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
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.
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.