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impost1

[im-pohst]
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noun
  1. a tax; tribute; duty.
  2. a customs duty.
  3. Horse Racing. the weight assigned to a horse in a race.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to determine customs duties on, according to the kind of imports.
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Origin of impost1

1560–70; < Medieval Latin impostus a tax, noun use of Latin impostus, variant of impositus imposed; see imposition
Related formsim·post·er, noun

impost2

[im-pohst]
noun Architecture.
  1. the point of springing of an arch; spring.
  2. an architectural feature immediately beneath this point.
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Origin of impost2

1655–65; < French imposte < Italian imposta < Latin: feminine of impostus (past participle); see impost1
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Related Words

dutylevyfeeweighttaxcustomchargetolltributeassessmentsurtax

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British Dictionary definitions for impost

impost1

noun
  1. a tax, esp a customs duty
  2. horse racing the specific weight that a particular horse must carry in a handicap race
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verb
  1. (tr) US to classify (imported goods) according to the duty payable on them
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Derived Formsimposter, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin impostus tax, from Latin impositus imposed; see impose

impost2

noun
  1. architect a member at the top of a wall, pier, or column that supports an arch, esp one that has a projecting moulding
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Word Origin

C17: from French imposte, from Latin impositus placed upon; see impose
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Word Origin and History for impost

n.

"tax, duty," 1560s, from Middle French impost, from Medieval Latin impostum, from neuter of Latin impostus, contracted from impositus, past participle of imponere (see impostor).

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