Impose meaning

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To establish or apply as compulsory; levy.

Impose a tax.

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To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off.

Imposed a fraud on consumers.

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To force oneself on or take unfair advantage of others.

You are always imposing on their generosity.

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To place or set (a burden, tax, fine, etc. on or upon) as by authority.
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To force (oneself, one's presence or will, etc.) on another or others without right or invitation; obtrude.
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To pass off; foist, esp. by deception.

To impose false cures on unsuspecting patients.

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To arrange (pages of type or plates) in a frame in the proper order of printing.
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To place; put; deposit.
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To lay (the hands) on, as in ordaining.
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To establish or apply by authority.
  • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012).
    Localities across New Jersey imposed curfews to prevent looting. In Monmouth, Ocean and other counties, people waited for hours for gasoline at the few stations that had electricity. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare.

Congress imposed new tariffs.

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(intransitive) To be an inconvenience.

I don't wish to impose upon you.

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To enforce: compel to behave in a certain way.

Social relations impose courtesy.

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To practice a trick or deception.
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To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
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To arrange in proper order on a table of stone or metal and lock up in a chase for printing; said of columns or pages of type, forms, etc.
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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.

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To bring about by authority or force; force to prevail.

Impose a peace settlement.

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To obtrude or force (oneself, for example) on another or others.
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To arrange (type or plates) on an imposing stone.
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Origin of impose

Middle English imposen from Old French imposer alteration (influenced by poser to put, place) of Latin impōnere to place upon in- on in–2 pōnere to place apo- in Indo-European roots