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

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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 The star is too far away for telescopes to spot it directly, so astronomers look for the distinct signatures that these luminous blue stars imprint on the light coming from their home galaxy. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Massive Star Seems to Have Just … Disappeared," 1 July 2020 Dangerous by Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions imprint in late 2016. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Book Publishing’s Next Battle: Conservative Authors," 12 June 2020 The yellow, black and chocolate labs will be trained for three weeks using a process called odor imprinting. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dogs Are Being Trained to Sniff Out COVID-19," 1 May 2020 Crunch time has arrived for the Boston Bruins, who have been on the receiving end of enough hits from the St. Louis Blues to have blue note logos imprinted all over their aching bodies. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Bruins’ Stanley Cup push complicated by Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk injuries," 5 June 2019 Blobs of pitch imprinted with human teeth marks have been found at ancient toolmaking sites, where archaeologists surmise the pitch was chewed to soften before use. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "DNA from Stone Age ‘chewing gum’ tells an incredible story," 17 Dec. 2019 Their diplomas would be imprinted with a May 8 graduation date, according to the press release. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Diné College sees record 53 bachelor's degrees ahead of May 8 graduation," 8 May 2020 The neuro-anatomical pathways are imprinted with that kind of trauma. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: Ashley Judd speaks to UTSA class on child abuse and domestic violence," 30 Apr. 2020 Renderings of the stark-white 57-story structure, which is being developed by OKO Group, OB Group and Cain International, reveal ground-floor columns imprinted with tie-dye-style patterns. New York Times, "The Latest Fashion Accessory in Miami: A Luxury Condo," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To be published on August 4, 2020, by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Why Laura Lippman refuses to participate in performative internet mourning," 29 July 2020 According to The Hollywood Reporter the partnership is a multi-year publishing agreement with Scholastic’s Graphic Media imprint that will exclusively feature Marvel characters. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Scholastic & Marvel To Release Graphic Novel Based On Black Panther’s Shuri," 10 July 2020 On Monday, Simon & Schuster announced that Dana Canedy, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes and a former reporter for the New York Times, will become its senior vice-president and the publisher of its flagship imprint. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Dana Canedy on the Responsibilities of Book Publishers," 9 July 2020 Dana Canedy is about to become publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint, taking over a storied house in the middle of a pandemic, with several high-profile books in the pipeline. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Simon & Schuster’s Next Publisher on Author Goals, John Bolton’s Book and Remote Work," 7 July 2020 Excerpted by permission of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Naoise Dolan, refinery29.com, "Naoise Dolan May Be The Next ‘It’ Author. Read An Exciting Times Excerpt Here," 26 June 2020 Simon & Schuster on Monday named Dana Canedy senior vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint, putting a former journalist in one of the biggest jobs in book publishing. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Simon & Schuster Names Dana Canedy New Publisher," 6 July 2020 Used by permission of Abrams Image, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Mayor Anne Hidalgo Plans to Reinvent Paris," 29 June 2020 The initiative, which was started by Amistad Press, an imprint of HarperCollins and has been going on all week, prompts social media users to purchase two books by Black authors. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Buy These Cookbooks By Black Authors To Support #BlackPublishingPower," 19 June 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 4 Aug. 2020.

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imprint

verb
How to pronounce imprint (audio)

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
How to pronounce imprint (audio)

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.
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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