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 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|Emily Shire|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And if a travel ban were imposed, the help would be needed more than ever.They May Sound Like a Good Idea, But Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work|Abby Haglage|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our courts, however, have recognized limits to free speech, and to that end the MTA has imposed certain regulations.To Fight Pam Geller, Join Our Comedy Jihad at the MTA|Dean Obeidallah|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Exile was then imposed as a penance on Columba, whose act had been the original cause of offence.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)|Richard Bagwell
The latter is paid by the persons upon whom it is imposed; the former, by a different set of persons.
They were in earnest, and I saw nothing unreasonable in the oath they imposed on me.The Pirate of the Mediterranean|W.H.G. Kingston
It may be imposed upon us by circumstances which we cannot control.Sermons|Clement Bailhache
Once, however, the oath was imposed three vital questions were raised.Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham|Harold J. Laski
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.