• An imposing building overshadows cobbled streets
    An imposing building overshadows cobbled streets
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v impose impose something unpleasant "The principal visited his rage on the students"
    • v impose impose and collect "levy a fine"
    • v impose compel to behave in a certain way "Social relations impose courtesy"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A view of the exterior of the imposing hotel A view of the exterior of the imposing hotel
Features include imposing buildings, an obelisk and a fountain Features include imposing buildings, an obelisk and a fountain

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Belgium is the only country that has never imposed censorship for adult films.
    • n Impose A command; injunction.
    • Impose (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.
    • Impose 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 .""Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws."
    • Impose (Eccl) To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
    • Impose To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit. "Cakes of salt and barley [she] did impose Within a wicker basket."
    • v. i Impose To practice tricks or deception.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston Tea Party," resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
    • impose To lay on, or set on; put, place, or deposit: as, to impose, the hands in ordination or confirmation.
    • impose To lay as a burden, or something to be borne or endured; levy, inflict, or enforce, as by authority, power, or influence: as, to impose taxes or penalties; to impose one's opinions upon others.
    • impose To obtrude fallaciously or deceitfully; palm off; pass off.
    • impose To fix upon; impute.
    • impose To subject by way of punishment.
    • impose In printing, to lay upon an imposing-stone or the bed of a press and secure in a chase, as pages of type or stereotype plates. Pages or plates constituting a form or sheet are imposed in such order and at such intervals that they will appear in their right places and with the desired margin when the sheet printed from them is folded.
    • impose To lay or place a burden or restraint; act with constraining effect: with upon: as, to impose upon one's patience or hospitality.
    • impose To practise misleading trickery or imposture; act with a delusive effect: with upon: as, to impose upon one with false pretenses.
    • n impose Command; injunction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "guinea pig" originated when a tax was imposed on powder for wigs in England to help pay for the war with Napoleon. The list of those who had paid the guinea (one pound, one shilling) was posted on their parish church door. As they were the wealthy of the day, they became known as the guinea pigs.
    • v.t Impose im-pōz′ to place upon: to lay on: to enjoin or command: to put over by authority or force: to obtrude unfairly: to pass off:
    • v.i Impose (with upon) to mislead or deceive: act with constraining effect
    • n Impose (Shak.) command, injunction
    • v.t Impose im-pōz′ (print.) to arrange or place in a chase, as pages of type
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  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way.”
  • Motto
    “Rank imposes obligation.”
  • Icarus
    “All limits are self imposed.”
  • Milton Friedman
    “Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. imposer,; pref. im-, in + poser, to place. See Pose (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. imposer—L. in, on, ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

The Bishop appointed me to this duty, thus imposing severe labor for the session.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
In the meantime every obligation imposed by treaty or conventional stipulations should be sacredly respected.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Polk" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
A keen, dynamic-looking man of middle years and an imposing presence.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
A couple of miles below Pasiest we enjoy an imposing spectacle.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
They impose upon us corresponding obligations.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
A few days later we took part in a most imposing procession.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
A guild imposed fines for any injury of one member by another member.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
There is something Chinese about him; and he is one of those rare Europeans who have dealt in "imposed" rather than "built-up" design.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
They must be imposed by the community, and nothing less than the whole community.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
The officers required for the proper administration of the duties imposed have been selected.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley

In poetry:

The mighty God, the wise and just,
Knows that our frame is feeble dust;
And will no heavy loads impose
Beyond the strength that he bestows.
"Psalm 103 part 2" by Isaac Watts
And with the silence of those high treetops
Was neighbour only the imposing sky
And in the echoed crowing of the cocks
The distances and distances rang by:
"August" by Boris Pasternak
Hold thy afflicting hand, and soothe my woes,
Abate my sorrow, and allay my pain,
Nor on my soul a greater load impose,
Than this my sickly body can sustain.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard
Thus statesman-like, I'll saucily impose,
And safe from danger valiantly advise,
Sheltered in impotence, urge you to blows,
And being good for nothing else, be wise.
"The Disabled Debauchee" by Lord John Wilmot
Behind the door, beyond the light,
Who is it waits there in the night?
When he has entered he will stand,
Imposing with his silent hand
Some silent thing upon the night.
"Haschisch" by Arthur Symons
The best amongst them will not now admit
Of those impostures, or such pray'rs permit,
Or none but cheats, whose aim is to impose,
And gain alone unto themselves propose.
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard

In news:

How Eric Schmidt Imposed Better Management Tactics But Didn't Stifle Search Giant.
Left, an imposing slab of limestone known as El Capitan rises from the desert floor.
Nepal hopes to curb abuse for women by imposing a ban on migrant workers under 30 from working in Gulf states .
On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted the Qatari's life ban from soccer imposed by FIFA for his role in a vote-buying scheme in the Caribbean during his 2011 bid for the FIFA presidency.
In Israel, controversy surrounds ultra-Orthodox Jews' attempts to impose discriminatory social codes on non-Orthodox, especially women.
When Franklin D Roosevelt imposed austerity, unemployment spiked.
Washington, DC June 3, 2009 – Federal regulations impose a whopping $1.17 trillion last year in compliance burdens on Americans, finds a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Airlines impose holiday surcharge for winter flights.
COLUMBIA — Kony Ealy is an imposing figure, standing 6-foot-5 inches tall and weighing 265 pounds.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scorned UN Security Council sanctions imposed against Iran, telling a crowd Tuesday that Iran had humiliated the United States in the past and would do so again.
A leading Obamaite union man would impose the Chinese model on his own country -- and he's hardly alone.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 is imposing new restrictions on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The short version is that he refused to apologize what he did in Massachusetts, but vowed not to impose it on the rest of the country.
An NGO worker in Congo says of the Dodd-Frank legislation: 'The motivation behind the law is very good – to impose transparency.
While much of Iraq remains mired in war, the semiautonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq has enjoyed relative safety and prosperity, thanks to a no-fly-zone imposed by the United States in 1991 after the first gulf war.

In science:

The first class corresponds to generic Dirac hamiltonians with no constraints imposed.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
For the operators H to be minimal, only a type C or a type K symmetry can be imposed.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
Let us first impose only one type of symmetry.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
We may also impose together a type Q with a type C symmetry.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
Since their product is a symmetry of type K with ǫk = ǫq ǫc , we are actually imposing simultaneously three compatible symmetries of different types.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions