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poisedadjective

uk   us   /pɔɪzd/

poised adjective (WAITING)

[after verb] If an object or a part of your body is poised, it 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.
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poised adjective (CONTROLLED)

approving showing very calm and controlled behaviour
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