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impress

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verb im·press \im-ˈpres\

Definition of impress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  transfer, transmit

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to produce an impression

impressibility

play \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

impressible

play \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology 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>.

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impress

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noun im·press \ˈim-ˌpres also im-ˈ\

Definition of impress

  1. 1 :  a characteristic or distinctive mark :  stamp <the impress of a fresh and vital intelligence is stamped … in his work — Lytton Strachey>

  2. 2 :  impression, effect <have an impress on history>

  3. 3 :  the act of impressing

  4. 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

1590

First Known Use of impress

1590


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impress

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verb im·press \im-ˈpres\

Definition of impress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to levy or take by force for public service; especially :  to force into naval service

  3. 2 a :  to procure or enlist by forcible persuasion b :  force <impressed him into a white coat for the Christmas festivities — Nancy Hale>

Origin and Etymology of impress

2in- + 3press


First Known Use: 1596


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impress

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noun im·press \ˈim-ˌpres also im-ˈ\

Definition of impress

1602

First Known Use of impress

1602


IMPRESS Defined for Kids

impress

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verb im·press \im-ˈpres\

Definition of impress for Students

impressed

impressing

  1. 1 :  to produce by stamping, pressing, or printing <impress a design>

  2. 2 :  to affect strongly or deeply and especially favorably <Her talent impressed me.>

  3. 3 :  to give a clear idea of <She impressed on us her concerns.>



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