AskDefine | Define impose

Dictionary Definition



1 compel to behave in a certain way; "Social relations impose courtesy" [syn: enforce]
2 impose something unpleasant; "The principal visited his rage on the students" [syn: inflict, bring down, visit]
3 impose and collect; "levy a fine" [syn: levy]

User Contributed Dictionary




From imposer.


  1. to establish or apply by authority
    Congress imposed new tariffs.
  2. to be an inconvenience
    I don't wish to impose upon you.


to establish or apply by authority
to be an inconvenience



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, imposer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, imposer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, imposer




Extensive Definition

Imposing was a notable Australian thoroughbred racehorse.
He was a chestnut son of Todman from the Artic Explorer mare Hialeah.
Some of his major race victories included the 1979 AJC Epsom Handicap, AJC George Main Stakes and the STC Hill Stakes.
Retired to stud following his successful racing career, his progeny included the champion Super Impose, Imposera (1988 MRC Caulfield Cup) and Imprimatur (1986 AJC Spring Champion Stakes).

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