V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. the way in which a person stands or carries his/her body; 2. a physical stance that conveys some attitude; 3. a frame of mind or stance on a particular issue; (v.) 1. to behave in a way that is affected and meant to impress others; 2. to assume a particular posture

Synonyms: (n.) stance, attitude, carriage, demeanor, position, attitude, (v.) pose, pass off


Tips: Think of the related word position. Posture refers to the position in which a person carries his or her body or the position that someone has taken on an issue. You can also posture (behave in a phony way) to create an effect. Or, you can posture (behave) in a manner that lets people know what your emotional or mental attitude toward something is.

Usage Examples:

The boy's mother was constantly reminding him to sit up and mind his posture. (carriage, position) noun

The government took a defensive posture on the issue. (position, stance) noun

Laurie likes to posture as though she comes from money, but she actually grew up poor. (pose, pass off) verb

Her posture changed dramatically when he asked the question, and you could tell she was offended. (demeanor, attitude) noun

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