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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
(Definition of impose verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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