To impose upon


To impose upon
Impose Im*pose", v. i. To practice tricks or deception. [1913 Webster]

{To impose on} or {To impose upon}, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. ``He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things.'' --Locke. (b) to place an unwelcome burden or obligation on (another person); as, she imposed on her friend to drive her daughter to school. (c) to take unfair advantage of (a person, a friendship); as, he imposed on his friendship with The Mayor to gain business. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • a description given to the outright ownership of land that did not impose upon its owner the performance of feudal duties. — a description given to the outright ownership of land that did not impose upon its owner the performance of feudal duties. A writing or signature made by one person for another. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005 …   Law dictionary

  • impose — [im pōz′] vt. imposed, imposing [Fr, altered by assoc. with poser (see POSE1) < L imponere, to place upon < in , on + ponere: see POSITION] 1. to place or set (a burden, tax, fine, etc. on or upon) as by authority 2. to force (oneself, one… …   English World dictionary

  • Impose — Im*pose , v. i. To practice tricks or deception. [1913 Webster] {To impose on} or {To impose upon}, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things. Locke. (b) to place an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impose — v 1. lay on, set, put on, place, enjoin; levy, assess, charge, burden; encumber, superpose, saddle with; prescribe, dictate, mark out, inflict, direct, command, decree, bid, call upon; demand, require, ask, exact, tax, U.S. doom. 2. obtrude,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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  • impose on — phrasal or impose upon 1. a. : to force oneself especially obnoxiously on (others) b. obsolete : to encroach or infringe on : infringe …   Useful english dictionary