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

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

Among the immediate challenges for Eakins is to imprint a profile on a team of established players with past success and younger ones needing direction. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Ducks confident Dallas Eakins will excel in second stint as an NHL head coach," 17 June 2019 But while the luxurious image of that indoor pool somehow imprinted in my brain, the ability to float, or cannonball, or even dunk my head underwater did not. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "I Wanted to Learn to Swim Before I Turned 30. Easier Said Than Done.," 15 June 2019 In January, Tarnita and her colleagues published an article in Nature that suggested a compromise: that both processes together, acting on different scales, could imprint the observed pattern on the ecosystem. Quanta Magazine, "A Mathematician Who Decodes the Patterns Stamped Out by Life," 20 Dec. 2017 That night was just one in a series of haunting moments that have imprinted themselves on Williams’ brain, calling her to advocacy work. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 There are microphones inside the giant $70 million cameras that imprint the component layout on the silicon surface of a memory chip. Wayne Rash, Ars Technica, "Manufacturing memory means scribing silicon in a sea of sensors," 21 June 2019 Even her yard signs were distinctive: pieces of cardboard that had been imprinted with her campaign logo and painted by volunteers. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "A San Fernando Valley runoff pits a scientist against a former City Hall aide," 5 June 2019 In his own spaces and in his products, Adler achieves an eclectic look by incorporating materials and techniques from around the world—and imprinting them with his personal touch. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Do Glam Interiors Right," 11 Mar. 2019 My dad had this incredible way of imprinting on us. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Erin Lee Carr Remembers Her Late Father—And Finds Her Own Voice—In All That You Leave Behind," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Available from PublicAffairs, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc. The Economist, "Smashed like avocados: how young people are treated by their elders," 10 July 2019 To be published on July 9, 2019 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Bud Selig With Phil Rogers, SI.com, "Bud Selig Recounts His 'Misery' Waiting for Barry Bonds to Break the Home Run Record," 9 July 2019 Reprinted courtesy of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Andrew Blum, WIRED, "Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites," 25 June 2019 The following excerpt is from How Could She by Lauren Mechling, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "How Could She," 25 June 2019 King Princess is signed to Ronson's Zelig Records, an imprint of Sony. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Mark Ronson & King Princess Ride a Retro Dream on 'Pieces of Us': Listen," 17 June 2019 Used by permission of Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Carly Zakin And Danielle Weisberg, Marie Claire, "Tips for Writing a Resume That Will Get You the Job," 11 June 2019 Reprinted by permission of Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. William Von Hippel, Discover Magazine, "Why Natural Selection Means We'll Never Be Happy," 20 Feb. 2019 Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Great Breakfast Recipes," 14 Jan. 2019

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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
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 imprinter (audio) \ noun

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