pose1 / pōz/ • v. 1. [tr.] present or constitute (a problem, danger, or difficulty): the sheer number of visitors is posing a threat to the area. ∎ raise (a question or matter for consideration): a statement that posed more questions than it answered.2. [intr.] assume a particular attitude or position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: she posed for a swarm of TV cameramen. ∎ [tr.] place (someone) in a particular attitude or position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: he posed her on the sofa. ∎ (pose as) set oneself up as or pretend to be (someone or something): a detective posing as a customer | fig. whitewashed chicken coops that posed as villas. ∎ behave affectedly in order to impress others: some people like to drive these cars, but most just like to pose in them.• n. a particular way of standing or sitting, usually adopted for effect or in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn: photographs of boxers in ferocious poses. ∎ a particular way of behaving adopted in order to give others a false impression or to impress others: the man dropped his pose of amiability.pose2 • v. [tr.] archaic puzzle or perplex (someone) with a question or problem: we have thus posed the mathematician and the historian.