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[dih-pohz] /dɪˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), deposed, deposing.
to remove from office or position, especially high office:
The people deposed the dictator.
to testify or affirm under oath, especially in a written statement:
to depose that it was true.
Law. to take the deposition of; examine under oath:
Two lawyers deposed the witness.
verb (used without object), deposed, deposing.
to give sworn testimony, especially in writing.
Origin of depose
1250-1300; Middle English deposen < Old French deposer to put down, equivalent to de- de- + poser < Vulgar Latin *posāre, Late Latin pausāre; see pose1
Related forms
deposable, adjective
deposer, noun
undeposable, adjective
undeposed, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is often expected that it speak the truth, depose of dictators and illuminate the world's injustices.
  • The senior faculty rebelled and made the dean depose her.
  • Then, the tunisians realized the power of participation to depose tyranny.
  • There must be something in between sending the mariners to depose a dictator and doing business as usual with him.
  • If the ultimate goal of military action is to depose a dictator, there really isn't any reason not to use such technology.
  • Crane, on the other hand, spends much of his time fending off machinations within the firm that might depose him.
  • Sorry to rain on your parade, but computers can't transform education any more than social media can depose dictators.
  • After much battling, he won the right to depose many of the principals in the case.
British Dictionary definitions for depose


(transitive) to remove from an office or position, esp one of power or rank
(law) to testify or give (evidence, etc) on oath, esp when taken down in writing; make a deposition
Derived Forms
deposable, adjective
deposer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deposer to put away, put down, from Late Latin dēpōnere to depose from office, from Latin: to put aside; see depone
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Word Origin and History for depose

c.1300, from Old French deposer (12c.), from de- "down" (see de-) + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Related: Deposed; deposing.

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