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"pose" in British English

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poseverb

uk   /pəʊz/ us   /poʊz/
  • 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 (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

posenoun

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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pose" in American English

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poseverb

us   /poʊz/
  • pose verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause something, esp. a problem or difficulty: Does this defendant really pose a threat to the community?
[T] 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?"
  • pose verb (POSITION)

[I] to move into and stay in a particular position, usually so that you can be photographed or have your picture drawn or painted: We all posed for our photographs in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • pose verb (PRETEND)

[I] to pretend to be someone else in order to deceive others: The detective posed as a sailor to try to catch the smugglers.

posenoun [C]

us   /poʊz/
  • pose noun [C] (POSITION)

the position in which someone stands or sits when posing: Can you hold that pose?
(Definition of pose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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