imposing

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adjective im·pos·ing \ im-ˈpō-ziŋ \

Definition of imposing

:impressive in size, bearing, dignity, or grandeur

imposingly

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Examples of imposing in a Sentence

  1. He's an imposing man with a powerful voice.

  2. the president of the bank is exactly the sort of imposing figure that one might expect

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First Known Use of imposing

1786

Synonym Discussion of imposing

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

IMPOSING Defined for English Language Learners

imposing

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Definition of imposing for English Language Learners

  • : very large or impressive


IMPOSING Defined for Kids

imposing

adjective im·pos·ing \ im-ˈpō-ziŋ \

Definition of imposing for Students

: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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