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Meaning of “pose” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​formalsituation 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 ​attractinterest: 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 ​particularposition in which a ​personstands, ​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 ​latestfilms and ​artexhibitions, 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 ​bringattention 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 ​particularposition, usually so that you can be photographed or have ​yourpicturedrawn or painted: We all posed for ​ourphotographs in ​front of the Lincoln ​Memorial.
  • pose verb (PRETEND)

[I] to ​pretend to be someone ​else in ​order to ​deceiveothers: 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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