Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “pose”


verb [T] (CAUSE)   /poʊz/
to cause something, esp . a problem or difficulty : Does this defendant really pose a threat to the community ? To pose a question is to bring attention to a problem , often in the form of a question : Joanna poses the question , "How do we accomplish these goals ?"
(Definition of pose verb (CAUSE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of pose

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Causing difficulties for oneself or others, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Definitions of “pose” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

grand prix

one of a series of important international races for very fast and powerful cars

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More