impose Definition

  • 1force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place.
  • 2take advantage of someone by demanding their attention or commitment.
  • 3place a burden or task on someone.

Using impose: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "impose" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The government has imposed a new tax on cigarettes.

  • Example

    I don't want to impose my beliefs on you.

  • Example

    He always imposes on his friends for money.

impose Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for impose

Phrases with impose

  • impose oneself on/upon

    force oneself to be accepted or tolerated by others, especially when unwelcome.


    He tried to impose himself on the group, but they rejected him.

  • impose a fine/penalty

    to force someone to pay a fine or penalty as a punishment for breaking a law or rule.


    The court imposed a heavy fine on the company for violating environmental regulations.

  • impose one's will

    to force others to do what one wants, regardless of their wishes or needs.


    He always tries to impose his will on others, even when it's not in their best interest.

Origins of impose

from Old French 'imposer', from Latin 'imponere', meaning 'to place upon'


Summary: impose in Brief

The verb 'impose' [ɪmˈpəʊz] means to force something on someone, often something unwelcome or unfamiliar. It can also mean to take advantage of someone or to place a burden or task on them. Examples include 'The government has imposed a new tax on cigarettes' and 'He always imposes on his friends for money.'