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.
adj : set forth authoritatively as obligatory; "the imposed
taxation"; "rules imposed by society"