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
- 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.
- 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.
- n. Interposition.
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.
- n. Interposal; interposition.
- In chess, to put (a piece) between the checked king and the checking piece.
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
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)