- 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 [transitive] impose something (on/upon somebody/something) to force somebody/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 [transitive] impose something (on/upon somebody) to make somebody 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[intransitive] to expect somebody 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[transitive] impose yourself (on/upon somebody/something) to make somebody/something accept or be aware of your presence or ideas European civilization was the first to impose itself across the whole world. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘impute’): from French imposer, from Latin imponere
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BrE BrE//ɪmˈpəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpoʊz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impose
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpoʊz//he / she / it imposes
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpəʊzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpoʊzɪz//past simple imposed
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpəʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpoʊzd//past participle imposed
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpəʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpoʊzd//-ing form imposing
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpəʊzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpoʊzɪŋ//