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poisedadjective

 us   /pɔɪzd/

poised adjective (READY)

[not gradable] ready to move, or ​prepared and ​waiting for something to ​happen: The ​lion was poised to ​strike.

poised adjective (CONFIDENT)

calm and confident: Angela is a ​polite, poised ​young woman.
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poisedadjective

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poised adjective (WAITING)

[after verb] If an ​object or a ​part of ​yourbody 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 tolaunchits new ​advertisingcampaign. The ​militaryforces are poised forattack.
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poised adjective (CONTROLLED)

approving showing very ​calm and ​controlledbehaviour
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poisedadjective

uk   us   /pɔɪzd/
[after verb] ready to do a particular thing at any moment: poised to do sth The ​publicpensionfund is poised to ​invest up to $1.5 ​billion over the next ​year. The City is poised for a ​major announcement on the airline's ​farestrategy.
showing very calm and ​controlledbehaviour: She remained poised throughout the difficult ​presentation.
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