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impose

[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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  • In addition to carrying-capacity limitations, the physical environment often imposes significant costs on human society.
  • Sure, the latter imposes problems and frustrations, but it's so much more rewarding in the long run.
  • No reading imposes itself to the advantage of some students and detriment of others.
  • Further, the department imposes restrictions on part time staff that it doesn't on full time faculty.
  • Censorship, which imposes a prior restraint upon the reader, is always bad.
  • The general accord with which it has been expressed adds to the great and never-ceasing obligations which it imposes.
  • The mind imposes its conditions on the object, and thus gets out of nature what it has already put into it.
  • The familiar essay is easier to write than the short story, but it imposes equal restraints on a scrupulous author.
  • The want of parsimony in time of peace, imposes the necessity of contracting debt in time of war.
  • The measure imposes penalties of up to a year in prison.
British Dictionary definitions for imposes

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 imposes

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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