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.
- im·pos·a·ble, adjective
- im·pos·er, noun
- o·ver·im·pose, verb (used with object), o·ver·im·posed, o·ver·im·pos·ing.
- pre·im·pose, verb (used with object), pre·im·posed, pre·im·pos·ing.
- re·im·pose, verb, re·im·posed, re·im·pos·ing.
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How to use impose in a sentence
Before the coronavirus pandemic imposed restrictions on physical contact, the Patrick Henry and Georgetown students gathered in person, and over the course of the program, they interacted with different partners.An innovative Georgetown lab looks to theater to quell political fires | Peter Marks | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The second wave of internet regulation laws is now targeting platforms by imposing demands.Uganda’s election is a key moment for the splinternet in Africa | Odanga Madung | February 10, 2021 | Quartz
In one case, the governor imposes strict lockdowns, mask wearing, and so on.“We did the worst job in the world”: Lawrence Wright on America’s botched Covid-19 response | Sean Illing | February 9, 2021 | Vox
The Reagan-era Lifeline program imposes fees on telecom giants such as AT&T and Verizon, which pass them along to phone subscribers on their monthly bills.
If Amazon were to make what the FTC considers “deceptive earnings claims” for a second time, the agency would then have the authority to impose civil penalties as well.Why Amazon’s $62 Million FTC Labor Settlement Is a Bigger Deal Than the Bezos News | Abby Vesoulis | February 4, 2021 | Time
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 | THE 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 | THE 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.
I make a distinction between personal essays and memoir, which is a personal distinction, not one I would impose upon others.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life | David Yaffe | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Any delay in covering such deficit shall be subject to such charge as the Federal Reserve Board may impose.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Hence, in their professed attempt to aid the memory, they really impose a new and additional burden upon it.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
An attempt to impose an imitation on a practised judge is always productive of an unpleasant result.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
But he failed to impose upon the Colonel, and was even far from impressing him with this trumped-up knowledge of bygone days.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Moreover, it must be prejudicial to the national interest to impose parliamentary taxes.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
British Dictionary definitions for impose
(tr) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforce: to 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 quality: to 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; foist: to impose a hoax on someone
(tr) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
- imposable, adjective
- imposer, noun
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