US [poʊz]
UK [pəʊz]

verb (used without object), posed, posing.

  1. to assume a particular attitude or stance, especially with the hope of impressing others:
    He likes to pose as an authority on literature.
  2. to present oneself insincerely:
    He seems to be posing in all his behavior.
  3. to assume or hold a physical attitude, as for an artistic purpose:
    to pose for a painter.

verb (used with object), posed, posing.

  1. to place in a suitable position or attitude for a picture, tableau, or the like:
    to pose a group for a photograph.
  2. to assert, state, or put forward:
    That poses a difficult problem.
  3. to put or place.


  1. a bodily attitude or posture:
    Her pose had a note of defiance in it.
  2. a mental attitude or posture:
    a pose cultivated by the upper classes.
  3. the act or period of posing, as for a picture.
  4. a position or attitude assumed in posing, or exhibited by a figure in a picture, sculptural work, tableau, or the like.
  5. a moment in which a dancer remains motionless, usually in an assumed posture.
  6. a studied attitude; affectation:
    His liberalism is merely a pose.