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. "What fates impose, that men must needs abide." (Shak) "Death is the penalty imposed." (Milton) "Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws." (Waller)
Origin: F. Imposer; pref. Im- in + poser to place. See Pose.
(01 Mar 1998)
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