There are 2 definitions of pose in English:

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verb

  • 1 [with object] Present or constitute (a problem or danger): the sheer number of visitors is posing a threat to the area
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    constitute, present, create, cause, produce, give rise to, lead to, result in
  • 1.1Raise (a question or matter for consideration): the statement posed more questions than it answered
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    • ‘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.
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  • 2 [no object] Assume a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: the prime minister posed for photographers
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    be a model, model, sit, take up a position, assume an attitude, strike a pose
  • 2.1 [with object] Place (someone) in a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: he posed her on the sofa
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    position, place, put, arrange, lay out, set out, dispose, locate, situate
    archaic posture
  • 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 thriller
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    pretend to be, impersonate, pass oneself off as, be disguised as, masquerade as, profess to be, purport to be, set oneself up as, assume/feign the identity of, pass for, represent oneself as
    rare personate
  • 4 [no object] Behave affectedly in order to impress others: some people like to drive kit cars, but most just like to pose in them
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    behave affectedly, strike an attitude, strike a pose, posture, attitudinize, put on airs, put on an act
    informal show off
    North American informal cop an attitude

noun

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  • 1A way of standing or sitting, especially in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: photographs of boxers in ferocious poses
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    • 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.
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Derivatives

posable

adjective
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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.

Origin

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.

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There are 2 definitions of pose in English:

pose2

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Pronunciation: /pəʊz
 
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verb

[with object] archaic
  • Puzzle or perplex (someone) with a question or problem: we have thus posed the mathematician and the historian
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    • 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.

Origin

early 16th century: shortening of obsolete appose, from Old French aposer, variant of oposer 'oppose'.

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