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Meaning of IMPOSE

Pronunciation:  im'powz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  impose something unpleasant; "The principal visited his rage on the students"
  2. [v]  impose and collect; "levy a fine"
  3. [v]  compel or impose; "Social relations impose courtesy"

IMPOSE is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: bring down, enforce, inflict, levy, visit
 See Also: bill, carry, charge, clamp, dictate, distrain, execute, fine, foist, give, intrude, lay, mulct, obtrude, order, prescribe, reimpose, tax, tithe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*pose"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imposed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Imposing}.] [F. imposer; pref. im- in + poser to place.
    See {Pose}, v. t.]
    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.
             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.
  2. \Im*pose"\, v. i.
    To practice trick or deception.
    {To impose on} or {upon}, to pass or put a trick on; to
       delude. ``He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for
       things.'' --Locke.
  3. \Im*pose"\, n.
    A command; injunction. [Obs.] --Shak.
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