impress


1im·press

verb \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

2im·press

noun \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

3im·press

verb \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

4im·press

noun \ˈim-ˌpres also im-ˈ\

Definition of IMPRESS

First Known Use of IMPRESS

1602

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