imprint

verb
im·print | \ im-ˈprint , 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 \

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, 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

The spirits of place are the echoes of people, of events, of ideas which have become imprinted upon a location, for better or for worse. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 29 June 2018 After the subject had been in place for a few minutes, the image was imprinted on the plate and could be turned into a photograph using heated mercury vapor. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "'Haunting' faces of 'ghosts' reappear in world's oldest photos," 10 July 2018 His love of literature is (literally) imprinted on his body. Clarissa Sebag-montefiore, New York Times, "Andy Griffiths, the Down-Under Kids’ Author Known for His Butt Jokes, Now Builds and Builds on His Hit ‘Treehouse’ Series," 9 Mar. 2018 The eureka moment worked, with the tiny symbol helping to imprint the brand name on consumer tastes. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Kate Spade began with a simple wish: An unfussy handbag," 5 June 2018 Visitors at a Utah state park have been dislodging dinosaur tracks imprinted in sandstone and throwing the pieces into a nearby lake, officials said. Fox News, "Dinosaur tracks at Utah park dislodged, thrown into lake," 7 May 2018 Sixty breasts imprinted in paint will be displayed as part of a celebration of female empowerment this week in a River North art installation. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago women's breast imprints part of River North art exhibit," 1 May 2018 Louis Daguerre’s images, imprinted on metal rather than paper, were sharper. The Economist, "Retro photography is in vogue," 2 June 2018 The slurs were also imprinted on the garage door, front porch, the pavement and doors, a police report detailed. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Mom and kids wake up to 'n-word' on home and cars, a fire and cut phone lines | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To be published by Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC on July 10. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 The book, scheduled for fall of 2019, will be published by Daniel Halpern at Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Anthony Bourdain biograrphy set for fall 2019 release," 28 June 2018 Published on June 12, 2018 by Anthony Bourdain Books/Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Matt Goulding, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Eat Like an Italian," 13 June 2018 Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New book is collection of low-alcohol drinks," 4 June 2018 The vacancy created by Justice Kennedy’s retirement is a chance for Mr. Trump to put a lasting imprint on the high court. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Trump Winnows Down Supreme Court Picks, Focusing on Three," 4 July 2018 But that doesn’t guarantee that the court will leave a reliable conservative imprint on the law on all issues. Brandon Bartels, Washington Post, "It took conservatives 50 years to get a reliable majority on the Supreme Court. Here are 3 reasons why.," 29 June 2018 Refinery29 reached out to Woolever and ECCO — an imprint of HarperCollins — for comment. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "An Anthony Bourdain Biography Is In The Works," 27 June 2018 Dar Embarks's debut EP, 2014's Fleer, came out on an imprint of Jerome Derradji's Still label called Stilove4music, and Juzer's first release, 2014's Horseplay 12-inch, was released by Anthony Parasole's label the Corner. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Music / RIP RIP Chicago techno marvel and international cult figure Dan Jugle," 20 June 2018

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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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put one's imprint on

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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

: a publisher's name on the title page of a book

imprint

verb
im·print | \ im-ˈprint \
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 \

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 , ˈim-ˌ \

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 \ noun

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