• (British) IPA: /dɪˈpəʊz/
  • (America) IPA: /diˈpoʊz/, /dəˈpoʊz/

depose (deposes, present participle deposing; past and past participle deposed)

  1. (literally, transitive) To put down; to lay down; to deposit; to lay aside; to put away.
    • 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.
    • a tyrant over his subjects, and therefore worthy to be deposed
  3. (legal, intransitive) To give evidence or testimony, especially in response to interrogation during a deposition
  4. (legal, 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.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      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.
    • c. 1598, Francis Bacon, The Office of Compositions for Alienations
      to depose the yearly rent or valuation of lands
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  • German: absetzen; entthronen (monarch only)
  • Russian: низлага́ть
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