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

  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

  3. Impose(verb)

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

  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

  5. Impose(verb)

    to practice trick or deception

  6. Impose(noun)

    a command; injunction

  7. Origin: [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

How to pronounce impose?

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How to say impose in sign language?

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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. David Cameron:

    We should not impose further sanctions now.

  2. Confucius, Analects, XV.24:

    Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

  3. Golan Heights:

    Attempts to impose fait accompli do not change the facts.

  4. Ye Htut:

    The federal government needs to intervene to impose stricter restrictions.

  5. Chris Stewart:

    As the previous speaker found out you can't impose your will on the House.

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