impose

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Impose is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
impose

Third-person singular
imposes

Past tense
imposed

Past participle
imposed

Present participle
imposing

  1. (transitive) If you impose something on someone, you force it on them, even if they don't want it.
    Egypt has imposed travel restrictions which will make it harder to enter the country.
    The law imposes a duty on all employers to provide safety training.
  2. (intransitive) If you impose on someone, you ask or expect them to do something for you that is difficult or inconvenient.
    Could we impose on you to explain that again more slowly?
    I'd like to visit her, but I don't want to impose.

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