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verb impose pronunciation in American English /ɪmˈpoʊz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyimpose
he/she/itimposes
present participleimposing
past tenseimposed
past participleimposed
  1. 1
    [transitive] to introduce something such as a new law or new system, and force people to accept it
    rules and regulations imposed by national governments
    impose something on someone/something: They have imposed restrictions on trade with foreign companies.
    1. a.
      to force someone to have the same opinion, belief, etc. as you
      impose something on someone: I wouldn’t want to impose my views on anyone.
    2. b.
      to give someone something unpleasant to deal with
      impose something on someone: This new tax is imposing an unfair burden on employers.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to cause extra work for someone by asking them to do something that may not be convenient for them
    They invited me to dinner, but I didn’t want to impose.
    impose yourself: I was worried that they would think I was imposing myself.
    impose on: Please come and stay. You wouldn’t be imposing on us at all.
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