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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.

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