- very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.: Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France.
Origin of imposing
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- to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.: to impose taxes.
- to put or set by or as if by authority: to impose one's personal preference on others.
- to obtrude or thrust (oneself, one's company, etc.) upon others.
- to pass or palm off fraudulently or deceptively: He imposed his pretentious books on the public.
- Printing. to lay (type pages, plates, etc.) in proper order on an imposing stone or the like and secure in a chase for printing.
- to lay on or inflict, as a penalty.
- Archaic. to put or place on something, or in a particular place.
- Obsolete. to lay on (the hands) ceremonially, as in confirmation or ordination.
- to make an impression on the mind; impose one's or its authority or influence.
- to obtrude oneself or one's requirements, as upon others: Are you sure my request doesn't impose?
- to presume, as upon patience or good nature.
- impose on/upon,
- 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
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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
January 9, 2015
Pyongyang has given the Obama administration no choice but to retaliate now by imposing sanctions or even an embargo.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
The floor-to-ceiling Texas flag, the single most imposing feature of the room, began to rise.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
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
September 24, 2014
I walked my dog in a way that made clear to him that he was imposing.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
He did not believe in imposing an uncompensated burden upon any man.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Mallyan's Spout is the most imposing, having a drop of about 76 feet.Yorkshire Painted And Described
They could not help smiling at Fritz as he frisked about in his imposing rose-collar.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Never had Christian war assumed a more splendid or imposing aspect.Leila, Complete
It is insane, admirable, imposing; and it makes one feel proud.My Double Life
- grand or impressivean imposing building
- (tr) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforceto impose a tax on the people
- to force (oneself, one's presence, etc) on another or others; obtrude
- (intr) to take advantage, as of a person or qualityto impose on someone's kindness
- (tr) printing to arrange pages so that after printing and folding the pages will be in the correct order
- (tr) to pass off deceptively; foistto impose a hoax on someone
- (tr) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
Word Origin and History for imposing
"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.