August 08, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
pose /ˈpoʊz/ verb

poses; posed; posing

Father and daughter posing for the camera
Father and daughter posing for the camera
Learner's definition of POSE

1 [+ object] : to be or create (a possible threat, danger, problem, etc.)

  • Smog poses a threat to our health. [=smog threatens our health]

  • His careless behavior poses a hazard to others. [=his careless behavior is dangerous to others]

  • Physical sports pose a risk of injury.

  • The weather should not pose a problem for us.

  • Decreasing the unemployment rate poses a serious challenge to/for the new governor.

2 [+ object] : to ask or suggest (a question)

  • My mother posed a question to me that I still can't answer to this day: “What do you want to do with your life?”

  • The contradictions in his argument pose [=raise] questions about his credibility.

3 : to stand, sit, or lie down in a particular position as a model for a photograph, painting, etc.

[no object] — usually + for

  • Everyone posed for the group photo.

  • She posed nude for the magazine.

[+ object]

  • The photographer posed her on the steps of the courthouse.

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