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Definitionto 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
- 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 silentTolstoy, 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
deposes = states under formal questioning