Definition of interpose in English:


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  • 1with object Place or insert between one thing and another.

    ‘he interposed himself between her and the top of the stairs’
    • ‘And the specialist system itself, in which specialists firms are interposed between buyers and sellers, it is likely, it seems to me, to come under severe attack.’
    • ‘Thus, for example, a liver that is palpable may not be detected by percussion, if, as occasionally happens, a segment of colon is interposed between the liver and the abdominal wall.’
    • ‘After assembly of the coupling using the method of the present invention, a terminal end of the flexible hose is interposed between the terminal end of the rigid pipe and the clamping ring.’
    • ‘The CD-R uses a dye layer with a relatively low optical absorbance at the recording wavelength; this layer is interposed between the grooved substrate and a highly reflective layer of silver or gold.’
    • ‘In this system, many things are interposed between Christ and the sinner, such as meritorious works, sacramentalism and mediation by Mary and the ‘saints’.’
    • ‘In the decussation of the pyramids, the bundles of corticospinal fibers are interposed between the ventral gray matter and the central gray substance.’
    • ‘Fibers of the optic and auditory radiations are interposed between the lentiform nucleus above and the temporal horn of the lateral ventricle below.’
    • ‘The second dimension of the social history of pixels is how they came to be interposed between us and the world, generating reality as they reflect it.’
    • ‘Suppose that, although a vase is directly in front of S, a laser photograph is interposed between it and S, thereby blocking it from S's view.’
    • ‘Proxy servers can be interposed between users and the web at large to insulate users from pernicious attacks via the web.’
    • ‘For all subjects, a rest period of at least 60 seconds was interposed between the two 96 trial blocks.’
    • ‘An independent sovereignty was thus interposed between the two divisions of his kingdom.’
    • ‘An insulator layer is interposed between each end plate and the adjacent end electrode.’
    • ‘At least one starter switch is interposed between the starter and the starter battery.’
    • ‘We hope to break down the wall which we feel has been interposed between the reading public and the material of our individualities - our poems, our fiction - and to build in its place a fence.’
    • ‘The term Family was interposed between Order and Genus, in keeping with Linnaeus' conception of the divine society of nature.’
    • ‘And while the new ‘central processing’ division may occasionally staple relevant memos together, it is another layer of bureaucracy interposed between the eye and the brain.’
    • ‘A reflective liquid crystal display device includes a pair of transparent plates, a liquid crystal layer interposed between the pair of plates, and a light-shielding layer provided on one of the plates.’
    • ‘In the enhancer-blocking assay, candidate elements are tested for their ability to prevent enhancer-promoter interaction when interposed between an enhancer and a promoter.’
    • ‘Civilization is pernicious also because it interposes a veil of artificiality between the individual and the natural objects of experience.’
    insinuate, place, put
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    1. 1.1Say (words) as an interruption.
      ‘if I might interpose a personal remark here’
      • ‘He interposed, ‘Even if it doesn't knock you down, do you still feel it?’’
      • ‘‘He's a businessman, he has to be that way,’ Simon quietly interposed.’
      • ‘‘You are not trying a more difficult spell,’ Smith interposed forcefully.’
      • ‘I interpose that in the course of the trial it emerged from the court interpreter that the Greek word used for ‘cut’ and broken in the sense of ‘parted’ or ‘severed’ is the same.’
      • ‘I should interpose that there was some doubt on the evidence that the money to be provided by S & F for the purchase consideration under the share sale agreement ever did move in its pre-determined circle.’
      • ‘(I interpose that it must have been saved again to the hard disk after the last recorded printing in order for the latter to appear on the record on the hard disk).’
      • ‘I interpose that the overall height, according to that question, is therefore the height of the four antennae on the support beam.’
      • ‘I interpose: he had been a moderate but regular smoker to about 1991.’
      • ‘It strikes me that the sort of guy who would say ‘nice jugs’ to a random woman in public probably enjoys interposing their opinions into someone else's life.’
      introduce, insert, interject, inject, add, throw in, put in, work in
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  • 2no object Intervene between parties.

    with infinitive ‘the legislature interposed to suppress these amusements’
    • ‘Now again an angel might interpose, between Abraham and his maundering delusion that he must slaughter his second son, Isaac.’
    • ‘It was admitted, that in case the guardians should misbehave, the Court might interpose, upon a presumption, that the testator himself would not have entrusted the guardians with this power, had he foreseen they would have abused it.’
    • ‘Among the economic élite the fear spread that the USSR would interpose between the defeat of Germany and the Anglo-Saxon victory with consequences which would be felt both inside and outside Italy.’
    • ‘Who am I to interpose in the delicately poised quadrille of consumers and the fulfillers of dreams?’
    • ‘I interpose to note that stage 1 is when the facts are found and stage 2 is when the panel decide whether they amount to serious professional misconduct and what the appropriate penalty should be if they do.’
    • ‘Your Honour, with my friend's consent, might I interpose to hand up to the Court three documents.’
    intervene, intercede, step in, mediate, involve oneself
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    1. 2.1with object Exercise or advance (a veto or objection) so as to interfere.
      ‘the memo interposes no objection to issuing a discharge’
      • ‘In his later years he was fully informed of the choices being made, but interposed no public objection as his edifice of dreams was systematically reduced to rubble.’
      • ‘The Attorney General may deny Section 5 preclearance (by interposing an objection) no later than 60 days after a voting change has been submitted.’
      • ‘Needless to say, these same critics will then have new objections to interpose.’



/ˌin(t)ərˈpōz/ /ˌɪn(t)ərˈpoʊz/


Late 16th century from French interposer, from Latin interponere ‘put in’ (from inter- ‘between’ + ponere ‘put’), but influenced by interpositus ‘inserted’ and Old French poser ‘to place’.