Definitions of impose

  1. impose something unpleasant; " The principal visited his rage on the students"
  2. compel or impose; " Social relations impose courtesy"
  3. compel to behave in a certain way; " Social relations impose courtesy"
  4. To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.
  5. 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.
  6. To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
  7. To practice trick or deception.
  8. A command; injunction.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To place a burden upon; to take too much for granted or too much liberty with.
  12. To place upon: to lay on: to enjoin or command: to put over by authority or force: to obtrude unfairly: to palm off.
  13. To mislead or deceive.
  14. To place or lay on; place over; palm off.
  15. To levy or exact; lay or inflict, as a burden or trouble; palm off; followed by in or upon.
  16. To place a burden or inflict a deception ( upon); take unfair advantage.
  17. Imposable.
  18. 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.
  19. To lay or place on, as a burden or duty; to enjoin; to impose on, to deceive; to mislead by a false pretence.

Usage examples for impose

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. The separate States have not the power to impose such a tax. – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  4. Then are we to impose all our enactments on men and none of them on women? – Plato's Republic by Plato
  5. 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
  6. " 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  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. 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
  17. You have been letting us impose upon you. – April Hopes by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009