Definition of impose
1a : to establish or apply by authority impose a tax impose new restrictions impose penaltiesb : to establish or bring about as if by force those limits imposed by our own inadequacies — C. H. Plimpton
3 : pass off impose fake antiques on the public
4 : to force into the company or on the attention of another impose oneself on others
: to take unwarranted advantage of something imposed on his good nature
Examples of impose in a Sentence
The judge imposed a life sentence.
I needed to break free from the limits imposed by my own fear of failure.
Recent Examples of impose from the Web
A county or municipality's fiscal body can pass an ordinance imposing, changing or rescinding that tax, Eaton-McKalip said.
Even before seeking to leave Paris, the Trump administration has already imposed steep cuts in U.S. programs to address climate change.
The Security Council has imposed six rounds of increasingly tough sanctions on North Korea.
President Rodrigo Duterte imposed 60 days of martial law last week in the southern Philippines as the city of Marawi came under siege by militants linked to the Islamic State group.
Under Macron’s Socialist predecessor, Francois Hollande, France solidly backed Germany in imposing European sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and covert military intervention in Ukraine.
Those conversations took place on the same day the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russian officials for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
But a jury in Chesapeake, Virginia, where the trial was moved because of pretrial publicity, chose a life sentence for Malvo, and Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush imposed that sentence in March 2004.
Because Iran has complied with the nuclear accord, the Senate committee had to find other reasons to impose the sanctions, and linked the penalties to Iran’s continued support for terrorism and its human rights violations, among other concerns.
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Did You Know?
The Latin imposui meant "put upon", and that meaning carried over into English in impose. A CEO may impose a new manager on one of the company's plants. A state may impose new taxes on luxury items or cigarettes, and the federal government sometimes imposes trade restrictions on another country to punish it. A polite apology might begin with "I hope I'm not imposing on you" (that is, "forcing my presence on you"). And a self-imposed deadline is one that you decide to hold yourself to.
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 English Language Learners
Definition of impose for English Language Learners
: 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)
IMPOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of impose for Students
1 : to establish or apply as a charge or penalty The judge imposed a fine.
2 : to force someone to accept or put up with Don't impose your beliefs on me.
3 : to ask for more than is fair or reasonable : take unfair advantage Guests imposed on his good nature.
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