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impose (up)on someone

to be a bother to someone; to make a request of something to someone. (Often refers to being an overnight guest or having a meal at someone's house. Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I don't mean to impose upon you, but could you put me up for the night? Don't worry, I won't let you impose on me.
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impose something (up)on someone

to force something on someone. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Don't try to impose your ideas upon me! The colonists tried to impose their values on the indigenous peoples.
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impose on

1. Force something on someone; also, levy a tax or duty. For example, Don't try to impose your ideas on me, or The British crown imposed a tariff on tea. [Late 1500s]
2. Force oneself on others; take unfair advantage of. For example, Am I imposing on you if I stay overnight? or He's always imposing on us, dropping in unexpectedly with numerous friends. [Early 1600s]
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impose on

or impose upon
1. To make something prevail over someone or something by authority: The government imposes a tax on cigarettes. The tribunal imposed a sentence upon the defendant.
2. To force something, such as a set of rules or opinions, on someone: Don't impose your views on me.
3. To be an inconvenience to someone by requesting unreasonable favors: Our guests imposed on us by staying for three weeks.
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Day should not hesitate to impose conservative social values if the people of Canada make him Prime Minister.
The court could also impose punitive damages or order the business to halt the deceptive practice.
Rather than impose AML requirements on the sellers or buyers of commercial real estate, such as pension funds, FinCEN seeks to impose the requirements on the other participants in a commercial real estate transaction, not including the principals whose money is actually involved in the transaction.
16 for the notice requirements applicable to ATM operators that impose a fee for providing EFT services.
provides for trade measures through dispute settlement only for violations that impose harm on other members' industries and workers.
The company has asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to impose its own terms on the workers and for an injunction that would prevent the workers from going on strike.
The internal consistency test assumes that every state imposes a tax identical to the one in question; if interstate commerce bears a burden not also borne by intrastate commerce, the tax is not internally consistent.
If Kerry believes it is wrong to impose his Catholic faith in the area of abortion, are there areas in which he believes his Catholic beliefs can be imposed?
1 of the Excise Tax Act (ETA) would impose penalties on any person who contributes to the making of a "false statement" on income and excise tax returns, respectively.
In the communities where certain special-interest groups have made it their goal to impose an anti-choice point of view, those communities' activists were not put forward to be appointed by the board.
The Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 impose registration, capital and disclosure requirements, anti-fraud protections, and other investor-protection measures.
The new provisions also permit the Treasury secretary to impose increased disclosure requirements.
The latest wave in this game is to impose "linkage" fees for "social infrastructure needs" such as child care, mass transit, and affordable housing.
Income taxes: Currently, seven states (FL, IL, MS, NE, NH, NY (only life) and OR) presently impose an income tax on insurance companies.
This case questioned whether West Virginia can impose its fuel use tax on fuel consumed by vessels, some making no stops at all in West Virginia, that use the Ohio River in interstate commerce.