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Definition to question another under oath and record another's legal statement

More rarely, depose can reference the respondent's statements, or deposed can reference the respondent.

A completely different meaning of depose that is more rare today is, "to force to leave office." A comprehensive dictionary will have more specialized definitions of depose.
  • The lawyer deposed the witness.
  • In 1571, Elizabeth learned of the plot to depose her and restore Catholicism by replacing her with Mary.
  • Paul Dumas, physician, deposes that he was called to view the bodies about day-break.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • deposes = states under formal questioning
  • Both these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ...deposes that she has known both the deceased for three years...
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • I depose that I was reading, that I was looking and searching.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Crime And Punishment
  • They couldn't get the votes to depose the party leader and replace him with someone more moderate.
  • Now the Pope's turn has come and Bonaparte doesn't scruple to depose the head of the Catholic Church- yet all keep silent
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Soon enough, when my new masters have awakened, I will depose Boreas and take the throne of the North Wind, but not just yet.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I swore to defend and protect his children, yet before his blood was cold, I plotted to depose and murder his son and seize the throne for myself.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Probably it was the beach he feared, like a deposed ruler secretly visiting an old court.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • For what fault am I to be deposed?
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • 'Deposed'—that's it, is it?
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The first and most immediate is the deposal of Gabrielle Richter as Director.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • She was immediately deposed, however, by Herbert, who silently led me into the parlor and shut the door.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Deposes he was leaving Torquay Pavilion after the film Not a Sparrow and noticed a man behaving queerly.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • "Dost mind how you could jerk a trout ashore with a bramble, and not ruffle the stream, Charl?" a deposed keeper was saying.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Eventually, a faction of Tutsis deposed the king and took control.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • "L'esquif aborde et me depose, Jetant son amarre au pilier, Devant une facade rose, Sur le marbre d'un escalier."
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "Dook, you win!" he said; and, dropping his head, he left the camp-fire circle with the manner of a deposed emperor.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars

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