interpose

See also: interposé

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French interposer, influenced by poser (to place, put), from Latin interpōnō, from inter (between) + pōnō (to place, put).

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VerbEdit

interpose (third-person singular simple present interposes, present participle interposing, simple past and past participle interposed)

  1. (transitive) To insert something (or oneself) between other things.
    to interpose a screen between the eye and the light
  2. (transitive) To interrupt a conversation by introducing a different subject or making a comment.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book XII”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 1-5:
      As one who in his journey bates at Noone,
      Though bent on speed, so her the Archangel paused
      Betwixt the world destroyed and world restored,
      If Adam aught perhaps might interpose;
      Then with transition sweet new Speech resumes.
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
      “A beautiful country!”
      “I suppose it is. Everybody says so.”
      “Your cousin Feenix raves about it, Edith,” interposed her mother from her couch.
  3. (transitive) To offer (one's help or services).
  4. (intransitive) To be inserted between parts or things; to come between.
    • 1782, William Cowper, “Truth”, in Poems, London: [] J[oseph] Johnson, [], OCLC 1029672464:
      Suppose, unlook’d for in a scene so rude,
      Long hid by interposing hill or wood,
      Some mansion neat and elegantly dress’d,
      By some kind hospitable heart possess’d
      Offer him warmth, security and rest;
  5. (intransitive) To intervene in a dispute, or in a conversation.

SynonymsEdit

  • (To insert something (or oneself) between other things): insert
  • (To interrupt a conversation by introducing a different subject or making a comment): interrupt

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interpose

  1. inflection of interposer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

interpose

  1. third-person singular past historic of interporre

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