- The definition of imposing is making a strong impression because of size or strength.
An example of something imposing is a giant animal staring at you while you eat as if threatening to take your food.
- Present participle of impose.
(comparative more imposing, superlative most imposing)
- Magnificent and impressive because of appearance, size, stateliness or dignity.
Variant of impose
transitive verbimposed, imposing
- to place or set (a burden, tax, fine, etc. on or upon) as by authority
- to force (oneself, one's presence or will, etc.) on another or others without right or invitation; obtrude
- to pass off; palm off; foist, esp. by deception: to impose false cures on unsuspecting patients
- to arrange (pages of type or plates) in a frame in the proper order of printing
- Archaic to place; put; deposit
- to lay (the hands) on, as in ordaining
Origin of imposeFrench altered by associated, association with poser (see pose) ; from Classical Latin imponere, to place upon ; from in-, on + ponere: see position
impose onor impose upon
- Rare to make a strong impression on
- to take advantage of; put to some trouble or use unfairly for one's own benefit
- to cheat or defraud