Impost meaning

ĭm'pōst'
Something, such as a tax or duty, that is imposed.
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The weight a horse must carry in a handicap race.
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The uppermost part of a column or pillar supporting an arch.
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A tax; esp., a duty on imported goods.
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The weight assigned to a horse in a handicap race.
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To classify (imported goods) in order to assess the proper taxes.
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The top part of a pillar, pier, or wall supporting an arch.
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(chiefly historical) A tax, tariff or duty that is imposed, especially on merchandise.
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The top member of a pillar, pier, wall, etc., upon which the weight of an arch rests.
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(horse racing, slang) The weight that must be carried by a horse in a race, the handicap.
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The top part of a column or pillar that supports an arch.
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Origin of impost

  • Obsolete French from Old French from Medieval Latin impostum from Latin neuter of impostus variant of impositus past participle of impōnere to place upon impose
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French imposte from Italian imposta from Latin feminine past participle of impōnere to place upon impose
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French impost, from Latin impositus, past participle of impōnere (“to impose”).
    From Wiktionary
  • From Italian imposta, from Latin imposta
    From Wiktionary