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 perfect logo is there, not just on the building’s façade but now imprinted on charming disposable cloth cocktail napkins that tear off a roll. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Image As the smoky scent of grilling filled the afternoon air, Anthony Graciolett sidled up to the blue food cart with the crossed kebabs imprinted on its side and ordered a hot dog with sauerkraut. New York Times, "In Astoria, Lining Up for the Souvlaki Lady," 13 June 2018 Sunglasses were lined in feathers, bags imprinted with more jewels. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana’s Como Chameleons: Naomi Campbell, Halima Aden, and Maye Musk Model Alta Moda in Italy," 6 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Eventually working after school as an office boy and writing pieces for a local news service, Lee became an assistant at Timely Comics, a golden age imprint that would eventually become the infamous Marvel. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Remembering Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics Legend, Dies at 95," 12 Nov. 2018 One day, Marip Lu looked into the mirror at several bright red imprints on her cheeks where she had been slapped. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 Linking early experience to the genomic variability of nerves suggests that early experience leaves an irreversible genomic imprint in the brain. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Early Life Experience: It’s in Your DNA," 10 July 2018 Last year, when Trevejo was 14, the Cuban-American social-media star signed a recording agreement and co-management agreement with the Universal Music Latin imprint In-Tu Linea, run by CEO Jorge Pino. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Malu Trevejo Seeks to Void Universal Music Latin Deal, Claims Contract Signed as Minor Was Never Certified," 5 July 2018 After Tuesday's game, Stassi showed off his bruised forearm to reporters inside the clubhouse — complete with clear, red imprints of the baseball's seam. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros confident catcher Max Stassi won't miss significant time," 4 July 2018 The other imprint by Richardson has been to push for a girls program. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Mr. Dependable: Highland's Dan Richardson named the 2018 Post-Tribune Boys Golf Coach of the Year," 29 June 2018 Fresno State's imprint is all over ASU softball in its return to the Women's College World Series for the first time in five years, starting with coach Trisha Ford. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Softball helps ASU to even score with Fresno State," 30 May 2018 The imprint of Chris Prynoski, president and owner of the company, is everywhere here. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "A Studio That’s Animated in More Ways Than One," 9 May 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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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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