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

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Other Words from imprint

Verb

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

Synonyms for imprint

Synonyms: Verb

brand, engrave, etch, impress, infix, ingrain (also engrain)

Synonyms: Noun

trace, track, trail

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Every swipe, every tap, every gesture imprints us with new knowledge. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 The actress was all smiles in the second photo, holding a flag in each hand while wearing American flag-themed sunglasses and a brown jacket, which had the American flag imprinted on it. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake Celebrate the Fourth with Son Silas: 'Think We Have Enough Flags?'," 4 July 2019 These stores frequently carried personalized novelty items, such as mugs with various first names imprinted on them. Mai Pham, Orange County Register, "First Person: A Vietnamese American writer finds her identity," 6 June 2019 On the other hand, the comparison between experimental evidence and model predictions suggests that collective behaviors, generated from the collision’s initial conditions, do not imprint themselves on the end measurements. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 If space were expanding exponentially, as in inflation, the tick marks imprinted on the universe by the field would have grown farther and farther apart. Quanta Magazine, "A New Test for the Leading Big Bang Theory," 11 Sep. 2018 Jimmy's work is imprinted on, and his presence will be fondly remembered by, friends, students, family and others throughout the country. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/25," 25 June 2019 Quotations offering advice and insights to inspire writers are imprinted on twenty black No. The Reader's Catalog, "Writer's Pencils," 17 June 2019 Their names are imprinted on one of the leaves of the tree. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "The Who’s ‘Tommy’ opens Spotlights Theater’s new building addition: Talk of the Towns," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ley made quite the imprint in his 40 years with the network. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "ESPN Employees, Media Members Share Stories After Bob Ley's Retirement News," 26 June 2019 This isn’t the first time someone has attempted a simultaneous release of an entire comic book series in an emulation of the Netflix binge model; indeed, Image Comics tried it in 2014 with Tech Jacket Digital from Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Invites Readers to Binge Mark Millar's Next Comic Book," 22 July 2019 This city and the people in it have left an imprint on our hearts as big and wide as the city itself. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘Chicago Med’ Star Colin Donnell Will Be Back in Season 5 After All," 14 July 2019 This new graphic novel from DC’s YA imprint DC Ink does a much better job of situating Raven in high school, where mean girls and first dates take up as much time as demonic conspiracies. Christian Holub, EW.com, "5 comics to read this July: Reimagining classic concepts," 3 July 2019 Later in the day, Macmillan’s Henry Holt imprint made its response with a lawyer’s letter to Trump’s attorney. Sarah Begley, Time, "'Flagrantly Unconstitutional.' Fire and Fury Publisher Attacks Trump's Attempt to Block Book," 8 Jan. 2018 Available from PublicAffairs, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc. The Economist, "Smashed like avocados: how young people are treated by their elders," 10 July 2019 To be published on July 9, 2019 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Bud Selig With Phil Rogers, SI.com, "Bud Selig Recounts His 'Misery' Waiting for Barry Bonds to Break the Home Run Record," 9 July 2019 Reprinted courtesy of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Andrew Blum, WIRED, "Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites," 25 June 2019

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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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imprint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of imprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to create a mark by pressing against a surface
: to cause (something) to stay in your mind or memory

imprint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of imprint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mark created by pressing against a surface : something imprinted or printed
: a strong effect or influence
technical : a publisher's name on the title page of a book

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 imprinter (audio) \ noun

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