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.
Origin of impose
Synonyms for impose
Related Words for imposedappoint, levy, force, institute, require, introduce, order, foist, charge, place, promulgate, inflict, demand, put, establish, enforce, presume, visit, trespass, enjoin
Examples from the Web for imposed
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of imposed
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)
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.