Impose

Definition of Impose

Im`pose´
v. t.1.To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.
[imp. & p. p. Imposed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Imposing.]
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.
v. i.1.To practice tricks or deception.
To impose on
a - to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud.
b - to place an unwelcome burden or obligation on (another person); as, she imposed on her friend to drive her daughter to school.
- Locke.
c - to take unfair advantage of (a person, a friendship); as, he imposed on his friendship with The Mayor to gain business.
n.1.A command; injunction.

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