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"impose" in British English

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imposeverb

uk   /ɪmˈpəʊz/  us   /ɪmˈpoʊz/
  • 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"impose" in American English

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imposeverb

 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 their culture on the peoples of the countries they conquered.
  • impose verb (INCONVENIENCE)

[I] to cause inconvenience to someone or to try to spend time 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 television ads aimed 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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