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im·pose / imˈpōz/ • v. 1. [tr.] force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place: the decision was theirs and was not imposed on them by others. ∎  forcibly put (a restriction) in place: sanctions imposed on South Africa. ∎  require (a duty, charge, or penalty) to be undertaken or paid. ∎  (impose oneself) exert firm control over something: the director was unable to impose himself on the production.2. [intr.] take advantage of someone by demanding their attention or commitment: she realized that she had imposed on Miss Hatherby's kindness.3. [tr.] Printing arrange (pages of type) so that they will be in the correct order after printing and folding.ORIGIN: late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘impute’): from French imposer, from Latin imponere ‘inflict, deceive’ (from in- ‘in, upon’ + ponere ‘put’), but influenced by impositus ‘inflicted’ and Old French poser ‘to place.’