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[uh-pohz] /əˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), apposed, apposing.
to place side by side, as two things; place next to; juxtapose.
to put or apply (one thing) to or near to another.
Origin of appose
1585-95; by analogy with compose, propose, etc. < Latin appōnere to place near, set alongside, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pōnere to place
Related forms
apposability, noun
apposable, adjective
apposer, noun
nonapposable, adjective
unapposable, adjective Unabridged
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  • I 'appose it's one of the hard things big peoples has to learn.

    Little Miss Peggy Mrs. Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for appose


verb (transitive)
to place side by side or near to each other
(usually foll by to) to place (something) near or against another thing
Word Origin
C16: from Old French apposer, from poser to put, from Latin pōnere
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Word Origin and History for appose

"to apply" (one thing to another), 1590s, either from French apposer (from a "to;" see ad-, + poser "to place;" see pose (v.1)), or else formed in English from Latin apponere (see apposite) on analogy of compose, expose, etc. In Middle English, an identical word was a variant spelling of oppose. Related: Apposed; apposing.

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