Im·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imposed p. pr. & vb. n. Imposing.]
1. To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.
Cakes of salt and barley [she] did impose
Within a wicker basket. --Chapman.
2. 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.
What fates impose, that men must needs abide. --Shak.
Death is the penalty imposed. --Milton.
Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws. --Waller.
3. Eccl. To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
4. Print. 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.
Im·pose, v. i. To practice tricks or deception.
To impose on or To impose upon, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. “He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things.” (b) to place an unwelcome burden or obligation on (another person); as, she imposed on her friend to drive her daughter to school. (c) to take unfair advantage of (a person, a friendship); as, he imposed on his friendship with The Mayor to gain business.
Im·pose, n. A command; injunction. [Obs.]
v 1: compel to behave in a certain way; "Social relations impose
courtesy" [syn: enforce]
2: impose something unpleasant; "The principal visited his rage
on the students" [syn: inflict, bring down, visit]
3: impose and collect; "levy a fine" [syn: levy]