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[im-pohz] /ɪmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), imposed, imposing.
1.
to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.:
to impose taxes.
2.
to put or set by or as if by authority:
to impose one's personal preference on others.
3.
to obtrude or thrust (oneself, one's company, etc.) upon others.
4.
to pass or palm off fraudulently or deceptively:
He imposed his pretentious books on the public.
5.
Printing. to lay (type pages, plates, etc.) in proper order on an imposing stone or the like and secure in a chase for printing.
6.
to lay on or inflict, as a penalty.
7.
Archaic. to put or place on something, or in a particular place.
8.
Obsolete. to lay on (the hands) ceremonially, as in confirmation or ordination.
verb (used without object), imposed, imposing.
9.
to make an impression on the mind; impose one's or its authority or influence.
10.
to obtrude oneself or one's requirements, as upon others:
Are you sure my request doesn't impose?
11.
to presume, as upon patience or good nature.
Verb phrases
12.
impose on/upon,
  1. to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
  2. to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
  3. to defraud; cheat; deceive:
    A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.
Origin
late Middle English
1475-1485
1475-85; late Middle English < Middle French imposer, equivalent to im- im-1 + poser to pose1; see also pose2
Related forms
imposable, adjective
imposer, noun
overimpose, verb (used with object), overimposed, overimposing.
preimpose, verb (used with object), preimposed, preimposing.
reimpose, verb, reimposed, reimposing.
subimposed, adjective
unimposed, adjective
well-imposed, adjective
Synonyms
3. force, foist.
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  • As air hits a bird in flight, it flows down the wings and creates vortices, which impose drag on a lone flyer.
  • Fortunately, the laws of nature impose tight limits on the maximum size that arthropods can attain.
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  • The problem is that buzzwords impose blinders, in much the same way that scientific paradigms do.
  • Academia will impose severe restrictions on your life options, as discussed elsewhere on these pages.
  • Sure, the pirates will impose small abuses, but they don't want anyone to die.
  • Iconic brands have enormous power, but they also impose constraints.
  • But as use of neural implants grows, so does concern over the damage that those devices can impose on neural tissue.
  • They're both a way of trying to impose a meaning that the author didn't intend and would not necessarily endorse.
British Dictionary definitions for impose

impose

/ɪmˈpəʊz/
verb usually foll by on or upon
1.
(transitive) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforce: to impose a tax on the people
2.
to force (oneself, one's presence, etc) on another or others; obtrude
3.
(intransitive) to take advantage, as of a person or quality: to impose on someone's kindness
4.
(transitive) (printing) to arrange pages so that after printing and folding the pages will be in the correct order
5.
(transitive) to pass off deceptively; foist: to impose a hoax on someone
6.
(transitive) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
Derived Forms
imposable, adjective
imposer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French imposer, from Latin impōnere to place upon, from pōnere to place, set
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Word Origin and History for impose
v.

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.

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