from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to take unfair advantage of (a person, a friendship).


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  • N'ton would be returning for them at full dark, and he didn't want to impose on the bronze dragonrider by requiring him to wait about or return at a later time.

    Dragon Drums

  • Perhaps the most remarkable is Said's answer to my charge that he had falsified and rearranged the history of the Middle East to bear the structure of hypothesis that he wished to impose on it.

    Orientalism: An Exchange

  • While I don't wish to impose on you, I do want Father to be happy, and as you must know he is insisting that my partner, Michael Kossoff and I stay at the house on Beacon Street.

    Beacon Street Mourning

  • Governor Siddiq Pasha turned up, leading the delegation of Khartoum merchants that he intended to impose on Kordofan once Hicks had killed the Mahdi.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • Mgr Parisis, from 1841 to 1846, with a view to the re-establishment of the synodal organization and also to impose on the clergy the use of the Roman Breviary (see GUÉRANGER).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • In the drawing room he is polish'd, well bred, and from the pomp and magnificence of style in which he lives he cannot fail at first to impose on the stranger a good opinion of at least his gentlemanly manners, and courtlike behaviour.

    Charles Philip Yorke, Fourth Earl of Hardwicke, Vice-Admiral R.N.

  • Archelaos was considered by his subjects to be weakly helping to impose on them the Roman yoke with his own hand.

    Was Christ Born in Bethlehem?

  • I acquit him of trying to impose on us, but he should remember that the Illustrated London News may not be unknown in Pekin.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • Mrs. Sterling came and talked to her; divining a sympathy, the good mother had much to say of her son, of her hopes and her fears for him; so many dangers beset young men, especially if they were attractive, like Harry; there were debts, idleness, fast men, and -- worst of all -- there were designing women, ready to impose on and ruin the innocence of youth.

    Frivolous Cupid

  • Khalif Omar subjugated Persia in A.D. 641, resisted the efforts of the conquerors to impose on them the Moslem faith.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip


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