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impose

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpəʊz/

Translation of impose in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [restriction/punishment/condition] imponer* the judge imposed the maximum sentence el juez aplicó la pena máxima she imposed her will on them les impuso su voluntad I won't impose my presence on you any further no lo importuno más con mi presencia
    Example sentences
    • She said the present system had come about mainly due to the restrictions imposed by international institutions.
    • In the meantime, if the bill is delayed, local authorities, including Merton, could introduce individual bylaws to impose restrictions in their areas.
    • Financial institutions are expected to impose some restrictions on this for administrative purposes.
    Example sentences
    • Under the original order, unanimity among the judges was not required, even to impose the death penalty.
    • He was given a conditional discharge for six months for obstructing the police officer and no separate penalty was imposed for the other charges.
    • However, consumer groups argue that banks should not impose such exorbitant penalty charges as they do not reflect the costs incurred when customers exceed borrowing limits.

reflexive verb/verbo reflexivo

  • to impose oneself on sb if I may impose myself on you for a few more days si puedo abusar de su amabilidad quedándome unos días más, si es tan amable de aguantarme unos días más

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • molestar I don't wish to impose, but … no quisiera molestar, pero …to impose on oupon sb I think I've imposed on him enough already me parece que ya lo he molestado or importunado bastante to impose on sb's generosity/goodwill/hospitality abusar de la generosidad/buena voluntad/hospitalidad de algn
    Example sentences
    • After all, you had already imposed yourself on them (as it seldom was a her) and to start a conversation where none was offered seemed an unwelcome intrusion.
    • How do you deal with people who impose themselves on you?

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