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v. in·ter·posed, in·ter·pos·ing, in·ter·pos·es
a. To insert or introduce between parts: The ice interposes a barrier between the harbor and the islands.
b. To place (oneself) between others or things.
2. To introduce or interject (a comment, for example) during discourse or a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce.
3. To exert (influence or authority) in order to interfere or intervene: interpose one's veto.
1. To come between things; assume an intervening position.
2. To come between the parties in a dispute; intervene.
3. To insert a remark, question, or argument.
[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; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]
in′ter·po·si′tion (-pə-zĭsh′ən) n.
1. to put or place between or among other things
2. to introduce (comments, questions, etc) into a speech or conversation; interject
3. to exert or use power, influence, or action in order to alter or intervene in (a situation)
[C16: from Old French interposer, from Latin interpōnere, from inter- + pōnere to put]
v. -posed, -pos•ing. v.t.
1. to place between; cause to intervene: to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
2. to put in (a remark, question, etc.) in the midst of a conversation or discourse.
3. to bring (influence, action, etc.) to bear between parties or on behalf of a party.v.i.
4. to come between other things; assume an intervening position or relation.
5. to step in between parties at variance; mediate.
6. to put in or make a remark by way of interruption.
[1590–1600; < Middle French interposer]
Past participle: interposed
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|Verb||1.||interpose - be or come between; "An interposing thicket blocked their way"|
|2.||interpose - introduce; "God interposed death"|
introduce - bring in or establish in a new place or environment; "introduce a rule"; "introduce exotic fruits"
|3.||interpose - to insert between other elements; "She interjected clever remarks"|
|4.||interpose - get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"|
interact - act together or towards others or with others; "He should interact more with his colleagues"
meddle, tamper - intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly; "Don't meddle in my affairs!"
interlope - encroach on the rights of others, as in trading without a proper license
object → dazwischenstellen/-legen; to interpose something between two things → etw zwischen zwei Dinge stellen/legen; to be interposed between two things → zwischen zwei Dingen stehen/liegen; to interpose oneself between two people → sich zwischen zwei Leute stellen
vi (= intervene) → eingreifen