Meaning of “pose” in the English Dictionary

"pose" in British English

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uk /pəʊz/ us /poʊz/

pose verb (CAUSE)

C1 [ T ] to cause something, especially a problem or difficulty:

Nuclear weapons pose a threat to everyone.

More examples

  • Drunken drivers pose a serious threat to other road users.
  • The students were deported because they posed a threat to national security.
  • The very high rate of inflation poses a serious problem for the government.
  • The result of the vote poses a serious challenge to the government's credibility.
  • Officials claim that the chemical leakage poses no real danger for surrounding residents.

Phrasal verb(s)


uk /pəʊz/ us /poʊz/

(Definition of “pose” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pose" in American English

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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)