What does impose mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enforce, impose(verb)

    compel to behave in a certain way

    "Social relations impose courtesy"

  2. inflict, bring down, visit, impose(verb)

    impose something unpleasant

    "The principal visited his rage on the students"

  3. levy, impose(verb)

    impose and collect

    "levy a fine"


  1. impose(Verb)

    to establish or apply by authority

    Congress imposed new tariffs.

  2. impose(Verb)

    to be an inconvenience

    I don't wish to impose upon you.

  3. impose(Verb)

    to enforce: compel to behave in a certain way

    Social relations impose courtesy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impose(verb)

    to lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit

    Etymology: [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place. See Pose, v. t.]

  2. Impose(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place. See Pose, v. t.]

  3. Impose(verb)

    to lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination

    Etymology: [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place. See Pose, v. t.]

  4. Impose(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place. See Pose, v. t.]

  5. Impose(verb)

    to practice trick or deception

    Etymology: [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place. See Pose, v. t.]

  6. Impose(noun)

    a command; injunction

    Etymology: [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place. See Pose, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impose

    im-pōz′, v.t. to place upon: to lay on: to enjoin or command: to put over by authority or force: to obtrude unfairly: to pass off: (print.) to arrange or place in a chase, as pages of type.—v.i. (with upon) to mislead or deceive: act with constraining effect.—n. (Shak.) command, injunction.—adjs. Impos′able, capable of being imposed or laid on; Impos′ing, commanding: adapted to impress forcibly.—adv. Impos′ingly.—ns. Impos′ingness; Imposi′tion, a laying on: laying on of hands in ordination: a tax, a burden: a deception. [Fr. imposer—L. in, on, ponĕre, to place.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4733

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impose' in Verbs Frequency: #330

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impose in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of impose in a Sentence

  1. Marco Rubio Rubio:

    What the President is banking on is that he's going to use a national security waiver to lift the sanctions on Iran, the economic sanctions that now exist. And we would simply re-impose the sanctions.

  2. Henry Miller:

    Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    It may be that the politics around setting up a cap-and-trade system, for example, shifts as well, obviously I'm not under any illusion that this Congress will impose something like that.

  4. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    Serious work must take place. We can withstand the sanctions and neutralize and foil the enemy's goals. If we don't, the enemy would proceed and place conditions on our nuclear program and impose sanctions, if sanctions are to be the way, the Iranian nation can also do it. A big collection of the world's oil and gas is in Iran so Iran if necessary can hold back on the gas that Europe and the world is so dependent on.

  5. Beata Szydlo:

    The Polish government will never allow for anyone to impose their will on Poles, i am the prime minister of the Polish government, and my compatriots' opinion is and always will be supreme. I am a European, but above all I am a Pole.

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