- 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
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Related Words for reimposerepair, recover, rescue, strengthen, reinstate, rebuild, revive, refurbish, renovate, replace, reinforce, rehabilitate, revitalize, reconstruct, renew, reestablish, modernize, improve, retouch, rejuvenate
Examples from the Web for reimpose
Contemporary Examples of reimpose
Even if the regime manages to reimpose its authority over the city, however, Aleppo is much more fractured than before.As Syrian Troops Pour Into Aleppo, Rebels Warn of Drawn-Out War
July 26, 2012
Clift: Some people say we should just reimpose the Glass-Steagall Act.Barney Frank on JPMorgan’s Contradictions, Mitt Romney’s Mistakes
May 26, 2012
Why the reluctance to reimpose Glass-Steagall protections, which worked so well for so long?How Obama Wimped Out
April 29, 2010
Historical Examples of reimpose
Every subsequent attempt to reimpose that yoke213 was foiled.Ten Tudor Statesmen
Arthur D. Innes
When order was restored and the tribunal was re-established, there was a fruitless effort made to reimpose them.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 3
Henry Charles Lea
All such acts of misplaced mercy were pronounced void, and Zoen was ordered to reimpose all such penalties without appeal.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II
Henry Charles Lea
It always ended with a reservation of power to modify, to mitigate, to increase, and to reimpose at discretion.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume I
Henry Charles Lea
Once more the normal aspect of the situation began to reimpose itself upon the two women.The Zeppelin's Passenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- to establish previously imposed laws, controls, etc, again
- (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
Word Origin and History for reimpose
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.