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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
v.
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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The fact that Alice has declined to give Bob permission to use her body suggests that he has at least asked; but asking her need not impose a cost on her, nor need it threaten to impose a cost on her (indeed, she might have wanted him to ask, either to know that she is desired, or to have the pleasure of refusing).
A second provision imposes a fine and/or imprisonment of not more than 10 years for failure by any accountant who conducts an audit of a publicly traded company to "maintain all audit and review workpapers for a period of five years from the end of the fiscal period in which the audit or review was concluded.
said the Federal Reserve, the nation's primary bank regulator, was effectively trying to impose through regulatory fiat the Money Laundering Deterrence Act of 1998, which called for the issuance of draconian KYC regulations.
Under the amendments to the GLB Act, an ATM operator that imposes a fee on a consumer for an electronic fund transfer (EFT) service is required to provide notice of that fact in a prominent and conspicuous location on or at the ATM where the EFT is initiated.
He is, of course, right when he insists that the state not impose religion.
California law requires retailers to tell consumers if they charge restocking fees or impose other conditions beyond the standard, commonly expected return policy.
He was of the view that if FBR had to impose any such duties, it should be discussed in the parliament.
Both bills impose new penalties up to $200,000 for failure to comply with existing tax shelter disclosure regulations, and increase the penalties for underpayments related to transactions required to be disclosed under the regulations.
97, was issued last year in which the IRS announced that until further guidance is issued, it will not assess FICA or FUTA taxes, or impose Federal income tax withholding obligations, upon either the exercise of an option or the disposition of the related stock.
attached an amendment to the Amber Alert child protection measure instructing the United States Sentencing Commission to scrutinize the records of federal judges who habitually impose lenient sentences on criminal offenders.
Based on the strength of the 1996 report and decisional law, FinCEN seeks to impose a regulatory regime on a multi-trillion dollar industry that is vital to the domestic economy.
The amendments require ATM operators that impose a fee for providing electronic fund transfer services to post a notice in a prominent and conspicuous location on or at the ATM.
Some critics argue that more rigorous international enforcement would impose Western values on many developing countries and harm their development prospects.
As Chretien puts it, "I can't impose my morality on others.
The new provisions also permit the Treasury secretary to impose increased disclosure requirements.