imposing

[im-poh-zing]

Origin:
1645–55; impose + -ing2

imposingly, adverb
imposingness, noun


dignified, majestic, lofty, grand, august.
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impose

[im-pohz]
verb (used with object), imposed, imposing.
1.
to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.: to impose taxes.
2.
to put or set by or as if by authority: to impose one's personal preference on others.
3.
to obtrude or thrust (oneself, one's company, etc.) upon others.
4.
to pass or palm off fraudulently or deceptively: He imposed his pretentious books on the public.
5.
Printing. to lay (type pages, plates, etc.) in proper order on an imposing stone or the like and secure in a chase for printing.
6.
to lay on or inflict, as a penalty.
7.
Archaic. to put or place on something, or in a particular place.
8.
Obsolete. to lay on (the hands) ceremonially, as in confirmation or ordination.
verb (used without object), imposed, imposing.
9.
to make an impression on the mind; impose one's or its authority or influence.
10.
to obtrude oneself or one's requirements, as upon others: Are you sure my request doesn't impose?
11.
to presume, as upon patience or good nature.
Verb phrases
12.
impose on/upon,
a.
to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
b.
to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
c.
to defraud; cheat; deceive: A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.

Origin:
1475–85; late Middle English < Middle French imposer, equivalent to im- im-1 + poser to pose1; see also pose2

imposable, adjective
imposer, noun
overimpose, verb (used with object), overimposed, overimposing.
preimpose, verb (used with object), preimposed, preimposing.
reimpose, verb, reimposed, reimposing.
subimposed, adjective
unimposed, adjective
well-imposed, adjective


3. force, foist.
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impose (ɪmˈpəʊz)
 
vb (usually foll by on or upon)
1.  (tr) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforce: to impose a tax on the people
2.  to force (oneself, one's presence, etc) on another or others; obtrude
3.  (intr) to take advantage, as of a person or quality: to impose on someone's kindness
4.  (tr) printing to arrange pages so that after printing and folding the pages will be in the correct order
5.  (tr) to pass off deceptively; foist: to impose a hoax on someone
6.  (tr) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
 
[C15: from Old French imposer, from Latin impōnere to place upon, from pōnere to place, set]
 
im'posable
 
adj
 
im'poser
 
n

imposing (ɪmˈpəʊzɪŋ)
 
adj
grand or impressive: an imposing building
 
im'posingly
 
adv
 
im'posingness
 
n

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impose
late 15c., "to lay (a crime, etc.) to the account of," from M.Fr. imposer, from in- "into" + poser "put, place" (see pose). Sense of "to lay on as a burden" first recorded 1580s.
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Example sentences
At the same time, the agency had no permanent leader imposing new demands on
  how its dollars were spent.
Similarly a judicious regulator should penalise polluters for imposing costs on
  others by taxing their activities.
The imposing tail is not used for gripping but may aid in balance as a monkey
  leaps aloft.
Simply imposing a deadline-whether it was two or eight months away-reversed the
  mind's relation between work and time.
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