Definition of pose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    pose

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pose
    BrE BrE//pəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊz//
     
    he / she / it poses
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊzɪz//
     
    past simple posed
    BrE BrE//pəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊzd//
     
    past participle posed
    BrE BrE//pəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊzd//
     
    -ing form posing
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊzɪŋ//
     
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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. See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  4. 4  [intransitive] pose as somebody to pretend to be somebody 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.
  6. Word 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 cent.Extra examples Pollutants in the river pose a real risk to the fish. The new play poses some challenging questions. The task poses no special problems. the dangers posed by the possession of nuclear weapons the environmental threat posed by oil spillages
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