Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove from office or power.
  • transitive v. To dethrone.
  • transitive v. Law To state or affirm in a deposition or by affidavit.
  • transitive v. Law To take a deposition from: Investigators will depose the witness behind closed doors.
  • transitive v. To put or lay down; deposit.
  • intransitive v. Law To give a deposition; testify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. (transitive) To put down; to lay down; to deposit; to lay aside; to put away.
  • v. To remove (a leader) from (high) office, without killing the incumbent.
  • v. (intransitive) To give evidence or testimony, especially in response to interrogation during a deposition
  • v. To take, swear an oath.
  • v. (transitive) To interrogate and elicit testimony during a deposition, typically by a lawyer.
  • v. To testify; to bear witness; to claim; to assert; to affirm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To bear witness; to testify under oath; to make deposition.
  • transitive v. To lay down; to divest one's self of; to lay aside.
  • transitive v. To let fall; to deposit.
  • transitive v. To remove from a throne or other high station; to dethrone; to divest or deprive of office.
  • transitive v. To testify under oath; to bear testimony to; -- now usually said of bearing testimony which is officially written down for future use.
  • transitive v. To put under oath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay down; let fall; deposit.
  • To lay aside.
  • To remove; eject; evict.
  • To remove from office, especially from royalty, or from high executive, ecclesiastical, or judicial office; dethrone; divest of office: as, to depose a king or a bishop.
  • To take away; strip off (from one); divest (one of).
  • To testify to; attest.
  • To examine on oath; take the deposition of.
  • To bear witness.
  • Specifically To give testimony on oath; especially, to give testimony which is embodied in writing in a deposition or an affidavit; give answers to interrogatories intended as evidence in a court: as, he deposed to the following facts; the witness deposes and says that, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. force to leave (an office)
  • v. make a deposition; declare under oath

Etymologies

Middle English deposen, from Old French deposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put) of Latin dēpōnere, to put down; see depone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some years later, Lawrence returns with a new wife, Sapphire, a human this time and it seems that things will return to normal but Lawrence still refuses to open the gate and the Vaethyr villagers grow more and more impatient and angry with him, so only Auberon' trust and support keeps them from trying to "depose" him.

    "Elfland" by Freda Warrington (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu)

  • Clergy and lay deputies to a special convention of the diocese on November 7 voted to invite Bishop Duncan back into leadership of the diocese 50 days after the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church voted to remove ( "depose") him

    Anglican Mainstream

  • Clergy and lay deputies to a special convention of the diocese on November 7 voted to invite Bishop Duncan back into leadership of the diocese 50 days after the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church voted to remove ( "depose") him.

    Stand Firm

  • "depose" him; because his oath had the audacity to plot his fall; because his plighted word conspired against him.

    Napoleon the Little

  • Impeachment for wrongdoing of lesser gravity involves a legislative usurpation of a power belonging only to the people (the power to choose and "depose"

    Submission By Counsel For President Clinton To The Committee

  • This is saying something because normally I depose the life ruining aspects of gaming.

    Modern pirates call for classic games

  • ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast AP Security forces loyal to the incumbent leader who refuses to give up power opened fire in Ivory Coast on Tuesday killing at least one person, as military chiefs from neighboring nations met to plan a possible armed intervention to depose Laurent Gbagbo.

    Ivory Coast: Shooting erupts, military chiefs meet

  • They are right that the commencement of proceedings in the Texan court is an attempt by the owners to depose them of their gains so far in English litigation.

    Battle for Liverpool goes into extra-time after day in court

  • Her father was hung by the man who went on to depose him.

    Dan Lybarger: A Complicated Legacy: Duane Baughman on Bhutto

  • What ever happened to the no-confidence vote that was going to depose Harper?

    Matthew Yglesias » The Canada Trip

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  • Contronymic in the sense: overthrow vs. affirm, attest, elicit and record testimony.

    January 27, 2007