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impost

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[ im-pohst ]
/ ˈɪm poʊst /
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Definition of impost

noun
a tax; tribute; duty.
a customs duty.
Horse Racing. the weight assigned to a horse in a race.
verb (used with object)
to determine customs duties on, according to the kind of imports.
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Origin of impost

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1560–70; <Medieval Latin impostus a tax, noun use of Latin impostus, variant of impositus imposed; see imposition

OTHER WORDS FROM impost

im·post·er, noun

Other definitions for impost (2 of 2)

impost2
[ im-pohst ]
/ ˈɪm poʊst /

noun Architecture.
the point of springing of an arch; spring.
an architectural feature immediately beneath this point.

Origin of impost

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1655–65; <French imposte<Italian imposta<Latin: feminine of impostus (past participle); see impost1
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British Dictionary definitions for impost (1 of 2)

impost1
/ (ˈɪmpəʊst) /

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

Derived forms of impost

imposter, noun

Word Origin for impost

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

British Dictionary definitions for impost (2 of 2)

impost2
/ (ˈɪmpəʊst) /

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

Word Origin for impost

C17: from French imposte, from Latin impositus placed upon; see impose
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