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English verb: impose

1. impose (social) compel to behave in a certain way

SamplesSocial relations impose courtesy.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

2. impose (communication) impose something unpleasant

SamplesThe principal visited his rage on the students.

Synonymsbring down, inflict, visit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)clamp, dictate, foist, give, intrude, obtrude, order, prescribe

3. impose (possession) impose and collect

SamplesLevy a fine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bill, charge

Narrower (hyponym)distrain, lay, mulct, reimpose, tax, tithe, toll

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