verb (used with object), imposed, imposing.
to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.:
to impose taxes.
to put or set by or as if by authority:
to impose one’s personal preference on others.
to obtrude or thrust (oneself, one’s company, etc.) upon others.
to pass or palm off fraudulently or deceptively:
He imposed his pretentious books on the public.
Printing. to lay (type pages, plates, etc.) in proper order on an or the like and secure in a chase for printing.
to lay on or inflict, as a penalty.
Archaic. to put or place on something, or in a particular place.
Obsolete. to lay on (the hands) ceremonially, as in confirmation or ordination.
verb (used without object), imposed, imposing.
to make an impression on the mind; impose one’s or its authority or influence.
to obtrude oneself or one’s requirements, as upon others:
Are you sure my request doesn’t impose?
to presume, as upon patience or good nature.
verb usually foll by on or upon
(transitive) to establish as something to be obeyed or complied with; enforce: to impose a tax on the people
to force (oneself, one’s presence, etc) on another or others; obtrude
(intransitive) to take advantage, as of a person or quality: to impose on someone’s kindness
(transitive) (printing) to arrange pages so that after printing and folding the pages will be in the correct order
(transitive) to pass off deceptively; foist: to impose a hoax on someone
(transitive) (of a bishop or priest) to lay (the hands) on the head of a candidate for certain sacraments
late 14c., “to lay (a crime, etc.) to the account of,” from Old French imposer “put, place; impute, charge, accuse” (c.1300), from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (see in- (2)) + poser “put, place” (see pose (v.1)). Sense of “to lay on as a burden” first recorded 1580s. Related: Imposed; imposing.
[im-poh-zing] /ɪmˈpoʊ zɪŋ/ adjective 1. very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.: Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France. [im-pohz] /ɪmˈpoʊz/ verb (used with object), imposed, imposing. 1. to lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.: to impose taxes. 2. to put […]
[im-poh-zing] /ɪmˈpoʊ zɪŋ/ adjective 1. very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.: Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France. /ɪmˈpəʊzɪŋ/ adjective 1. grand or impressive: an imposing building adj. “that impresses by appearance or manner,” 1786, from present participle of impose (v.). Related: Imposingly.
noun, Printing. 1. a slab, formerly of stone but now usually of metal, on which pages of type or plates are imposed and on which type correcting in the page is done. noun 1. (printing) a flat hard surface upon which pages printed from hot metal are imposed
[im-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/ noun 1. the laying on of something as a burden or obligation. 2. something , as a burden or duty; an unusual or extraordinarily burdensome requirement or task. 3. the act of by or as if by authority. 4. an instance of upon a person: He did the favor but […]