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English definition of “poised”

poised

adjective uk   /pɔɪzd/ us  

poised adjective (WAITING)

[after verb] describes an object or a part of your body that is completely still but ready to move at any moment: My pencil was poised over the page, ready to take down her words. [after verb] ready to do a particular thing at any moment: [+ to infinitive] The company is poised to launch its new advertising campaign. The military forces are poised for attack.

poised adjective (CONTROLLED)

approving showing very calm and controlled behaviour
(Definition of poised from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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