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impress

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verb im·press \ im-ˈpres \

Definition of impress

transitive verb
1 a :to apply with pressure so as to imprint
b :to produce (something, such 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

impressibility

play \im-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

impressible

play \im-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

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-ˈpres \

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


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impress

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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 and Etymology of impress


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impress

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noun im·press \ ˈim-ˌpres also im-ˈpres \

Definition of impress

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 :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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