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English definition of “pose”

pose

verb uk   /pəʊz/ us    /poʊz/

pose verb (CAUSE)

C1 [T] to cause something, especially a problem or difficulty: Nuclear weapons pose a threat to everyone. The mountain terrain poses particular problems for civil engineers.

pose verb (ASK)

C2 [T] to ask a question, especially in a formal situation such as a meeting: Can we go back to the question that Helena posed earlier?

pose verb (POSITION)

C1 [I] to move into and stay in a particular position, in order to be photographed, painted, etc.: We all posed for our photographs next to the Statue of Liberty.

pose verb (PRETEND)

[I] to pretend to be something that you are not or to have qualities that you do not have, in order to be admired or attract interest: He doesn't really know a thing about the theatre - he's just posing!
Phrasal verbs

pose

noun uk   /pəʊz/ us    /poʊz/

pose noun (POSITION)

[C] a particular position in which a person stands, sits, etc. in order to be photographed, painted, etc.: He adopted/assumed/struck (= moved into) an elegant pose.

pose noun (PRETENDING)

[C usually singular] an occasion when someone pretends to have qualities that they do not have: She likes to appear as if she knows all about the latest films and art exhibitions, but it's all a pose (= she's pretending and it's not true).
(Definition of pose from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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