Impose definition

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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 establish or apply as compulsory; levy.

Impose a tax.

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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 enforce: compel to behave in a certain way.

Social relations impose courtesy.

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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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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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(archaic) 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 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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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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(printing) To arrange (type or plates) on an imposing stone.
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To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off.

Imposed a fraud on consumers.

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To place or set (a burden, tax, fine, etc. on or upon) as by authority.
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impose on
  • to take advantage of; put to some trouble or use unfairly for one's own benefit
  • to cheat or defraud
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of impose - empose

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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