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English definition of “poise”

poise

noun [U]     /pɔɪz/ approving
calm confidence in a person's way of behaving , or a quality of grace (= moving in an attractive way) and balance in the way a person holds or moves their body : He looked embarrassed for a moment , then quickly regained his poise. Her confidence and poise show that she is a top model .Confidence and self-assuranceShowing arrogance and conceit
(Definition of poise noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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