- 1 [with object] Present or constitute (a problem or danger): the sheer number of visitors is posing a threat to the areaMore example sentences
- Since then, it seems the Government has become wiser to the problem posed by the presence of too many ‘culturally incompatible’ foreigners.
- Among the major considerations to be taken into account would be the rate base of the town and at present that could pose problems.
- But the disclosures posed presentational problems for the Prime Minister as he made the case for university top-up fees.
- 1.1Raise (a question or matter for consideration): the statement posed more questions than it answeredMore example sentences
- ‘You're really enjoying that, aren't you,’ said Graham, making a statement rather than posing a question.
- And his statement poses vital questions: What does it mean to be a young American citizen in this age?
- In other words, research is done in order to answer questions posed by theoretical considerations.
- 2 [no object] Assume a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: the prime minister posed for photographersMore example sentences
- She photographed various models posed in identical positions and then spliced their various body parts together using computer technology.
- She does not discuss Noguchi's work in depth, nor does she illustrate it except in a few photographs of Noguchi posing beside his sculptures.
- Many of the collection's photographs show attractive young art students posing nude individually or in pairs, even in small groups.
- 2.1 [with object] Place (someone) in a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: he posed her on the sofaMore example sentences
- She didn't change her facial expression in a single one; only in the later pictures did she relax a little and allow the photographers to pose her at all differently to that classic, straight on bust.
- The photographer had posed the dancers in views and collages that disclosed what he considered the repressed subtexts of the ballets.
- Anyway, Eisenberg was great and his work is avidly studied by animation artists, especially his knack for posing characters so they have weight and movement.
- 3 [no object] (pose as) Pretend to be (someone or something): an armed gang posed as policemen to ambush a postman • figurative a literary novel posing as a spy thrillerMore example sentences
- The spokesman said the gang is organised and poses as a security firm.
- On some occasions the gang posed as bird watchers and after the victims left their cars they would smash the windows and grab what valuables they could from the cars.
- Two men had gained access to the house by posing as policemen.
- 4 [no object] Behave affectedly in order to impress others: some people like to drive kit cars, but most just like to pose in themMore example sentences
- Moreover, whenever people are shown, they are usually going about their daily business rather than posing or behaving heroically.
- So while some of the kingpins are posing and posturing with flash and flurry, behind the scenes the big debate on the whys and wherefores of possible arrests is going on.
- While the elder posed and postured and generally made a bloody nuisance of himself, Hilary makes no grandstanding noises or grandiose gestures, and simply gets on with the job in hand.
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- 1A way of standing or sitting, especially in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: photographs of boxers in ferocious posesMore example sentences
- They will then be photographed in modest poses.
- In two months he has designed more than 30 of the figures, each in different poses, from a sitting child to a painter due to be suspended from the top of the church tower.
- Hofker sometimes painted two poses of the same model with similar backgrounds in the same medium.
- 2A particular way of behaving adopted in order to impress or to give a false impression: the man dropped his pose of amiabilityMore example sentences
- The president knows that anxiety and anguish are the proper poses to adopt in such times.
- Then as now, the anti-war forces adopted a pose of moral superiority, but were in fact led by traitors, criminals and terrorists.
- So they adopt the pose of warrior but never actually place themselves under fire.
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- Woman are often shown as dolls, puppets or children in these stories, posable and malleable in any way the photographer pleases.
- He's posable, you can even put him in his famous wide stance, which has been in the press so much.
- It was posable, and you could somehow inflate it into different sizes and body shapes and stuff.
Middle English: from Old French poser (verb), from late Latin pausare 'to pause', which replaced Latin ponere 'to place'. The noun dates from the early 19th century.
verb[with object] • archaic
- Puzzle or perplex (someone) with a question or problem: we have thus posed the mathematician and the historianMore example sentences
- But he told the truth and he answered every question she posed him.
- Students are posed questions, think and reason to answer the questions, and then receive immediate feedback.
- All of these things are questions which other scholars are posed.
early 16th century: shortening of obsolete appose, from Old French aposer, variant of oposer 'oppose'.