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depose

Syllabification: de·pose
Pronunciation: /dəˈpōz
 
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Definition of depose in English:

verb

[with object]
1Remove from office suddenly and forcefully: he had been deposed by a military coup
More example sentences
  • His physicality is extraordinarily powerful, and he paces around the office like a miserably deposed silverback gorilla now unsure of anything other than his own brute strength.
  • But even though he was unceremoniously deposed from office last year, could the mild-mannered leader really be capable of such deeds?
  • Clergy members found guilty of such a charge can be admonished, removed from office or, in extreme cases, be deposed from holy orders - ‘unfrocked’.
Synonyms
dismiss, oust, drum out, throw out, expel, eject
informal chuck out, boot out, get rid of, show someone the door
2 Law Testify to or give (evidence) on oath, typically in a written statement: every affidavit shall state which of the facts deposed to are within the deponent’s knowledge
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  • The documents which you have deposed to in the witness box and referred to are strictly in answer to the subpoena but in respect of which you claim privilege.
  • A person in the legal secretariat to the Law Officers deposed to the contrary.
  • He deposed to the fact that the two are ‘a genuine and committed couple’.
Synonyms
swear, testify, attest, assert, declare, claim
3 Law Question (a witness) in deposition.
Example sentences
  • He calmly walked 60 feet toward a glass-walled conference room where lawyers were deposing a witness in a labor dispute.
  • His court-appointed attorney never questioned him about the events leading to his arrest and the attorney was denied funds to depose witnesses and do ballistics tests.
  • He never looked at the crime scene photos, failed to depose state witnesses, claimed never to have seen a witness list and failed to object when the prosecution struck four qualified jurors.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French deposer, from Latin deponere (see deponent), but influenced by Latin depositus and Old French poser 'to place'.

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