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American English: /pɔɪz/
British English: /pɔɪz/

Translation of poise in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (bearing)
    Example sentences
    • And now I knew the names of most of the foods set before me, spoke with elegance and poise, danced with grace, and could even say a few words in French and Italian!
    • Despite this, she was a ballet dancer who had the grace, poise, and elegance of an angel.
    • The prayer is nothing but an expression of these manifestations and, with graceful poise, combines all of them.
    1.2 (composure)
    Example sentences
    • By their physiques, thankfully the majority retain poise and dignity.
    • He descended to raucous and tasteless personal attacks on the Gandhis and generally showed little dignity, poise or gravitas.
    • I think the family has shown remarkable dignity and poise throughout this entire ordeal.

transitive verb

reflexive verb

  • to poise oneselfshe poised herself to jump
    se colocó en disposición de saltar
    se preparó para saltar
    Example sentences
    • ‘We are at your service, madam,’ he said, poising his fingertips together above his stomach.
    • Yet, as we all know, popular art would be nowhere without the perpetual, inconclusive drama of crossing the line - poising at the edge of the abyss, sometimes pulling back, sometimes falling in.
    • ‘Coming,’ I replied, poising myself at the edge of the stack.

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    Mezcal is an alcoholic drink similar to tequila obtained in Mexico by distilling the juice or aguamiel extracted from roasted tips of the maguey plant. Bottles of mezcal are usually sold containing a gusano, the larva of an insect that lives on the maguey. This is said to enhance the flavor.