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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With 365 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, the G70 3.3T can push you back into its seats hard enough to imprint their diamond stitching across your shoulders. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 18 May 2021 Since signing with the Big Machine Label Group’s Valory imprint a decade ago, Rhett, 31, has demonstrated his versatility by incorporating pop, rock and R&B into his own unique blend. Deborah Evans Price, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2021 Vertebrae imprint the Cumbrian Green leather, a hue that appears to have been inspired by a platoon of toy soldiers. David Beard, Car and Driver, 28 Apr. 2021 With lenses and mirrors, these machines focused beams of light onto the surface of a silicon wafer to imprint a circuit upon it. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 9 Apr. 2021 Each of the dials is created by a single artisan using femtosecond, a new in-house laser technology using bursts of ultrashort laser pulses to imprint the design. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2021 Forever was spearheaded by Phife Dawg’s business partner Dion Liverpool, whose Smoking’ Needles Records imprint will release the album in partnership with indie distributor AWAL. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2021 The music and design of retro games have the ability to imprint on a young gamer’s heart. Anne Mccarthy, Wired, 21 Mar. 2021 Children sometimes imprint on fictional universes, like Marvel or Harry Potter, and project themselves inside or make up stories about the characters. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But because a fellow classmate, lost in a car accident, left that kind of indelible imprint on their lives. Gabriel Stovall, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2021 The petition and letter were sent to Mr. Karp and Dana Canedy, publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021 Hunter Biden's struggle with his personal demons is a big part of his new book, from an imprint of Simon & Schuster (a ViacomCBS company). CBS News, 5 Apr. 2021 After the search was paused for several years, Parno took up the mantle in 2017 and their 2018 discovery of an imprint of timbers was confirmed in 2019, according to the Post. Julia Musto, Fox News, 24 Mar. 2021 Amy Lee said in a statement of the anthology, part of Incendium’s OPUS imprint. Ryan Reed, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2021 For those who missed out on the festivities, an archival release from the festival’s founders is due out on Friday, on the New Focus imprint. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 From Craft + Estate, an imprint of Winebow worth noting. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020 The Netflix series is based on the comic book series of the same name, a part of the Archie Horror imprint. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of imprint was in the 14th century

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“Imprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imprint. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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 imprint (audio) \ noun

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