- impose on,
- imposing stone,
- impossible figure
Origin of imposing
verb (used with object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
verb (used without object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
- to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
- to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
- to defraud; cheat; deceive: A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.
Origin of impose
Examples from the Web for imposing
Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Pyongyang has given the Obama administration no choice but to retaliate now by imposing sanctions or even an embargo.
The floor-to-ceiling Texas flag, the single most imposing feature of the room, began to rise.
What he fails to realize is that he is imposing the same urban title on his family in retaliation.‘black-ish’ Keeps It Real about the Invisible Black Man|Judnick Mayard|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I walked my dog in a way that made clear to him that he was imposing.
Outwardly Ahmednugger presents no imposing appearance like Beejapoor.A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Philip Meadows Taylor
The old ruined castle—an imposing structure now partially repaired—is described in Scott's Waverley.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
The imposing aspect of the comet in 1066 described in European chronicles of that time is confirmed by the Chinese Annals.Astronomical Curiosities|J. Ellard Gore
This swash-buckler had, moreover, a most imposing countenance, and a voice capable of frightening even a bear back into its den.A Hungarian Nabob|Maurus Jkai
And those demonstrations ought to be imposing not only from their numbers, but also for their orderly character.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
verb (usually foll by on or upon)
Word Origin for impose
"that impresses by appearance or manner," 1786, from present participle of impose (v.). Related: Imposingly.
late 14c., "to lay (a crime, etc.) to the account of," from Old French imposer "put, place; impute, charge, accuse" (c.1300), from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Sense of "to lay on as a burden" first recorded 1580s. Related: Imposed; imposing.