Impose 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. [1913 Webster]

Cakes of salt and barley [she] did impose Within a wicker basket. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

What fates impose, that men must needs abide. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Death is the penalty imposed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eccl.) To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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