March 20, 2013
- impose (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1a : to establish or apply as a charge or penalty b : to force somebody to accept or put up with2 : to take unfair advantage
- How do you use it?
- The state legislature debated whether imposing a sales tax on junk food would encourage people to consume less of it.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think the root word of "impose" means?"Impose" comes from the Latin verb "ponere," which means "to put." Besides today's Buzzword, "ponere" has "put" a number of other words into the English language, including "dispose," "suppose," and "positive." The manner in which something is placed or "put" is its "position," and in grammar, a word that is put in front of a noun or a pronoun to form a phrase is a "preposition." To "expose" something means to put it out or make it known, while if you "postpone" something you put off until a later time.