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verb     impose pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
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
    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 like to impose.

    impose on:

    Please come and stay. You wouldn’t be imposing on us at all.

    impose yourself:

    I was worried that they would think I was imposing myself.

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