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English definition of “impose”

impose

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪmˈpəʊz/
ORDER OFFICIALLY to officially order that a rule, tax, punishment, etc will happen: to impose a ban/tax The judge imposed the death penalty on both men.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
FORCE TO ACCEPT to force someone to accept a belief or way of living: I don't want them to impose their religious beliefs on my children.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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