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English definition of “impose”

impose

verb uk   /ɪmˈpəʊz/ us    /-ˈpoʊz/

impose verb (FORCE)

C1 [T] to officially force a rule, tax, punishment, etc. to be obeyed or received: Very high taxes have recently been imposed on cigarettes. Judges are imposing increasingly heavy fines for minor driving offences. The council has imposed a ban on alcohol in the city parks. C1 [T] to force someone to accept something, especially a belief or way of living: I don't want them to impose their religious beliefs on my children. We must impose some kind of order on the way this office is run.

impose verb (EXPECT)

[I] to expect someone to do something for you or spend time with you when they do not want to or when it is not convenient for them: Are you sure it's all right for me to come tonight? I don't want to impose. She's always imposing on people - asking favours and getting everyone to do things for her.
(Definition of impose from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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