Synonyms of poised


1. poise, hover

usage: be motionless, in suspension; "The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"

2. brace, poise, fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set

usage: prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

3. poise, put, set, place, pose, position, lay

usage: cause to be balanced or suspended

4. poise, balance, hold, carry, bear

usage: hold or carry in equilibrium


1. poised, balanced (vs. unbalanced)

usage: marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action; "a gull in poised flight"; "George's poised hammer"

2. collected, equanimous, poised, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed, composed (vs. discomposed)

usage: in full control of your faculties; "the witness remained collected throughout the cross-examination"; "perfectly poised and sure of himself"; "more self-contained and more dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"; "strong and self-possessed in the face of trouble"

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Definition and meaning of poised (Dictionary)