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adjective poised pronunciation in American English /pɔɪzd/

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  1. 1
    about to do or achieve something after preparing for it

    The Rockets appear poised for victory in the championship game.

    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. 3
    affected by two things that are opposites

    Rachel appeared to be poised between laughter and tears.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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