Monday, September 23, 2013

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im·pose [im-pohz] verb, im·posed, im·pos·ing. verb (used with object) 

1. To lay on or set as something to be borne, endured, obeyed, fulfilled, paid, etc.: to impose taxes.
2. To put or set by or as if by authority: to impose one's personal preference on others.
3. To obtrude or thrust (oneself, one's company, etc.) upon others.
4. To pass or palm off fraudulently or deceptively: He imposed his pretentious books on the public.
5. Printing. to lay (type pages, plates, etc.) in proper order on an imposing stone or the like and secure in a chase for printing.
6. to lay on or inflict, as a penalty.
7. Archaic. to put or place on something, or in a particular place.
8. Obsolete . to lay on (the hands) ceremonially, as in confirmation or ordination.
9. To make an impression on the mind; impose one's or its authority or influence.
10. To obtrude oneself or one's requirements, as upon others: Are you sure my request doesn't impose?
11. To presume, as upon patience or good nature. Verb phrases
12. impose on upon,
a. to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
b. to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
c. to defraud; cheat; deceive: A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public. 

1475–85; late Middle English < Middle French imposer, equivalent to im- im-1 + poser to pose1 ; see also pose2
Related forms
im·pos·a·ble, adjective
im·pos·er, noun
o·ver·im·pose, verb (used with object), o·ver·im·posed, o·ver·im·pos·ing.
pre·im·pose, verb (used with object), pre·im·posed, pre·im·pos·ing.
re·im·pose, verb, re·im·posed, re·im·pos·ing. 


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