose in them’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I particularly liked affecting a Gallic air and posing pretentiously with them in the library.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dressing up time at the weekend and Lolly wasn't too impressed with it while Lucy just posed away all night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    behave affectedly, strike an attitude, strike a pose, posture, attitudinize, put on airs, put on an act
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noun

  • 1A particular way of standing or sitting, usually adopted for effect or in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn.

    ‘photographs of boxers in ferocious poses’
    • ‘The participants had to write a slogan, fill a form and pose for a photograph.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many crew photographs of the nineteenth century show crews in poses reminiscent of school photographs with the entire crew assembled for posterity.’
    • ‘We removed the bottle and struck a serious pose for the photograph, which made him laugh.’
    • ‘Hofker sometimes painted two poses of the same model with similar backgrounds in the same medium.’
    • ‘No other female miniaturist painted herself in this pose, although several men did.’
    • ‘Society women quickly took note and queued up to have their portraits painted in similar poses.’
    • ‘After he had decided on a pose, he took photographs to guide him as he worked.’
    • ‘But most took photographs in conventional poses, the convention being an important part of the record.’
    • ‘Each composition is divided into a grid of nine sections comprising seemingly identical portraits, all painted in the same pose and palette.’
    • ‘After a rather long time he returns and poses uneasily for his photograph.’
    • ‘They will then be photographed in modest poses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kateryna hugs them and happily poses for photographs.’
    • ‘They have him photographed in a heroic pose to be put up in a poster on the wall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nakane happily poses for photographs with her awe-struck customers.’
    • ‘Outside, the band pose for photographs in the terraced streets.’
    posture, position, stance, attitude, bearing
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  • 2A particular way of behaving adopted in order to give others a false impression or to impress others.

    ‘the man dropped his pose of amiability’
    • ‘Youths seek out shade under trees and adopt poses of nonchalance, but there is an infectious air of languid excitement for the upcoming performances.’
    • ‘Like the male poet who adopts a macho pose, church officials are eager to seem suave and worldly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the international agencies the use of the issue of war crimes is an easy way to strike a moral pose and claim legitimacy.’
    • ‘When you don't know what you're doing it's usually best to adopt the pose of masterful inactivity and do nothing.’
    • ‘So they adopt the pose of warrior but never actually place themselves under fire.’
    • ‘How long, then, can Stern affect the pose of a bedraggled victim?’
    • ‘When she noticed only Giovanni in the room she frowned and dropped her pose, looking disappointed.’
    • ‘The present pose of horror adopted by media and government officials with regard to revelations of torture by the military is a sordid farce.’
    • ‘Then as now, the anti-war forces adopted a pose of moral superiority, but were in fact led by traitors, criminals and terrorists.’
    • ‘By contrast, Humboldt adopted a pose of theoretical abstinence.’
    • ‘What matters most now is adopting the correct cynical pose about this.’
    • ‘They appeared to be arguing about something, Emilia gesturing furiously while her sister adopted an indignant pose, her hands firmly planted on her hips.’
    • ‘But underneath the hospitality, the cosmopolitan pose, the anecdotes and gossip, one could detect a hint of sadness and disappointment.’
    • ‘Now's the time when sports observers everywhere adopt a standard pose of indignation, a haughty pooh-poohing of the opinions of the masses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He merely adopted the pose of telling uncomfortable truths to his own side; in reality he belonged in the conservative camp all along.’
    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 show off The noun dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation:

pose

/pōz/

Main definitions of pose in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]Archaic
  • Puzzle or perplex (someone) with a question or problem.

    ‘we have thus posed the mathematician and the historian’
    • ‘First, the finding poses an evolutionary puzzle: Why would such a mechanism be adaptive?’
    • ‘All of these things are questions which other scholars are posed.’
    • ‘This sequence of events poses a puzzle to scientists: how could life begin in an environment so poor in water and carbon?’
    • ‘But he told the truth and he answered every question she posed him.’
    • ‘Students are posed questions, think and reason to answer the questions, and then receive immediate feedback.’
    • ‘Yet nearly half of women with chest pain who undergo coronary angiography are found to have no significant CAD, posing a puzzle for physicians.’
    • ‘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

/pōz/