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 imposer
It is ordinarily resolved that imposed oaths must be kept according to the sense of the imposer.
For the sinfulness of the imposer's act proveth no more, but that such a command did not oblige you to vow.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)|Richard Baxter
The first imposer of names was a philosopher who followed the theory of Herakleitus — perpetual flux of everything.
Between a sincere, involuntary misunderstanding the imposer, and a voluntary, fraudulent reservation or private sense.
All men confess that private vows bind; and the nullity of the imposer's authority, maketh them but private vows.
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.