- The definition of impose is to go somewhere where you aren't welcome or to force beliefs or ideas on other people.
- An example of impose is when you show up unannounced at a wedding to which you weren't invited.
- An example of impose is when you make other people sit and listen to your sermons and try forcefully to get them to believe in your religion.
impose definition by Webster's New World
- to place or set (a burden, tax, fine, etc. on or upon) as by authority
- to force (oneself, one's presence or will, etc.) on another or others without right or invitation; obtrude
- to pass off; palm off; foist, esp. by deception: to impose false cures on unsuspecting patients
- to arrange (pages of type or plates) in a frame in the proper order of printing
- Archaic to place; put; deposit
- to lay (the hands) on, as in ordaining
Origin: French altered by associated, association with poser (see pose) ; from Classical Latin imponere, to place upon ; from in-, on plush ponere: see position
- imposer noun
impose definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb im·posed, im·pos·ing, im·pos·es verb, transitive
- To establish or apply as compulsory; levy: impose a tax.
- To apply or make prevail by or as if by authority: impose a peace settlement. See Synonyms at dictate.
- To obtrude or force (oneself, for example) on another or others.
- Printing To arrange (type or plates) on an imposing stone.
- To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off: imposed a fraud on consumers.
Origin: Middle English imposen, from Old French imposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin impōnere, to place upon : in-, on; see in-2 + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
- im·posˈer noun
impose - Phrases/Idioms
impose onor impose upon
- Rare to make a strong impression on
- to take advantage of; put to some trouble or use unfairly for one's own benefit
- to cheat or defraud