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Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Verb impose has 3 senses


imposev. t. [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place. See Pose, v. t.].
  •  To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.  [1913 Webster]
    "Cakes of salt and barley [she] did impose
    Within a wicker basket.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "What fates impose, that men must needs abide."  [1913 Webster]
    "Death is the penalty imposed."  [1913 Webster]
    "Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
imposev. i. 
     To practice tricks or deception.  [1913 Webster]
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.” Locke. (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.
     A command; injunction.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]


impose, v.
1 tr. (often foll. by on, upon) require (a tax, duty, charge, or obligation) to be paid or undertaken (by a person etc.).
2 tr. enforce compliance with.
3 intr. & refl. (foll. by on, upon, or absol.) demand the attention or commitment of (a person); take advantage of (I do not want to impose on you any longer; I did not want to impose).
4 tr. (often foll. by on, upon) palm (a thing) off on (a person).
5 tr. Printing lay (pages of type) in the proper order ready for printing.
6 intr. (foll. by on, upon) exert influence by an impressive character or appearance.
7 intr. (often foll. by on, upon) practise deception.
8 tr. archaic (foll. by upon) place (a thing).

ME f. F imposer f. L imponere imposit- inflict, deceive (as IN-(2), ponere put)



abuse, administer the Eucharist, anoint, appoint, ask, ask for, assess, authorize, barge in, blackmail, break in, break in upon, brook no denial, burden, burden with, burst in, butt in, call for, challenge, charge, charge for, charge in, chrism, claim, clamor for, come between, command, compel, compose, confirm, constrain, crash, crash in, crash the gates, creep in, crowd in, cry for, cut in, decree, demand, dictate, do duty, drag in, edge in, elbow in, encroach, enjoin, entrench, exact, exploit, extort, fasten upon, fob, foist, foist in, force, freight with, horn in, impinge, impose on, impose upon, indent, infiltrate, inflict, inflict on, inflict upon, infringe, insinuate, interfere, interlope, interpose, interrupt, intervene, intrude, invade, irrupt, issue an ultimatum, justify, lade, lay, lay down, lay hands on, lay on, leave no option, levy, make a demand, make dutiable, make free, make obligatory, make up, minister, misuse, necessitate, oblige, obtrude, officiate, ordain, order, order up, overrun, perform a rite, perform service, pi, pi a form, place, place an order, prescribe, press in, presume, pro rata, prorate, push in, put, put down, put in requisition, put on, put upon, require, requisition, rush in, saddle, saddle with, screw, set, set in print, slink in, slip in, smash in, sneak in, squeeze in, steal in, stick for, storm in, subject to, take advantage of, take liberties, take no denial, task, tax, throng in, thrust in, tithe, trench, trespass, use, visit, warn, weight down with, wish, work in, worm in, wreak, wreck, yoke with




VB command, order, decree, enact, ordain, dictate, direct, give orders, prescribe, set, appoint, mark out, set a task, prescribe a task, impose a task, set to work, put in requisition, bid, enjoin, charge, call upon, instruct, require at the hands of, exact, impose, tax, task, demand, insist on, claim, lay claim to, revendicate, reclaim, cite, summon, call for, send for, subpoena, beckon, issue a command, make a requisition, issue a requisition, promulgate a requisition, make a decree, issue a decree, promulgate a decree, make an order, issue an order, promulgate an order, give the word of command, give the word, give the signal, call to order, give the law, lay down the law, assume the command, remand, be ordered, receive an order.


VB respect, regard, revere, reverence, hold in reverence, honor, venerate, hallow, esteem, think much of, entertain respect for, bear respect for, look up to, defer to, have a high opinion of, hold a high opinion of, pay attention, pay respect, to, do honor to, render honor to, do the honors, hail, show courtesy, salute, present arms, do homage to, pay homage to, pay tribute to, kneel to, bow to, bend the knee to, fall down before, prostrate oneself, kiss the hem of one's garment, worship, keep one's distance, make room, observe due decorum, stand upon ceremony, command respect, inspire respect, awe, inspire awe, impose, overawe, dazzle.

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