verb (used with object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
verb (used without object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
- 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.
- impose on,
- imposing stone,
Origin of impose
Examples from the Web for impose
Expectations, reasonable or unrealistic, remain so even if we impose them on ourselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement|Tim Teeman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The United Nations was prompted to impose a ban on selling mainframe computers or laptops to North Korea.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The United States has tools to impose costs on the North Koreans.
We can, due to the critical issues at stake, also go one more step and impose an embargo.
Of course, even the proponents of these laws admitted there were no instances of Muslims trying to impose Islamic law.
I begin now to comprehend your disdain of customs which impose chains so idly galling on the liberty of our sex.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The League, furious at this stroke of policy, tried to impose a council of thirty-six advisers upon the king.
He should not be allowed to impose upon his own family or their neighbors a slovenly yard or garden.The Library of Work and Play: Guide and Index|Cheshire L. Boone
Its advocate concedes that Ridicule, to be a test of Truth, must not impose on us circumstances which are foreign to the object.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli
He wanted to impose his will on me, and I would not submit to it.My Double Life|Sarah Bernhardt
verb (usually foll by on or upon)
Word Origin for impose
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.