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[im-poh-zing] /ɪmˈpoʊ zɪŋ/

very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.:
Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France.
grand or impressive: an imposing building

“that impresses by appearance or manner,” 1786, from present participle of impose (v.). Related: Imposingly.


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