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Definitions of impose

  1.   compel or impose; " Social relations impose courtesy"
  2.   To levy or exact; lay or inflict, as a burden or trouble; palm off; followed by in or upon.
  3.   To lay as a charge, burden, tax, duty, obligation, command, penalty, etc.; to enjoin; to levy; to inflict; as, to impose a toll or tribute.
  4.   To lay or place on, as a burden or duty; to enjoin; to impose on, to deceive; to mislead by a false pretence.
  5.   To lay on; to enjoin; to obtrude deceptively; to arrange the pages for printing, and prepare the form for the press. To impose on, to deceive.
  6.   impose something unpleasant; " The principal visited his rage on the students"
  7.   To place or lay on; place over; palm off.
  8.   To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
  9.   To mislead or deceive.
  10.   compel to behave in a certain way; " Social relations impose courtesy"
  11.   Imposable.
  12.   impose and collect; " levy a fine"
  13.   To place upon: to lay on: to enjoin or command: to put over by authority or force: to obtrude unfairly: to palm off.
  14.   A command; injunction.
  15.   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.
  16.   To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.
  17.   To place a burden upon; to take too much for granted or too much liberty with.
  18.   To place upon; lay upon, as a burden, punishment, or charge; to pass off deceivingly; to intrude; in printing, to arrange in order and lock up in a kind of box for printing; said of forms, pages, etc.
  19.   To place a burden or inflict a deception ( upon); take unfair advantage.
  20.   To practice trick or deception.

Quotes of impose

  1. The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality. – John Barton
  2. Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self -deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture. – David Bohm
  3. Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. – Noam Chomsky
  4. No matter how many troops we have in place or how long they stay, we cannot impose a parliamentary democracy there any more than the insurgents can impose a theocracy. – Nick Clooney
  5. I don't accept the argument of people like David Horowitz that the government should impose some sort of predetermined political balance on academic research. – Juan Cole
  6. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. – Confucius
  7. There are Americans will find it difficult to believe that the Prime Minister can simply impose candidates on ridings, and can so efficiently move individuals out of private life and into the Cabinet with virtually no resort to the electorate. – Stockwell Day
  8. The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture -it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization. – Oriana Fallaci
  9. People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed, the moment you impose censorship disappears from man. – Milos Forman
  10. The European Union, which is not directly responsible to voters, provides an irresistible opportunity for European elites to seize power in order to impose their own vision on a newly socially regimented Europe. – Maggie Gallagher
  11. After all, we are not French and never can be, and any attempt to be so is to deny our inheritance and to try to impose upon ourselves a character that can be nothing but a veneer upon the surface. – Edward Hopper
  12. However, it must always remain a dialogue, and never an imposition of the church's own convictions and methods. Propose, not impose To serve, and not to dominate. – Claudio Hummes
  13. To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people. – James Monroe
  14. Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right to impose choices on other normal adults, except in abnormal circumstances, such as when one person finds another unconscious and administers medical assistance or calls an ambulance. – Tom G. Palmer
  15. Market forces impose certain rules before a film can actually get made. – Alan Rickman

Usage examples for impose

  1. You have been letting us impose upon you. ” – April Hopes by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  2. They seize people by military force upon mere suspicion, and impose on them oaths unknown to the laws. ” – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  3. They who say otherwise, intending to impose upon us, do not impose upon themselves. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  4. He showed how he would draw the line between those who ought and those who ought not to be permitted to drink tea; how each was to be described, and how, when anyone was suspected of taking tea, when he ought to be drinking beer, he was to tell on oath what his income was, that it might be judged whether he could pay the extremely high duty on tea which the plan would impose – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  5. He'd formed the habit of obedience and never once suspicioned that a woman had no right to impose on him just because she was his mother. ” – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  6. But now, under the reign of King William, guided by a vigorous minister, Bismarck, an example, whatever his admirers may say, of the brutal and unscrupulous Junker, the Prussian Government had for some time tried to impose its leadership on the other German States. ” – A History of the Third French Republic by C. H. C. Wright
  7. “ I would give up my place at his bedside altogether if you wished it, and you should not be troubled by my presence; but I see that you are not strong enough to be sole nurse, or to undertake the work that would be required of you, and that your own affection for him would impose upon you. ” – The Living Link by James De Mille
  8. The separate States have not the power to impose such a tax. ” – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  9. She already had made up her mind to submit in silence to what Laramie might suggest or impose – Laramie Holds the Range by Frank H. Spearman
  10. “ For years her father left me ignorant of how his life was passing, and it seemed to me he had no right to impose the care of his daughter upon me, just because I had once tried to be good to him and he had once seemed to love me. ” – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  11. Besides, I have been told not to allow you to speak much; so, sir, if I am to remain beside you at all, I must impose silence. ” – The Eagle Cliff by R.M. Ballantyne
  12. “ I do not want our engagement to impose impossible laws upon you, nor do I set up an imaginary standard for you. ” – To-morrow? by Victoria Cross
  13. The House Bill fails, on the other hand, to impose certain taxes the effect of which is to promote saving. ” – Government Ownership of Railroads, and War Taxation by Otto H. Kahn
  14. Then are we to impose all our enactments on men and none of them on women? ” – Plato's Republic by Plato
  15. Should the states reject a union upon solid and efficient principles, there needs but some daring genius to step forth, and impose an authority which future deliberation never can correct. ” – Essays on the Constitution of the United States by Paul Leicester Ford
  16. In these three words may be seen the conviction of Mr. Wilson, that he can impose his will upon England in this matter. ” – My Three Years in America by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
  17. In the mean time, it is left to the States to admit or prohibit the importation, and Congress may impose a limited duty upon it. ” – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  18. Let it not be said of us: 'They sacrificed the first interests of their country; they submitted to the control which England has sought in vain for four centuries to impose on France. ” – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  19. “ " Oh, my lady, my lady," cried Phoebe, piteously, " don't be so cruel to me; you know, you know that it isn't I who want to impose upon you." ” – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  20. “ For is it not true, gentlemen, that the great masses of England are against the measures you impose upon us? ” – Richard Carvel, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill

Rhymes for impose

Idioms for impose

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