impose Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “impose” in the English Dictionary

"impose" in British English

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uk   /ɪmˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/

impose verb (FORCE)

C1 [T] to ​officiallyforce a ​rule, ​tax, ​punishment, etc. to be ​obeyed or ​received: Very high ​taxes have ​recently been imposed oncigarettes. Judges are imposing ​increasinglyheavyfines for ​minordrivingoffences. The ​council has imposed a ​ban onalcohol in the ​cityparks.C1 [T] to ​force someone to ​accept something, ​especially a ​belief or way of ​living: I don't ​want them to impose ​theirreligiousbeliefs on my ​children. We must impose some ​kind of ​order on the way this ​office is ​run.
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impose verb (EXPECT)

[I] to ​expect someone to do something for you or ​spendtime 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 onpeople - ​askingfavours and getting everyone to do things for her.
(Definition of impose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"impose" in American English

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 us   /ɪmˈpoʊz/

impose verb (MAKE RULES)

[T] to ​establish something as a ​rule to be ​obeyed, or to ​force the ​acceptance of something: Settlers often imposed ​theirculture on the ​peoples of the ​countries they ​conquered.

impose verb (INCONVENIENCE)

[I] to ​causeinconvenience to someone or to ​try to ​spendtime with them when do not ​want you to: She’s always imposing on ​people for ​favors. I ​hope I’m not imposing by ​staying another ​night.
(Definition of impose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"impose" in Business English

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imposeverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪmˈpəʊz/
to ​introduce a new ​law, ​tax, ​rule, or punishment: impose a ban/restriction/penalty on sb/sth They are ​calling for the ​regulatory body to impose a ​ban on ​televisionadsaimed at the under-12s. to impose a ​fine/​tariff/​tax
(Definition of impose from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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