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verb pose pronunciation in American English /poʊz/
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present tense
present participleposing
past tenseposed
past participleposed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to present a difficult or dangerous situation
    pose a problem/difficulty/risk/threat: We are being told that the accident poses no threat to the environment.
    pose a challenge: They had been expected to pose a serious challenge to the main parties.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] art to sit or stand somewhere so that someone can take a photograph of you or paint a picture of you
    pose for: The leaders posed briefly for photographs before returning to the conference hall.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to dress or behave in a particular way to make people notice you, admire you, or be impressed by you
    It’s the sort of place where people go to pose in their designer labels.


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