• To establish or apply by authority.
  • to be an inconvenience (on or upon)
  • to enforce: compel to behave in a certain way
  • To practice a trick or deception (on or upon).
  • To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
  • 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.


  • Borrowed from Middle French imposer ("to lay on, impose"), taking the place of Latin imponere ("to lay on, impose"), from .

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