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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: imposer, from Latin imponere, from ponere 'to put'

impose

verb
     
im‧pose W2
1 [transitive] if someone in authority imposes a rule, punishment, tax etc, they force people to accept it:
The court can impose a fine.
impose something on something/somebody
The government imposed a ban on the sale of ivory.
2 [transitive] to force someone to have the same ideas, beliefs etc as you
impose something on somebody
parents who impose their own moral values on their children
3 [intransitive] formal to expect or ask someone to do something for you when this is not convenient for them
impose on/upon
We could ask to stay the night, but I don't want to impose on them.
4 [transitive] to have a bad effect on something or someone and to cause problems for them
impose a burden/hardship etc (on somebody/something)
Military spending imposes a huge strain on the economy.

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