[ in-ter-pohz ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈpoʊz /

verb (used with object), in·ter·posed, in·ter·pos·ing.

to place between; cause to intervene: to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
to put (a barrier, obstacle, etc.) between or in the way of.
to put in (a remark, question, etc.) in the midst of a conversation, discourse, or the like.
to bring (influence, action, etc.) to bear between parties, or on behalf of a party or person.

verb (used without object), in·ter·posed, in·ter·pos·ing.

Origin of interpose

From the Middle French word interposer, dating back to 1590–1600. See inter-, pose1


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British Dictionary definitions for interpose

/ (ˌɪntəˈpəʊz) /


to put or place between or among other things
to introduce (comments, questions, etc) into a speech or conversation; interject
to exert or use power, influence, or action in order to alter or intervene in (a situation)

Derived forms of interpose

interposable, adjective interposal, noun interposer, noun

Word Origin for interpose

C16: from Old French interposer, from Latin interpōnere, from inter- + pōnere to put