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Pronunciation: /ɛ̃poze/

Translation of imposer in English:

verbe transitif

also: en imposer verbe transitif indirect

  • to be impressive
    elle en impose!
    she's impressive!
    elle en impose par son calme/intelligence
    her calm/intelligence is impressive
    elle en impose à ses élèves
    she inspires respect in her pupils
    ne t'en laisse pas imposer
    don't let yourself be overawed (par by)

also: s'imposer verbe pronominal

  • 1 (être évident)
    (choix, solution)
    to be obvious (à to)
    (être requis) (prudence, mesure, changement)
    to be called for
    une visite au Louvre s'impose
    a visit to the Louvre is a must
    s'imposer comme évident
    to be obvious
  • 2 (s'astreindre à)
    to impose [something] on oneself (horaires, habitudes alimentaires, discipline)
    s'imposer un sacrifice/des efforts démesurés
    to force oneself to make a sacrifice/a huge effort
    s'imposer de travailler le soir
    to make it a rule to work in the evening
  • 4 (se faire admettre) il s'est imposé comme leader
    he established himself as the leader
    la ville s'est imposée comme capitale culturelle
    the city established itself as the cultural capital
    s'imposer comme langue officielle
    to come in as the official language
    s'imposer dans un domaine (personne)
    to make a name for oneself in a field
    s'imposer sur un marché (produit, firme)
    to establish itself in a market
    s'imposer par son intelligence
    to stand out because of one's intelligence
    s'imposer comme le plus grand architecte contemporain
    to be universally acknowledged as the greatest contemporary architect

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