impose

To impose means to force or inflict something on someone else. If you want to impose your musical taste on your parents, play your tunes all day at top volume.

The verb impose emerged in the 1580s, meaning "to lay on as a burden," which is very similar to the modern meaning. Governments often impose taxes, legal restrictions, and other burdensome things on citizens, for example. But you should remember what Confucius once wisely said: "Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire."

Definitions of impose
  1. verb
    charge and collect payment
    synonyms: levy
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    toll
    charge a fee for using
    tithe
    levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
    reimpose
    impose anew
    lay
    impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
    mulct
    impose a fine on
    tax
    levy a tax on
    distrain
    levy a distress on
    excise
    levy an excise tax on
    tariff
    charge a tariff
    surtax
    levy an extra tax on
    overtax
    tax excessively
    type of:
    bill, charge
    demand payment
  2. verb
    compel to behave in a certain way
    “Social relations impose courtesy”
    synonyms: enforce
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    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
  3. verb
    inflict something unpleasant
    synonyms: bring down, inflict, visit
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    dictate, order, prescribe
    issue commands or orders for
    intrude, obtrude
    thrust oneself in as if by force
    clamp
    impose or inflict forcefully
    give
    inflict as a punishment
    foist
    to force onto another
    mandate
    make mandatory
    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
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