1 [pohz]
verb (used without object), posed, posing.
to assume a particular attitude or stance, especially with the hope of impressing others: He likes to pose as an authority on literature.
to present oneself insincerely: He seems to be posing in all his behavior.
to assume or hold a physical attitude, as for an artistic purpose: to pose for a painter.
verb (used with object), posed, posing.
to place in a suitable position or attitude for a picture, tableau, or the like: to pose a group for a photograph.
to assert, state, or put forward: That poses a difficult problem.
to put or place.
a bodily attitude or posture: Her pose had a note of defiance in it.
a mental attitude or posture: a pose cultivated by the upper classes.
the act or period of posing, as for a picture.
a position or attitude assumed in posing, or exhibited by a figure in a picture, sculptural work, tableau, or the like.
a moment in which a dancer remains motionless, usually in an assumed posture.
a studied attitude; affectation: His liberalism is merely a pose.

1325–75; (v.) Middle English posen < Middle French poser < Late Latin pausāre to stop, cease, rest, derivative of Latin pausa pause; French poser has taken over the basic sense of Latin pōnere “to put, place” and represents it in French borrowings of its prefixed derivatives (see compose, depose, etc.), probably reinforced by the accidental resemblance of poser to positum, past participle of pōnere; (noun) derivative of the v.

posable, adjective
posingly, adverb

3. sit, model. 7. See position.
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2 [pohz]
verb (used with object), posed, posing.
to embarrass or baffle, as by a difficult question or problem.
Obsolete. to examine by putting questions.

1520–30; aphetic variant of obsolete appose, variant of oppose, used in sense of Latin appōnere to put to

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pose1 (pəʊz)
vb (often foll by as)
1.  to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
2.  to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
3.  (intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
4.  (tr) to put forward, ask, or assert: to pose a question
5.  a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer
6.  a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect
[C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin pausāre to cease, put down (influenced by Latin pōnere to place)]

pose2 (pəʊz)
1.  rare to puzzle or baffle
2.  archaic to question closely
[C16: from obsolete appose, from Latin appōnere to put to, set against; see oppose]

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Word Origin & History

"put in a certain position," late 14c., "suggest, propose, suppose, assume," from O.Fr. poser "put, place, propose," a term in debating, from L.L. pausare "to halt, rest, pause" (see pause). The O.Fr. verb acquired the sense of L. ponere "to put, place," by confusion of the
similar stems. Sense of "to assume a certain attitude" is from 1850; the trans. sense (as an artist's model, etc.) is from 1859. The noun meaning "act of posing the body" is from 1818; its sense of "attitudinize" is from 1840. Poser "one who practices an affected attitude" is from 1881; revived in teen-ager slang 1980s.

"to puzzle, confuse, perplex," 1593, earlier "question, interrogate" (1526), probably from M.Fr. poser "suppose, assume," from O.Fr. poser (see pose (v.1)). Also in some cases a shortening of Eng. appose "examine closely," and oppose. Poser "question that puzzles" is from 1793.
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Example sentences
He was a media star, posing for cheesecake publicity shoots, popping up on
  girlie calendars and matchbook covers.
We take turns crouching beside him, posing for snapshots.
Photographs of him posing beside his boat might almost be confused for fashion
As is often the case, simply posing the question clearly goes a long way toward
  answering it.
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