over·​im·​press ˌō-vər-im-ˈpres How to pronounce overimpress (audio)
overimpressed; overimpressing

transitive + intransitive

: to impress (someone or something) to an excessive degree
especially : to give (someone) an extremely or unduly favorable impression (see impression sense 1a)
… I don't feel like I'm overdoing anything, or trying to overimpress the coaches. Laurence Maroney
a candidate who didn't overimpress
He writes about real people and real situations, never trying to overthink or overimpress with lofty wordiness. Mario Tarradell
often used in passive constructions
… a flawed man overimpressed by his own intelligence. Sue Turnbull
Often we see that a trainee is overimpressed with the ideas of the supervisor. Luigi Boscolo
I haven't been overimpressed with unoaked chardonnays from Australia, … but this one delivers. Beppi Crosariol
The appeals court was provided with a videotape of the three dancers dancing …. The judges were not overimpressed. William O'Rourke

Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overimpress was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Overimpress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overimpress. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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