1 [with object] force (an unwelcome decision or ruling) on someone:the decision was theirs and was not imposed on them by others put (a restriction) in place:sanctions imposed on South Africa require (a duty, charge, or penalty) to be undertaken or paid: a fine may be imposed
(impose oneself on
) exert firm control over:the director was unable to impose himself on the production
2 [no object] take advantage of someone by demanding their attention or commitment:she realized that she had imposed on Mark’s kindness
3 [with object] Printing arrange (pages of type) so as to be in the correct order after printing and folding.