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
Recent Examples on the Web At 6-2 and 203 pounds with good speed, Surtain can stay in the hip pocket of almost any receiver, including some of the most imposing ones in the SEC. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2021 rankings: Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields highlight early top 25 prospects," 28 Apr. 2020 Henderson's rare physical makeup gives him the tools needed to thrive in man coverage against even the most imposing receivers. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2020: QB Justin Herbert falls out of top 10 in pre-free agency first round," 10 Mar. 2020 In Okoro, at least, Auburn has a physically imposing wing who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to get to the rim, seemingly at will, to either get a layup or dunk or draw a foul and get to the line. Tom Green |, al, "Isaac Okoro’s uncanny ability to get to the rim pivotal for Auburn," 29 Jan. 2020 The Gophers basketball team’s future front line got a little more imposing Monday night, as Minnesota picked up a commit from three-star power forward Martice Mitchell. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Gophers basketball gets 2020 commitment from 3-star Illinois center," 7 Oct. 2019 The mural depicts Spencer-Young in a black-and-white flower print trench coach and mustard yellow hat, looking confident and composed – and very imposing – against a bright blue background. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 Most people pass it by, absorbed by the more imposing palm trees. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "A new rubber source could save water, preserve rain forests and even prevent allergic reactions," 12 June 2019 Instead of re-signing Butler to a five-year, $190 million max extension, Philadelphia has assembled perhaps the most imposing front line in the league. Andrew Sharp And Ben Golliver,, "Does Al Horford Make Philly The Eastern Conference Favorite? | Open Floor Podcast," 1 July 2019 But that gave Warren, who has been steadily rising in the polls, an opening to show off her policy ideas without the temptation of tangling with her most imposing rivals. Liz Goodwin,, "Warren shows off policy chops but rivals decline to hit her on packed debate stage," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of imposing

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of imposing was in 1786

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23 May 2020

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“Imposing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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