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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.
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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Examples from the web for deposed
  • She then led the country for two tumultuous years before being deposed in a military coup.
  • We deposed the false queen and created a situation where the bees could make a new leader.
  • The neighbours deposed to have heard it shriek at night.
  • Backfill put people into power who were sometimes no better than those deposed.
  • Sarcastic, tired flippancy has stolen the place of the first, and lugubrious resentment has deposed the second.
  • Two of this season's deposed head coaches could land jobs with a team that may build a new staff of its own.
  • In display cases, there were enough tiaras to restore every deposed monarchy in history.
  • Either party shall have the right to engage the impartial medical examiner to be deposed for purposes of cross examination.
  • The corpse of the deposed leader became subject to ridicule and abuse.
British Dictionary definitions for deposed


(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 deposed



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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