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Definition of "impose" []

  • To establish or apply as compulsory; levy: impose a tax. (verb-transitive)
  • To apply or make prevail by or as if by authority: impose a peace settlement. See Synonyms at dictate. (verb-transitive)
  • To obtrude or force (oneself, for example) on another or others. (verb-transitive)
  • Printing To arrange (type or plates) on an imposing stone. (verb-transitive)
  • To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off: imposed a fraud on consumers. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impose" in a sentence
  • "The government will again impose the extraordinary tax on profitable Greek companies in 2011 for earnings derived within the country."
  • "Instead, the most severe consequence you would impose is that they lose their license?"
  • "He wants to really reduce our dependence on oil entirely, invest in wind and solar and biomass, get away from our dependence on oil, and at the same time in the short term impose a windfall profits tax on the huge profits that oil companies get, and use some of that to help consumers here in the United States."