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[im-poh-zing] /ɪmˈpoʊ zɪŋ/
very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.:
Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France.
Origin of imposing
1645-55; impose + -ing2
Related forms
imposingly, adverb
imposingness, noun
dignified, majestic, lofty, grand, august.


[im-pohz] /ɪmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), imposed, imposing.
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.
verb (used without object), imposed, imposing.
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.
Verb phrases
impose on/upon,
  1. to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
  2. to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
  3. to defraud; cheat; deceive:
    A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.
1475-85; late Middle English < Middle French imposer, equivalent to im- im-1 + poser to pose1; see also pose2
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imposing
  • 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.
  • We had the telephone, already a great mediation device, both imposing and reducing distance between people.
  • One also hears rumblings about taxing endowments or imposing price caps.
  • It wants the government to restrain speculative inflows by imposing far higher initial margin requirements on currency futures.
  • Only benevolent governments can fix it by imposing tyrannical mandates to stop the people from behaving irresponsibly.
  • To make up the funding shortfall, courts are imposing higher filing fees on litigants.
  • And imposing another schedule on them calling it healthy is hardly going to be healthier.
British Dictionary definitions for imposing


grand or impressive: an imposing building
Derived Forms
imposingly, adverb
imposingness, noun


verb usually foll by on or upon
(transitive) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforce: to impose a tax on the people
to force (oneself, one's presence, etc) on another or others; obtrude
(intransitive) to take advantage, as of a person or quality: to impose on someone's kindness
(transitive) (printing) to arrange pages so that after printing and folding the pages will be in the correct order
(transitive) to pass off deceptively; foist: to impose a hoax on someone
(transitive) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
Derived Forms
imposable, adjective
imposer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French imposer, from Latin impōnere to place upon, from pōnere to place, set
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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.

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