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.
- im·pos·a·ble, adjective
- im·pos·er, noun
- o·ver·im·pose, verb (used with object), o·ver·im·posed, o·ver·im·pos·ing.
- pre·im·pose, verb (used with object), pre·im·posed, pre·im·pos·ing.
- re·im·pose, verb, re·im·posed, re·im·pos·ing.
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How to use impose in a sentence
Maryland has allowed local governments to impose more restrictive policies than the state, and leaders in the Washington region generally have opted to reopen more slowly.Maryland counties add coronavirus restrictions as infections rise across the Washington region | Rachel Chason, Erin Cox | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Other nations, including Australia and New Zealand, have tried to protect native wildlife by imposing restrictions on cat owners, such as “cat curfews” that require cats to be indoors after dark.These Photos Remind Us Why Conservation Matters - Issue 92: Frontiers | Kevin Berger | November 11, 2020 | Nautilus
The governor said it’s not the time to toughen enforcement or impose new restrictions.Maryland governor adds coronavirus restrictions as cases surge across the Washington region | Rebecca Tan, Erin Cox, Patricia Sullivan | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Meanwhile, governors and mayors and their health department officials struggled to decide how to impose restrictions and for how long.These venues are high-risk areas for spreading the coronavirus, model suggests | Ben Guarino, Joel Achenbach | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
They might not be happy with their penalties imposed by the NFL for protocol violations, but on the field, at least, things are looking up.NFL Week 10 power rankings: Saints move up on the heels of the Steelers and Chiefs | Mark Maske | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
The first imposer of names was a philosopher who followed the theory of Herakleitus — perpetual flux of everything.
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.
Between a sincere, involuntary misunderstanding the imposer, and a voluntary, fraudulent reservation or private sense.
The imposer of the rule in the phrase which Hobbes had made famous is the 'sovereign.'The English Utilitarians, Volume I. | Leslie Stephen
British Dictionary definitions for impose
(tr) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforce: to 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 quality: to 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; foist: to impose a hoax on someone
(tr) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
- imposable, adjective
- imposer, noun
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