Definition of poise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

poise

 verb
verb
NAmE//pɔɪz//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they poise
 
he / she / it poises
 
past simple poised
 
-ing form poising
 
 
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to be or hold something steady in a particular position, especially above something else + adv./prep. The hawk poised in mid-air ready to swoop. poise something/yourself to do something He was poising himself to launch a final attack. poise something/yourself + adv./prep. She poised the javelin in her hand before the throw.
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