imprint

verb
im·​print | \ im-ˈprint How to pronounce imprint (audio) , ˈim-ˌprint \
imprinted; imprinting; imprints

Definition of imprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark by or as if by pressure : impress
2a : to fix indelibly or permanently (as on the memory)
b : to subject to or induce by imprinting an imprinted preference

intransitive verb

: to undergo imprinting

imprint

noun
im·​print | \ ˈim-ˌprint How to pronounce imprint (audio) \

Definition of imprint (Entry 2 of 2)

: something imprinted or printed: such as
a : a mark or depression made by pressure the fossil imprint of a dinosaur's foot
b : an identifying name (as of a publisher) placed conspicuously on a product also : the name under which a publisher issues books
c : an indelible distinguishing effect or influence

Other Words from imprint

Verb

imprinter \ im-​ˈprin-​tər How to pronounce imprint (audio) , ˈim-​ˌprin-​ \ noun

Synonyms for imprint

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of imprint in a Sentence

Verb wearing a T-shirt imprinted with the company logo a picture imprinted in my memory Noun We saw an imprint of a bike tire on the dirt trail. a fossil imprint of a dinosaur's foot
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Twin f-holes like those on a cello, added later to the image, imprint her torso to create a striking visual connection between woman and musical instrument. Hamilton Cain, WSJ, 22 July 2022 Avoid wearing yellow; ducklings would rather not imprint on anything yellow-colored. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Fragrance can imprint on the memory because the brain allows olfactory signals to move to the limbic system very quickly, helping notes of strong bergamot tie you with strength in your romantic partner or crush's mind. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 1 June 2022 The collaborative track appears on Yung Lean’s new mixtape, Stardust, out now Lean’s own World Affairs imprint. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2022 Charlamagne Tha God is developing new lines of graphic novels under his Simon & Schuster imprint Black Privilege Publishing as well as comic book series with AWA Studios, Variety has learned exclusively. Selome Hailu, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 Lithography uses light to imprint patterns onto silicon wafers, patterns that ultimately form the tiny circuitry inside microchips. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 Machine has spent the last decade stirring our subconscious and defining the conventional, combining music technology and vintage synths with striking, can’t-look-away visuals that reflect and imprint themselves on our deepest and darkest dreams. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 21 Apr. 2022 Jake Wesley Rogers, who released an EP, Pluto, on Warner Records’ Facet Records imprint last fall, also performed at the event. Paul Grein, Billboard, 3 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But on the biggest cases with the highest stakes, the Thomas imprint was all over this term. Fox News, 2 July 2022 The imprint of that person on your life is with you forever. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 But Zhao's imprint is also hard to miss in the movie's steady thrum of melancholy and its deeper, odder character arcs. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 26 Oct. 2021 The novel saw the light of day only because a small imprint, New York Review Books, agreed to take the risk. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, 8 July 2022 In addition to other components of The Daily Wire’s business, which includes a book publishing imprint, the core editorial operation remains central to the company’s identity. Andy Meek, Forbes, 30 June 2022 The book is published by Forbes Books, the exclusive business book publishing imprint of Forbes, and is available on Amazon today. Forbes Partner Releases, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Muna marks the group’s first release for Phoebe Bridgers’ hotly tipped Saddest Factory Records imprint — and their first album since being dropped by RCA at the beginning of the pandemic. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2022 Technicolour imprint, Barry delivers more of that low-key ease while showcasing his widening range of sonics and style. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of imprint

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imprint

Verb

Middle English emprenten, from Anglo-French emprient, 3rd singular of enpreindre to impress (from Latin imprimere) & empreinter, from emprent, past participle of enpreindre

Noun

Middle English enpreent, from Anglo-French emprente, from feminine of emprent, past participle of enpreindre

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imprimis

imprint

imprinted stamp

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3 Aug 2022

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“Imprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imprint. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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imprint

verb
im·​print | \ im-ˈprint How to pronounce imprint (audio) \
imprinted; imprinting

Kids Definition of imprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a mark by pressing against a surface : stamp The design was imprinted on paper.
2 : to fix firmly in the mind or memory This day is imprinted in my memory.

imprint

noun
im·​print | \ ˈim-ˌprint How to pronounce imprint (audio) \

Kids Definition of imprint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mark made by pressing against a surface The tires left an imprint.

imprint

transitive verb
im·​print | \ im-ˈprint How to pronounce imprint (audio) , ˈim-ˌ How to pronounce imprint (audio) \

Medical Definition of imprint

1 : to fix indelibly or permanently (as on the memory)
2 : to subject to or induce by imprinting an imprinted preference a gene imprinted to be inactive when inherited from the mother

intransitive verb

: to undergo imprinting

Other Words from imprint

imprinter \ -​ər How to pronounce imprint (audio) \ noun

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