- to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.: to impose taxes.
- to put or set by or as if by authority: to impose one's personal preference on others.
- to obtrude or thrust (oneself, one's company, etc.) upon others.
- to pass or palm off fraudulently or deceptively: He imposed his pretentious books on the public.
- Printing. to lay (type pages, plates, etc.) in proper order on an imposing stone or the like and secure in a chase for printing.
- to lay on or inflict, as a penalty.
- Archaic. to put or place on something, or in a particular place.
- Obsolete. to lay on (the hands) ceremonially, as in confirmation or ordination.
- to make an impression on the mind; impose one's or its authority or influence.
- to obtrude oneself or one's requirements, as upon others: Are you sure my request doesn't impose?
- to presume, as upon patience or good nature.
- impose on/upon,
- to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
- to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
- to defraud; cheat; deceive: A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.
Origin of impose
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Examples from the Web for imposed
Both state and federal rulings have imposed additional punishments on women by dint of the fact they were pregnant.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
A nighttime curfew that was imposed a few weeks ago seems barely enforced now—no doubt to the relief of the women at the Ramada.Eastern Ukraine Braces for ‘Full-Scale War’
November 17, 2014
In 1695, still under an imposed silence, she died in a plague sweeping the capital.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
The black abaya and facial covering was imposed on all female government employees, and on schools and universities.
And the black hejab was imposed on all non-Saudi women, regardless of their religion or creed.
The task now imposed upon him was a most distasteful and unwelcome one.Brave and Bold
We have sought no territory and we have imposed our will on none.
He imposed strict restraint on the gods whom he had made captive.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
At any rate, he imposed most successfully upon the mother of Allis.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I warn you, then, that I have imposed upon you a difficult, a dangerous task.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- (tr) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforceto impose a tax on the people
- to force (oneself, one's presence, etc) on another or others; obtrude
- (intr) to take advantage, as of a person or qualityto impose on someone's kindness
- (tr) printing to arrange pages so that after printing and folding the pages will be in the correct order
- (tr) to pass off deceptively; foistto impose a hoax on someone
- (tr) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
Word Origin and History for imposed
late 14c., "to lay (a crime, etc.) to the account of," from Old French imposer "put, place; impute, charge, accuse" (c.1300), from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Sense of "to lay on as a burden" first recorded 1580s. Related: Imposed; imposing.