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 imposing (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 Still, Jackson is an imposing figure at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, with the ability to tuck the ball away and make something happen with his legs. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s spring football practice is in the books. Here are a few things we learned.," 19 Apr. 2021 But her fur and beard give her a more imposing look. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "My Dog: A One-Year Review," 1 Mar. 2021 At his best, Golladay is one of the most imposing receivers in the NFL, and someone Spielman spoke positively about Tuesday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "What Chris Spielman's philosophy of building 'outside in' could mean for Detroit Lions," 24 Feb. 2021 The Hummer EV SUV will have the same imposing presence as the pickup version just without the bed. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Get a First Look at the 2023 GMC Hummer EV SUV," 19 Nov. 2020 Carey is a physical lefty center who emerged as one of the most imposing interior players in the ACC, earning Freshman of the Year honors. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "2020 NBA Mock Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers stay true to best player available philosophy," 20 Oct. 2020 The QX60 Monograph is a sleeker and more trucklike vehicle than the outgoing model, with a more imposing and aggressive appearance. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Infiniti Reveals QX60 Monograph Concept, Previewing Next-Gen SUV," 25 Sep. 2020 Hatcher and Richard Matvichuk did a lot of damage around Ed Belfour’s crease back in those days when a more imposing style that included a sometimes overwhelming amount of interference, among other things, was tolerated. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "The Stars' new identity that has gotten them this far may also be their undoing in the Stanley Cup Final," 24 Sep. 2020 An available Sasquatch package with 35-inch mud-terrain rubber looks very imposing. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco Sets Out to Invade Jeep's Turf," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Imposing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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