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
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v impose and collect

Synonyms:
levy
Types:
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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

v compel to behave in a certain way

“Social relations impose courtesy”
Synonyms:
enforce
Type of:
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something

v impose something unpleasant

Synonyms:
bring down, inflict, visit
Types:
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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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