Impose Definition

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imposed, imposes, imposing
To place or set (a burden, tax, fine, etc. on or upon) as by authority.
Webster's New World
To establish or apply as compulsory; levy.
Impose a tax.
American Heritage
To bring about by authority or force; force to prevail.
Impose a peace settlement.
American Heritage
To force (oneself, one's presence or will, etc.) on another or others without right or invitation; obtrude.
Webster's New World
To pass off; foist, esp. by deception.
To impose false cures on unsuspecting patients.
Webster's New World
impose on
  • to take advantage of; put to some trouble or use unfairly for one's own benefit
  • to cheat or defraud
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Impose

  • impose on

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French imposer (“to lay on, impose”), taking the place of Latin imponere (“to lay on, impose”), from in (“on, upon”) + ponere (“to put place”).

    From Wiktionary


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