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impose

[ im-pohz ]
/ ɪmˈpoʊz /
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verb (used with object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
verb (used without object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
Verb Phrases
impose on / upon
  1. to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
  2. to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
  3. to defraud; cheat; deceive: A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.
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Origin of impose

First recorded in 1475–85; late Middle English, from Middle French imposer, equivalent to im- im-1 + poser “to stop, cease”; see pose1; see also pose2

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British Dictionary definitions for impose

impose
/ (ɪmˈpəʊz) /

verb (usually foll by on or upon)
(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

Derived forms of impose

imposable, adjectiveimposer, noun

Word Origin for impose

C15: from Old French imposer, from Latin impōnere to place upon, from pōnere to place, set
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