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Definition of impose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impose
    he / she / it imposes
    past simple imposed
    -ing form imposing
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  1. 1[transitive] impose something (on/upon something/somebody) to introduce a new law, rule, tax, etc.; to order that a rule, punishment, etc. be used A new tax was imposed on fuel.
  2. 2[transitive] impose something (on/upon somebody/something) to force someone or something to have to deal with something that is difficult or unpleasant to impose limitations/restrictions/constraints on something This system imposes additional financial burdens on many people. The time limits are imposed on us by factors outside our control.
  3. 3[transitive] impose something (on/upon somebody) to make someone accept the same opinions, wishes etc. as your own She didn't want to impose her values on her family. It was noticeable how a few people managed to impose their will on the others.
  4. 4[intransitive] to expect someone to do something for you or to spend time with you, when it may not be convenient for them “You must stay for lunch.” “Well, thanks, but I don't want to impose…” impose on/upon somebody/something Everyone imposes on Dave's good nature.
  5. 5[transitive] impose yourself (on/upon somebody/something) to make someone or something accept or be aware of your presence or ideas European civilization was the first to impose itself across the whole world.
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