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

Mirko Antonucci AS Roma are in another period of transition under new manager Paulo Fonseca and the Portuguese boss is imprinting a new style upon I Giallorossi. SI.com, "6 Italian Youngsters Who Could Set Serie A Alight in 2019/20," 28 July 2019 Every swipe, every tap, every gesture imprints us with new knowledge. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 The actress was all smiles in the second photo, holding a flag in each hand while wearing American flag-themed sunglasses and a brown jacket, which had the American flag imprinted on it. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake Celebrate the Fourth with Son Silas: 'Think We Have Enough Flags?'," 4 July 2019 These stores frequently carried personalized novelty items, such as mugs with various first names imprinted on them. Mai Pham, Orange County Register, "First Person: A Vietnamese American writer finds her identity," 6 June 2019 On the other hand, the comparison between experimental evidence and model predictions suggests that collective behaviors, generated from the collision’s initial conditions, do not imprint themselves on the end measurements. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 If space were expanding exponentially, as in inflation, the tick marks imprinted on the universe by the field would have grown farther and farther apart. Quanta Magazine, "A New Test for the Leading Big Bang Theory," 11 Sep. 2018 Jimmy's work is imprinted on, and his presence will be fondly remembered by, friends, students, family and others throughout the country. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/25," 25 June 2019 Quotations offering advice and insights to inspire writers are imprinted on twenty black No. The Reader's Catalog, "Writer's Pencils," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chris Jackson, of Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Penguin Random House—and started the search for a co-writer. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Book of Prince," 2 Sep. 2019 The original strip, written in the thick of the war in Iraq, was terminated by its first publisher, an imprint of DC Comics, for its anti-superhero tone. M.s., The Economist, "“The Boys” is a superhero series for the Trump era," 27 Aug. 2019 Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, "You Should Be Doing More Shots," 26 Aug. 2019 The festival — produced by Factory 93, an imprint of Electric Daisy Carnival promoters Insomniac — will return to Chinatown Oct. 12-13. Los Angeles Times, "Secret Project techno festival returns to a fast-changing Chinatown," 14 Aug. 2019 Reprinted courtesy of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Katherine Eban, WIRED, "8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA," 7 Aug. 2019 Reprinted from Dappled by arrangement with Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Nicole Rucker’s how-tos for the perfect fruit crisp or crumble," 3 Aug. 2019 At the time, it was being published by WildStorm, which used to be an imprint of DC Comics. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "The Boys Is Based On A Comic Book That Really Goes After Your Favorite Superheroes," 25 July 2019 Copyright © 2019 Published by arrangement with Seal Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Contact us at editors@time.com. Abigail Pesta, Time, "An Early Survivor of Larry Nassar’s Abuse Speaks Out For the First Time," 18 July 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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