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English noun: pose

1. pose (attribute) affected manners intended to impress others

SamplesDon't put on airs with me.


Broader (hypernym)affectedness

2. pose (attribute) a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes

Broader (hypernym)attitude, position, posture

3. pose (act) a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

Synonymsaffectation, affectedness, mannerism

Broader (hypernym)feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation

Narrower (hyponym)attitude, radical chic

English verb: pose

1. pose (stative) introduce

SamplesThis poses an interesting question.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent

2. pose (perception) assume a posture as for artistic purposes

SamplesWe don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often.

Synonymsmodel, posture, sit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)display, exhibit, expose

Narrower (hyponym)ramp

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

3. pose (communication) pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

SamplesShe posed as the Czar's daughter.

Synonymsimpersonate, personate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)betray, deceive, lead astray

Narrower (hyponym)masquerade

4. pose (social) behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

SamplesDon't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!.
She postured and made a total fool of herself.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport

Narrower (hyponym)attitudinise, attitudinize

5. pose (contact) put into a certain place or abstract location

SamplesPut your things here.
Set the tray down.
Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children.
Place emphasis on a certain point.

ExamplesThey pose the bags on the table

Synonymslay, place, position, put, set

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)appose, arrange, barrel, bed, bottle, bucket, butt, clap, cock, coffin, cram, deposit, dispose, docket, emplace, emplace, enclose, ensconce, fix, glycerolise, glycerolize, ground, imbricate, inclose, insert, instal, install, intersperse, introduce, jar, juxtapose, ladle, lay, lay over, lean, load, lose, marshal, middle, mislay, misplace, misplace, nestle, parallelize, park, perch, pigeonhole, pile, pillow, place down, place upright, plant, plant, poise, posit, position, postpose, prepose, put back, put down, put down, put in, put in, rack up, recess, recline, replace, repose, repose, reposition, rest, rest, seat, seat, seat, seed, set, set, set down, set down, set up, set up, settle, settle, settle down, shelve, ship, sign, siphon, sit, sit down, situate, snuggle, sow, space, stand, stand up, step, stick in, stratify, superimpose, superpose, superpose, tee, tee up, throw, throw, thrust, trench, underlay, upend

6. pose (cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to

SamplesThis beats me!.
Got me--I don't know the answer!.
A vexing problem.
This question really stuck me.

Synonymsamaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw

Narrower (hyponym)elude, escape, mix up, riddle, stump

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