im·​pos·​ing | \ im-ˈpō-ziŋ How to pronounce imposing (audio) \

Definition of imposing

: impressive in size, bearing, dignity, or grandeur

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imposingly \ im-​ˈpō-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce imposingly (audio) \ adverb

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grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity. a grand staircase magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste. magnificent paintings imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness. an imposing edifice stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement. the stately procession majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur. a majestic waterfall grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience grandiose hydroelectric projects but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration. grandiose schemes

Examples of imposing in a Sentence

He's an imposing man with a powerful voice. the president of the bank is exactly the sort of imposing figure that one might expect

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Tiger sharks are among the most imposing predators of tropical seas. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "Giant tiger sharks eat backyard birds, surprising study reveals," 21 May 2019 At 5ft 8in, Owen was never the most imposing striker on the pitch., "Top 30 Premier League Scorers in History," 4 June 2019 This is a 1920s Tudor by the architect Hal Thomson, who designed some of the most imposing residences in Dallas. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Cathy Kincaid on Decorating a Traditional Dallas House," 24 Mar. 2015 Past this store, at the end of Takkeciler Caddesi, in the textile district, is one of the bazaar's most beautiful and most imposing outposts. Olivia Wells, Town & Country, "Secrets of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar," 14 Jan. 2013 Philip Roth's death leaves us to begin examining the most imposing, eclectic and challenging body of work of any 20th-century American writer, writes Gene Seymour. CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 26 May 2018 The Cowboys’ fifth-year All-Pro guard is staying out of OTAs for the time being—and this doesn’t seem to be a very contentious situation at all—in an effort to cash in on the four years of domination he’s given the NFL’s most imposing front. Albert Breer,, "NFL Anthem Policy: Why Owners Decided on the New Rule," 24 May 2018 One of the defining early works of Pina Bausch was her danced 1975 production, with the cast's three singers shadowing far more imposing lead dancers. Mark Swed,, "Joffrey Ballet dazzles in L.A. Opera's 'Orpheus and Eurydice'," 13 Mar. 2018 Yet the former first-round pick is in a fantastic position to erase those failures as part of baseball’s most imposing lineup. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Maikel Franco, Aaron Hicks headline 2018's bold fantasy baseball predictions," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of imposing

1786, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of imposing

: very large or impressive


im·​pos·​ing | \ im-ˈpō-ziŋ\

Kids Definition of imposing

: impressive because of size, dignity, or magnificence The Army of Glinda the Good looked very grand and imposing— L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz

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