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 imprint (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 Inpria’s work is integral to a new manufacturing technology called extreme ultraviolet lithography, or EUV, which enables chipmakers to imprint smaller patterns when manufacturing computer chips. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Before starting her fourth-round match against Shelby Rogers on Monday and taking the biggest leap of her tennis life, Raducanu looked around Arthur Ashe Stadium to imprint on her memory the sights and sounds swirling around her. Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021 Goldstein asked Slate about being from New England, and how sense of place can imprint an appreciation for imagination, creativity, and nature. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Everyone has bits of their life that fully imprint on themselves. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The studio was even more concerned since Willis' character and Unbreakable belonged to another studio, Disney imprint Touchstone. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2021 Another common tactic is to imprint the vehicle identification number on the catalytic converter itself. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 The fish imprint on this water, ensuring their eventual return, for about five days before being released. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 With 365 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, the G70 3.3T can push you back into its seats hard enough to imprint their diamond stitching across your shoulders. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside by Nick Offerman with permission from Dutton, an imprint of the Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 In 2020, on the heels of TikTok fame, jxdn became Travis Barker’s first signee to his DTA Records label (an imprint of Elektra). Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, 8 Oct. 2021 The book is published by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a division of ViacomCBS. CBS News, 5 Oct. 2021 From William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. EW.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Excerpted from My Life in Full: Work, Family, and our Future by Indra Nooyi with permission from Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Indra Nooyi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 Used by permission of Rodale Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 28 Sep. 2021 Excerpted by permission of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. Bon Appétit, 28 Sep. 2021 On Thursday, the couple announced that There's a Rock Concert in My Bedroom will be published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, on March 29, 2022. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021

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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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imprimis

imprint

imprinted stamp

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“Imprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imprint. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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 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 imprint (audio) \ noun

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