- 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.
- impose on/upon,
- 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
Examples from the Web for imposer
Historical Examples of imposer
An oath obligeth not in the sense of the imposer, but the taker's.Books Condemned to be Burnt
James Anson Farrer
The first imposer of names was a philosopher who followed the theory of Herakleitus — perpetual flux of everything.
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)
All men confess that private vows bind; and the nullity of the imposer's authority, maketh them but private vows.
It is ordinarily resolved that imposed oaths must be kept according to the sense of the imposer.
- (tr) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforceto 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 qualityto 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; foistto impose a hoax on someone
- (tr) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
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.