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posit

noun

verb

  1. (put)  to put (something somewhere) firmly
    Synonyms: deposit, fix, situate. Type of: put
  2. (propose)  to put before
    Synonyms: put forward, state, submit. Type of: propose
  3. (presuppose)  to take as a given; to assume as a postulate or axiom
    Synonyms: postulate. Type of: presuppose

Etymology summary

From Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see "position".
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

posit | postulate [synonym, sense-specific] | assumption [synonym, sense-specific]

to assume or put forward as fact or the factual basis for an argument; postulate | to put in position | a fact, idea, etc, that is posited; assumption (27 of 319 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/posit

Oxford Dictionary:

posit | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | posits [3rd-person singular present] | posit something on | place [synonym, sense-specific]

put forward as fact or as a basis for argument | ("posit something on") : base something on the truth of (a particular assumption) | [with object and ... (26 of 111 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/posit

Wiktionary:

posit | posits [plural] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle]

Something that is posited; a postulate. | [aviation] Abbreviation of position. | Assume the existence of; to postulate. | Propose for consideration or study; to suggest. | Put (something somewhere) firmly. (27 of 99 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/posit

Wikipedia:

Posit [disambiguation] | axiom

something that is posited; a postulate; an axiom. It may also refer to: POSIT, as an acronym, may stand for: Pose from Orthography and Scaling with Iterations, a computer vision algorithm that performs 3D Pose Estimation (36 of 87 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Posit

American Heritage Dictionary:

posit | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | posits [3rd-person singular present]

To assume the existence of; postulate. | To put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest | To place firmly in position. (20 of 70 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posit

Merriam-Webster:

posit | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | fix [synonym, sense-specific] | postulate [synonym, sense-specific] | suggest [synonym, sense-specific]

to dispose or set firmly; "fix" | to assume or affirm the existence of; "postulate" | to propose as an explanation; "suggest" (20 of 53 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/posit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

posit [transitive, formal] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | posits [3rd-person singular present]

to say that something is true or that something should be accepted as true (14 of 44 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/posit

Cambridge Dictionary:

posit [formal]

to suggest something as a basic fact or principle from which a further idea is formed or developed (18 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/posit

Random House Dictionary:

posit

to place, put, or set. | to lay down or assume as a fact or principle; postulate. | something that is posited; an assumption; postulate. (23 of 31 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/posit

New World Dictionary:

posit

to set in place or position; situate | to set down or assume as fact; postulate (15 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posit

Encarta Dictionary:

posit | posits [plural] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle]

to put forward for consideration something such as a suggestion, assumption, or fact | to place something firmly in position | a suggestion, ... (21 of 73 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737803​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

posit | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | posits [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place; see "position".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posit

Oxford Dictionary:

posit | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | posits [3rd-person singular present] | posit something on

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Latin posit- "placed", from the verb ponere

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/posit

Online Etymology:

posit

First use: 1640s

Origin: Latin positus, past participle of ponere "put, place".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=posit

Collins Dictionary:

posit

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin pōnere to place, position

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/posit

Wiktionary:

posit | posits [plural] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle]

Origin: Latin positus, perfect participle of pōnō ("put, place").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/posit

Merriam-Webster:

posit | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle]

First use: 1647

Origin: Latin positus, past participle of ponere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/posit

New World Dictionary:

posit

Origin: Latin positus: see "position"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posit

Encarta Dictionary:

posit | posits [plural] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin posit-, past participle of ponere "place"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737803​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

posit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "posit"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/posit

Macmillan American Dictionary:

posit [transitive, formal, verb] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | posits [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "posit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/posit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

posit [transitive, formal] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle] | posits [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "posit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/posit

Cambridge Dictionary:

posit [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "posit"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "posit"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/posit

the Free Dictionary:

posit

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "posit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "posit"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "posit" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/posit

Google Dictionary:

posit | posits [plural] | posited [past tense] | positing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "posit"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=posit

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

posit

Audio: North American pronunciation of "posit"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=posit​001 word=posit

YourDictionary Audio:

posit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "posit" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/posit

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