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impose

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verb im·pose \im-ˈpōz\

Simple Definition of impose

  • : to cause (something, such as a tax, fine, rule, or punishment) to affect someone or something by using your authority

  • : to establish or create (something unwanted) in a forceful or harmful way

  • : to force someone to accept (something or yourself)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impose

imposed

imposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to establish or apply by authority <impose a tax> <impose new restrictions> <impose penalties> b :  to establish or bring about as if by force <those limits imposed by our own inadequacies — C. H. Plimpton>

  3. 2 a :  place, set b :  to arrange (as pages) in the proper order for printing

  4. 3 :  pass off <impose fake antiques on the public>

  5. 4 :  to force into the company or on the attention of another <impose oneself on others>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to take unwarranted advantage of something <imposed on his good nature>

imposer

noun

Examples of impose in a sentence

  1. The judge imposed a life sentence.

  2. I needed to break free from the limits imposed by my own fear of failure.



Origin and Etymology of impose

Middle French imposer, from Latin imponere, literally, to put upon (perfect indicative imposui), from in- + ponere to put — more at position


First Known Use: 1581



IMPOSE Defined for Kids

impose

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verb im·pose \im-ˈpōz\

Definition of impose for Students

imposed

imposing

  1. 1 :  to establish or apply as a charge or penalty <The judge imposed a fine.>

  2. 2 :  to force someone to accept or put up with <Don't impose your beliefs on me.>

  3. 3 :  to ask for more than is fair or reasonable :  take unfair advantage <Guests imposed on his good nature.>





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