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Definition of pose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pose
    he / she / it poses
    past simple posed
    -ing form posing
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  1. 1[transitive] pose something to create a threat, problem, etc. that has to be dealt with to pose a threat/challenge/danger/risk The task poses no special problems.
  2. 2[transitive] pose a question (formal) to ask a question, especially one that needs serious thought
  3. 3[intransitive] pose (for somebody/something) to sit or stand in a particular position in order to be painted, drawn, or photographed The delegates posed for a group photograph. They posed briefly for photographs before driving off.
  4. 4[intransitive] pose as somebody to pretend to be someone in order to trick other people The gang entered the building posing as workmen.
  5. 5[intransitive] (usually used in the progressive tenses) (disapproving) to dress or behave in a way that is intended to impress other people I saw him out posing in his new sports car.
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