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 Stelter’s publisher, the Simon & Schuster imprint One Signal, initially printed 50,000 copies, has ordered another 100,000, but is showing a ship time of up to two months. Alexandra Alter New York Times, Star Tribune, "Too many books, not enough printers," 8 Sep. 2020 The rearing pond is used to hold and imprint juvenile chinook salmon so that mature fish then return to the Pike River to spawn. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha project aims to improve fish rearing pond and Pike River," 5 Sep. 2020 Manufacturing computer chips is an extraordinarily complex process, using light to imprint microscopic patterns and then etching away at the surrounding materials. oregonlive, "Intel’s manufacturing crisis puts company at a crossroads," 16 Aug. 2020 The Arkansas senator’s first book—Sacred Duty, published by HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint in 2019—was a portrait of the Old Guard, which serves in Arlington National Cemetery. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Book Publishing’s Next Battle: Conservative Authors," 12 June 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friday nights spent working as ball boys and running around the field at Bishop Moore as kids has turned into a chance for both Luke and Heath to leave their own imprint on a program that has already afforded their family so many great memories. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Bishop Moore football’s Hedrick family makes memories with Hornets," 16 Sep. 2020 For the two months that followed, that relationship continued to grow while head coach Ryan Day started making his imprint. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Bennett Christian, 2022 TE, saw his commitment to Ohio State football as a no-brainer after visit: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 2 Sep. 2020 JoJo, now 29, has her own label imprint, Clover Music, under Warner Music Group. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "If You Want To Know Where JoJo Went, See Where She’s Going," 31 Aug. 2020 With a bigger broadcast imprint, Jackson’s stock as a preacher and orator has also grown. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Bishop Wayne T. Jackson's ministry expands along with his reach," 29 Aug. 2020 Music by the Italian composer, who died Monday at age 91, has left an indelible imprint on many genres, from spaghetti westerns and gangster dramas to historic epics and horror. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 12)," 10 July 2020 Simon & Schuster has a conservative imprint that publishes Candace Owens and Glenn Beck and Donald Trump. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Dana Canedy on the Responsibilities of Book Publishers," 9 July 2020 The track maker also left behind an imprint of its skin, seen in these fossil photos. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Prehistoric Crocodiles Might Have Walked on Two Legs," 21 June 2020 Gunmarkers argue that micro-stamping is unreliable because the etching on a firing pin does not provide a legible imprint on every bullet casing and can easily be removed. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California change to bullet-tracing mandate is sent to Newsom," 30 Aug. 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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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Imprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imprint. Accessed 24 Sep. 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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