|Origin:||imposer, from Latin imponere, from ponere 'to put'|
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.
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
We could ask to stay the night, but I don't want to impose on them.
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.