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verb     pose pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleposing
past tenseposed
past participleposed
  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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