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[in-ter-pohz] /ˌɪn tərˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), interposed, interposing.
to place between; cause to intervene:
to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
to put (a barrier, obstacle, etc.) between or in the way of.
to put in (a remark, question, etc.) in the midst of a conversation, discourse, or the like.
to bring (influence, action, etc.) to bear between parties, or on behalf of a party or person.
verb (used without object), interposed, interposing.
to come between other things; assume an intervening position or relation.
to step in between parties at variance; mediate.
to put in or make a remark by way of interruption.
Origin of interpose
1590-1600; < Middle French interposer. See inter-, pose1
Related forms
interposable, adjective
interposal, noun
interposer, noun
interposingly, adverb
uninterposed, adjective
uninterposing, adjective
1. introduce, insert, insinuate, inject. 3, 7. interject. 6. intervene, intercede. Unabridged
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  • And the speaker may interpose his own personality between you and the poem, for better or worse.
  • Instead of soup kitchens or shelters, the movement tries to interpose education between children and their poverty.
  • Repeatedly, he interrupts a dramatic moment to interpose information.
  • But she did not interpose the arm of her own power to arrest the law and break the embargo.
  • They knew he expected the rebels to win in the end, but they believed he would not actively interpose to decide it.
  • We must have the capacity to interpose information from all of these regimes and do so in a dynamic manner.
British Dictionary definitions for interpose


to put or place between or among other things
to introduce (comments, questions, etc) into a speech or conversation; interject
to exert or use power, influence, or action in order to alter or intervene in (a situation)
Derived Forms
interposable, adjective
interposal, noun
interposer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French interposer, from Latin interpōnere, from inter- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for interpose

1590s, from Middle French interposer (14c.), from inter- (see inter-) + poser (see pose (v.1)). Related: Interposed; interposing.

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