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Depose

To depose is either to give a statement or testimony under oath or to ask a party or witness questions at a deposition. For example, an expert witness is deposed to determine what his opinions are. During a deposition, a party or witness gives testimony in response to questions asked by one of the parties. The deposition testimony is usually recorded by a court reporter. The transcript of the deposition can then be used throughout the legal proceedings. For example, during trial, an attorney who is questioning a witness may use that witness' deposition testimony to point out inconsistencies in the witness' trial testimony.