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See also: dépose and déposé



Recorded since c.1300, from Old French deposer, from de- "down" + poser "to put, place". Deposition (1494 in the legal sense) belongs to deposit, but that related word and depose became totally confused



depose ‎(third-person singular simple present deposes, present participle deposing, simple past and past participle deposed)

  1. (literally transitive) To put down; to lay down; to deposit; to lay aside; to put away.
    • Woodword
      additional mud deposed upon it
  2. (transitive) To remove (a leader) from (high) office, without killing the incumbent.
    A deposed monarch may go into exile as pretender to the lost throne, hoping to be restored in a subsequent revolution.
    • Prynne
      a tyrant over his subjects, and therefore worthy to be deposed
  3. (law, intransitive) To give evidence or testimony, especially in response to interrogation during a deposition
  4. (law, transitive) To interrogate and elicit testimony from during a deposition; typically done by a lawyer.
    After we deposed the claimant we had enough evidence to avoid a trial.
    • Shakespeare
      Depose him in the justice of his cause.
  5. (intransitive) To take or swear an oath.
  6. To testify; to bear witness; to claim; to assert; to affirm.
    • Francis Bacon
      to depose the yearly rent or valuation of lands



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  1. third-person singular past historic of deporre