imprint

1 of 2

verb

imprinted; imprinting; imprints

transitive verb

1
: to mark by or as if by pressure : impress
2
a
: 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
imprinter
im-ˈprin-tər How to pronounce imprint (audio)
ˈim-ˌprin-
noun

imprint

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noun

im·​print ˈim-ˌprint How to pronounce imprint (audio)
: 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

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
Elements of The Matrix came from the Wachowskis' days working at the Marvel comics imprint Razorline in 1993. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2024 This time, the ramp up included offseason conversations with players and staff, along with the time spring training allowed to establish culture and imprint himself on all-things-Padres. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2024 Spot a political pattern emerging across the globe, pin its fortunes to yours (Clinton’s Third Way neoliberalism, Reagan’s cheerily fierce anti-Communism), and your legacy might reach far beyond Washington, your ideas imprinted in the hearts of billions. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 Later that evening, Adam Lee is in the plate room imprinting digital files, produced by editors and page designers, onto aluminum sheets. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2024 Greeting voters this week in Vidor, Texas, near the Louisiana border, Mr. Phelan — wearing a white T-shirt and a camouflage hat, both imprinted with his name — bristled at his opponent’s claims that the Texas House under his leadership had not advanced conservative causes. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Marin’s weird and hilarious flavor of stoner slapstick comedy alongside Tommy Chong has forever imprinted the Cheech and Chong names into the history books. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 But the main star of the show is obviously the ability to imprint the Xbox logo into your bread like a real gamer. Tom Warren, The Verge, 4 Jan. 2024 In April 2018, the singer became the first artist to sign to RCA Records imprint Keep Cool, months after joining Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Entertainment for a management deal. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2024
Noun
The song spans a myriad of references and influences, but the imprint of Tina Turner is unmistakable. Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 Celebrate With Bunny Paw Print Cookies The Easter rabbit baked these cute cookies with their paw imprint. Laura Fenton, Parents, 21 Mar. 2024 Along with starring in the production, Reid will also co-produce the film under her own imprint, A Seed & Wings Productions, as well as Kenya Barris and his Khalabo Ink Society. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 19 Mar. 2024 The disappearance of the caliphate — that is, an anchoring spiritual authority for Muslims, especially Sunnis, around the world — left a deep imprint on 20th century politics. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 Jean’s music eventually made it into the hands (or, better, ears) of Rick Rubin, who promptly signed him to his American Songs imprint. Kyle Eustice, SPIN, 20 Mar. 2024 The song was written by Pablo Preciado (Matisse) and marks the return of the imprint sound of Intocable. Pamela Bustios, Billboard, 20 Mar. 2024 While already experiencing rapid urban expansion, Phoenix in the 1960s was only beginning to leave its imprint on the map. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2024 Used with permission of HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Imprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imprint. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

imprint

1 of 2 verb
im·​print im-ˈprint How to pronounce imprint (audio)
ˈim-ˌ
1
: to mark by or as if by pressure : stamp
2
: to fix firmly (as on the memory)
3
: to go through the process of imprinting

imprint

2 of 2 noun
im·​print ˈim-ˌprint How to pronounce imprint (audio)
1
: something imprinted or printed : impression
the imprint of a hippo's foot
2
: a publisher's name on the title page of a book

Medical Definition

imprint

transitive verb
im·​print im-ˈprint How to pronounce imprint (audio) ˈim-ˌ How to pronounce imprint (audio)
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
imprinter noun

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