from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To establish or apply as compulsory; levy: impose a tax.
- transitive v. To apply or make prevail by or as if by authority: impose a peace settlement. See Synonyms at dictate.
- transitive v. To obtrude or force (oneself, for example) on another or others.
- transitive v. Printing To arrange (type or plates) on an imposing stone.
- transitive v. To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off: imposed a fraud on consumers.
- intransitive v. To take unfair advantage: You are always imposing on their generosity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To establish or apply by authority.
- v. to be an inconvenience
- v. to enforce: compel to behave in a certain way
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.
- transitive v. To lay as a charge, burden, tax, duty, obligation, command, penalty, etc.; to enjoin; to levy; to inflict.
- transitive v. To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To practice tricks or deception.
- n. A command; injunction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay on, or set on; put, place, or deposit: as, to impose, the hands in ordination or confirmation.
- To lay as a burden, or something to be borne or endured; levy, inflict, or enforce, as by authority, power, or influence: as, to impose taxes or penalties; to impose one's opinions upon others.
- To obtrude fallaciously or deceitfully; palm off; pass off.
- To fix upon; impute.
- To subject by way of punishment.
- In printing, to lay upon an imposing-stone or the bed of a press and secure in a chase, as pages of type or stereotype plates.
- To lay or place a burden or restraint; act with constraining effect: with upon: as, to impose upon one's patience or hospitality.
- To practise misleading trickery or imposture; act with a delusive effect: with upon: as, to impose upon one with false pretenses.
- n. Command; injunction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impose something unpleasant
- v. impose and collect
- v. compel to behave in a certain way
Middle English imposen, from Old French imposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin impōnere, to place upon : in-, on; + pōnere, to place.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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"). (Wiktionary)