What does pose mean?

Definitions for pose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. airs, posenoun

    affected manners intended to impress others

    "don't put on airs with me"

  2. posenoun

    a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes

  3. affectation, mannerism, pose, affectednessverb

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

  4. present, poseverb


    "This poses an interesting question"

  5. model, pose, sit, postureverb

    assume a posture as for artistic purposes

    "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"

  6. pose, impersonate, personateverb

    pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

    "She posed as the Czar's daughter"

  7. pose, postureverb

    behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

    "Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!"; "She postured and made a total fool of herself"

  8. put, set, place, pose, position, layverb

    put into a certain place or abstract location

    "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"

  9. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"


  1. poséadjective

    Standing still, with all the feet on the ground.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poseadjective

    standing still, with all the feet on the ground; -- said of the attitude of a lion, horse, or other beast

    Etymology: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

  2. Posenoun

    a cold in the head; catarrh

    Etymology: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

  3. Poseverb

    the attitude or position of a person; the position of the body or of any member of the body; especially, a position formally assumed for the sake of effect; an artificial position; as, the pose of an actor; the pose of an artist's model or of a statue

    Etymology: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

  4. Poseverb

    to place in an attitude or fixed position, for the sake of effect; to arrange the posture and drapery of (a person) in a studied manner; as, to pose a model for a picture; to pose a sitter for a portrait

    Etymology: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

  5. Poseverb

    to assume and maintain a studied attitude, with studied arrangement of drapery; to strike an attitude; to attitudinize; figuratively, to assume or affect a certain character; as, she poses as a prude

    Etymology: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

  6. Poseverb

    to interrogate; to question

    Etymology: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

  7. Poseverb

    to question with a view to puzzling; to embarrass by questioning or scrutiny; to bring to a stand

    Etymology: [Shortened from appose, for oppose. See 2d Appose, Oppose.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pose

    pōz, n. a position: an attitude, either natural or assumed.—v.i. to assume an attitude.—v.t. to put in a suitable attitude: to posit. [Fr.,—poser, to place—Low L. pausare, to cease—L. pausa, pause—Gr. pausis. Between Fr. poser and L. ponĕre, positum, there has been confusion, which has influenced the derivatives of both words.]

  2. Pose

    pōz, v.t. to puzzle: to perplex by questions: to bring to a stand.—ns. Pō′ser, one who, or that which, poses: a difficult question; Pō′sing.—adv. Pō′singly. [M. E. apposen, a corr. of oppose, which in the schools meant to 'argue against.']

  3. Posé

    po-zā′, adj. (her.) standing still.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'pose' in Verbs Frequency: #580

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pose in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pose in a Sentence

  1. Governor Cuomo:

    The void allowed misinformation and conspiracy, and now people are left with the thought of,' Did my loved one have to die ?' And that is a brutal, brutal question to pose to a person, and I want everyone to know everything was done. Everything was done by the best minds in the best interest.

  2. Huang Yuanpu:

    Alibaba wouldn't mind burning loads of fresh capital to help Ele.me grab more market share from Meituan, which would pose a big pressure on Meituan's cash flow, business expansion and targeted valuation.

  3. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

    If a transitional period can not be established in Afghanistan, the pressure on migration, which has already reached high levels, will increase even more and this situation will pose a serious challenge for everyone.

  4. Vladimir Putin:

    We pose no threat to anyone and do not intend to get involved in any geopolitical games or intrigues, let alone conflicts, no matter who tries to draw us into them or how they do so, at the same time, it is indispensable to securely safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of Russia and the security of our allies.


    People ask me about legacy. This is already done in my works of reggae, radiology, mentoring, teaching the youths and advocating for the people. My ongoing writings and research speaks volumes .I know that someday my works will be praised by the critics, revered by the skeptics,respected by the cynics, continue to be researched by the academics, and loved by those who know and love truth all over the world. It will defy description and pose a dire challenge to historical analysis. It will end racism in america and free africa as my reggae music sings. Jah people will see freedom.

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  • stellen, posieren, legen, PoseGerman
  • pose, posarSpanish
  • پزPersian
  • poseerataFinnish
  • pose, représenter, poser, mettre, constituerFrench
  • porreItalian
  • ポーズをつくる, ポーズ, 置くJapanese
  • pozaLatvian
  • poserenDutch
  • posere, anbringe, representere, stilleNorwegian
  • озадачивать, ставить, представить, позировать, класть, располагать, поза, задавать, представлять, положить, расположить, задать, озадачить, поставитьRussian
  • pose, poseraSwedish

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