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Definition of Impose


  1. To lay on; to set or place; to put; to deposit.
  2. To lay as a charge, burden, tax, duty, obligation, command, penalty, etc.; to enjoin; to levy; to inflict; as, to impose a toll or tribute.
  3. To lay on, as the hands, in the religious rites of confirmation and ordination.
  4. To arrange in proper order on a table of stone or metal and lock up in a chase for printing; -- said of columns or pages of type, forms, etc.
  5. To practice trick or deception.
  6. A command; injunction.

Impose Quotations

These terrorists aren't trying to kill us because we offended them. They attack us because they want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can, and America is standing in their way.
Marco Rubio

Power is the chance to impose your will within a social context, even when opposed and regardless of the integrity of that chance.
Max Weber

Those children who are beaten will in turn give beatings, those who are intimidated will be intimidating, those who are humiliated will impose humiliation, and those whose souls are murdered will murder.
Alice Miller

No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
Ernest Hemingway

There are certain characteristics that define a good chimp mother. She is patient, she is protective but she is not over-protective - that is really important. She is tolerant, but she can impose discipline. She is affectionate. She plays. And the most important of all: she is supportive.
Jane Goodall
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Impose Translations

impose in Dutch is opdringen, forceren
impose in French is contraindre, imposez, imposer, imposons, obliger
impose in German is auferlegen, auferlegen, imponieren
impose in Portuguese is imponha
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