Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To insert or introduce between parts.
  • transitive v. To place (oneself) between others or things.
  • transitive v. To introduce or interject (a comment, for example) during discourse or a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce.
  • transitive v. To exert (influence or authority) in order to interfere or intervene: interpose one's veto.
  • intransitive v. To come between things; assume an intervening position.
  • intransitive v. To come between the parties in a dispute; intervene.
  • intransitive v. To insert a remark, question, or argument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To insert something (or oneself) between other things.
  • v. To interrupt a conversation by introducing a different subject or making a comment.
  • v. To be inserted between parts or things.
  • v. To intervene in a dispute, or in a conversation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Interposition.
  • intransitive v. To be or come between.
  • intransitive v. To step in between parties at variance; to mediate.
  • intransitive v. To utter a sentiment by way of interruption.
  • transitive v. To place between.
  • transitive v. To thrust; to intrude; to put between, either for aid or for troubling.
  • transitive v. To introduce or inject between the parts of a conversation or argument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place between; cause to intervene: as, to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
  • To place between or among; intrude; present as an obstruction, interruption, or inconvenience, or for succor, relief, or the adjustment of differences: as, the emperor interposed his aid or services to reconcile the contending parties.
  • To come between other things; assume an intervening position or relation; stand in the way.
  • To step in between parties at variance; interfere; mediate: as, the prince interposed and made peace.
  • To put in or make a remark by way of interruption.
  • Synonyms Interpose, Interfere, Intermeddle, Intervene. To intermeddle is both unwelcome and impertinent. To interfere is unwelcome to the one interfered with, and often but not necessarily improper: as, the court interfered to prevent further injustice. In this sentence interposed would have been a very proper word to express the benevolence and helpfulness of the action of the court, while interfere suggests the checking of what was going on and the balking of selfish plans. Interpose in its personal application is generally used in a good sense. Interfere may be used of a person or of a thing; intermeddle only of a person or the act of a person. Intervene is used only of things literally or figuratively coming between, and hence without either praise or blame: as, several weeks intervened; an intervening piece of woods. A piece of woods may interfere with a view; we must interfere in a quarrel when life is threatened. See intrude.
  • In chess, to put (a piece) between the checked king and the checking piece.
  • n. Interposal; interposition.

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

  • v. to insert between other elements
  • v. get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
  • v. introduce
  • v. be or come between

Etymologies

French, from Old French interposer, to intervene, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin interpōnere, to put between : inter-, inter- + pōnere, to put.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French interposer, modification (influenced by poser to put, place), from Latin interpōnō, from inter ("between") + pōnō ("I place, put"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I hope my friends will never again interpose in my concerns of that nature.

    The Coquette, or, The History of Eliza Wharton: A Novel Founded on Fact

  • It was no stronger than other words and phrases, yet, thirty years later, the words "interpose" and "protest" were passed by as too feeble, and "nullification" adopted as the proper term for open resistance, But that Kentucky did not mean forcible resistance is proved by her accompanying statement that she would bow to the laws of the Union because she was a party to the Federal compact.

    The United States of America, Part 1

  • Jefferson and his ally James Madison wrote sets of resolutions duly passed by the legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky, which called upon the state governments to resist and, as Madison put it, "interpose" themselves between the federal government and the citizenry.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • Nullification is not secession as in the case of the Civil War, but there is a history of nullification that includes the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions against the Alien and Sedition Acts. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both argued that the States are the ultimate interpreters of the Constitution, arguing that the States could "interpose" themselves to protect their citizens from unconstitutional national laws.

    ChronWatch - Articles

  • "interpose," in the words of Madison, or to "nullify" the Federal law, as Jefferson phrased it.

    The Wars Between England and America

  • "interpose" Alabama's government against the federal government.

    daytondailynews.com - News

  • "interpose" its sovereignty between the Federal Government and the state's citizens.

    Firedoglake

  • The courts of original jurisdiction should regularly dispose of all questions which arise before them; and the court of review, in its appellate jurisdiction, should not interpose until the decision has been pronounced by the court below.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “A Sickly Brood of Judicial Fancies”

  • James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, articulated the milder doctrine of Interposition, in the Virginia Resolution, declaring that the states “have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining tothem.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Democratic Strategist misdescribes some legal issues

  • I doubt that in those circumstances the USA would feel able to interpose a veto for the umpteenth time to protect Israel from the follyof its governments but I also expect that the EU and the USA would neverthless be pretty pissed off with Turkey too.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What’s Going on With Turkey

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