1 sit, model; position, place, arrange, set (up), put:
Would you let your husband or wife pose in the nude? She posed the model standing, looking out of the window
2 Usually, pose as. portray, act or play (the part or role of), take the part or role of, represent, impersonate, be disguised as, masquerade as, pretend or profess to be, pass (oneself off) as, pass for, imitate, mimic; attitudinize, posture, put on airs, Colloq show off:
She posed as an art expert from Switzerland. She thinks him a roué, but he's only posing
3 set, put, ask, submit, broach, posit, advance, present, predicate, postulate:
The interviewer posed some questions that were quite embarrassing.
4 position, attitude, posture, stance:
Her profile is not shown to best advantage in that pose.
5 affectation, act, pretence, attitudinizing, affectedness, display, façade, show, ostentation:
His interest in art is just a pose to impress her.