verb (used with object), imposed, imposing.
to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.: to impose taxes.
to put or set by or as if by authority: to impose one's personal preference on others.
to obtrude or thrust (oneself, one's company, etc.) upon others.
to pass or palm off fraudulently or deceptively: He imposed his pretentious books on the public.
Printing. to lay (type pages, plates, etc.) in proper order on an imposing stone or the like and secure in a chase for printing.
to lay on or inflict, as a penalty.
Archaic. to put or place on something, or in a particular place.
Obsolete. to lay on (the hands) ceremonially, as in confirmation or ordination.
verb (used without object), imposed, imposing.
to make an impression on the mind; impose one's or its authority or influence.
to obtrude oneself or one's requirements, as upon others: Are you sure my request doesn't impose?
to presume, as upon patience or good nature.
Verb phrases
impose on/upon,
to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
to defraud; cheat; deceive: A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.

1475–85; late Middle English < Middle French imposer, equivalent to im- im-1 + poser to pose1; see also pose2

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

3. force, foist. Unabridged
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impose (ɪmˈpəʊz)
vb (usually foll by on or upon)
1.  (tr) 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.  (intr) to take advantage, as of a person or quality: to impose on someone's kindness
4.  (tr) printing to arrange pages so that after printing and folding the pages will be in the correct order
5.  (tr) to pass off deceptively; foist: to impose a hoax on someone
6.  (tr) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
[C15: from Old French imposer, from Latin impōnere to place upon, from pōnere to place, set]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "to lay (a crime, etc.) to the account of," from M.Fr. imposer, from in- "into" + poser "put, place" (see pose). Sense of "to lay on as a burden" first recorded 1580s.
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Example sentences
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.
He tends to impose his ebullience on the music, whether or not the music
  demands it.
First, it would have to impose binding emissions limits of the sort that it has
  spent the last two decades evading.
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