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1impress

verb im·press \im-ˈpres\

Definition of IMPRESS

transitive verb
1
a :  to apply with pressure so as to imprint
b :  to produce (as a mark) by pressure
c :  to mark by or as if by pressure or stamping
2
a :  to produce a vivid impression of
b :  to affect especially forcibly or deeply :  gain the admiration or interest of <her honesty impressed us>
intransitive verb
:  to produce an impression
im·press·ibil·i·ty \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
im·press·ible \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective

Origin of IMPRESS

Middle English, from Latin impressus, past participle of imprimere, from in- + premere to press — more at press
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of IMPRESS

affect, influence, touch, impress, strike, sway mean to produce or have an effect upon. affect implies the action of a stimulus that can produce a response or reaction <the sight affected her to tears>. influence implies a force that brings about a change (as in nature or behavior) <our beliefs are influenced by our upbringing>. touch may carry a vivid suggestion of close contact and may connote stirring, arousing, or harming <plants touched by frost> <his emotions were touched by her distress>. impress stresses the depth and persistence of the effect <only one of the plans impressed him>. strike, similar to but weaker than impress, may convey the notion of sudden sharp perception or appreciation <struck by the solemnity of the occasion>. sway implies the acting of influences that are not resisted or are irresistible, with resulting change in character or course of action <politicians who are swayed by popular opinion>.

2impress

noun im·press \ˈim-ˌpres also im-ˈ\

Definition of IMPRESS

1
:  a characteristic or distinctive mark :  stamp <the impress of a fresh and vital intelligence is stamped … in his work — Lytton Strachey>
2
:  impression, effect <have an impress on history>
3
:  the act of impressing
4
a :  a mark made by pressure :  imprint
b :  an image of something formed by or as if by pressure; especially :  seal
c :  a product of pressure or influence

First Known Use of IMPRESS

1590

3impress

verb im·press \im-ˈpres\

Definition of IMPRESS

transitive verb
1
:  to levy or take by force for public service; especially :  to force into naval service
2
a :  to procure or enlist by forcible persuasion
b :  force <impressed him into a white coat for the Christmas festivities — Nancy Hale>

Origin of IMPRESS

2in- + 3press
First Known Use: 1596

4impress

noun im·press \ˈim-ˌpres also im-ˈ\

Definition of IMPRESS

First Known Use of IMPRESS

1602
IMPRESSED Defined for Kids

impress

verb im·press \im-ˈpres\
im·pressedim·press·ing

Definition of IMPRESS for Kids

1
:  to produce by stamping, pressing, or printing <impress a design>
2
:  to affect strongly or deeply and especially favorably <Her talent impressed me.>
3
:  to give a clear idea of <She impressed on us her concerns.>

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