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adjective poised pronunciation in British English /pɔɪzd/

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  1. 1
    about to do or achieve something after preparing for it
    Liverpool appear poised for victory in the championship match.
    Japan was poised to become the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam.
    1. a.
      waiting in a position where you can make a movement as soon as you need to
      Two guards stood poised with their hands on their guns.
  2. 2
    behaving in a controlled and relaxed way, even in difficult situations
    The shy little girl has grown into a poised young woman.
  3. 3
    affected by two things that are opposites
    Rachel appeared to be poised between laughter and tears.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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