Synonyms of impress

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a perceptible trace left by pressure
  • the stamp left a smudgy impress on the paper

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Synonyms & Antonyms of impress (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response
  • impressed him with the intensity of their musical performance

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2 to produce a vivid impression of
  • impressed the importance of safe driving habits by displaying photos of horrific crashes

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3 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure
  • after weeks of nagging, they impressed her into going to the masquerade party

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How does the verb impress differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of impress are affect, influence, strike, sway, and touch. While all these words mean "to produce or have an effect upon," impress stresses the depth and persistence of the effect.

only one of the plans impressed him

When is it sensible to use affect instead of impress?

The words affect and impress can be used in similar contexts, but affect implies the action of a stimulus that can produce a response or reaction.

the sight affected her to tears

When might influence be a better fit than impress?

Although the words influence and impress have much in common, influence implies a force that brings about a change (as in nature or behavior).

our beliefs are influenced by our upbringing

Where would strike be a reasonable alternative to impress?

The meanings of strike and impress largely overlap; however, strike, similar to but weaker than impress, may convey the notion of sudden sharp perception or appreciation.

struck by the solemnity of the occasion

When would sway be a good substitute for impress?

The words sway and impress are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, sway implies the acting of influences that are not resisted or are irresistible, with resulting change in character or course of action.

politicians who are swayed by popular opinion

In what contexts can touch take the place of impress?

While the synonyms touch and impress are close in meaning, touch may carry a vivid suggestion of close contact and may connote stirring, arousing, or harming.

plants touched by frost

his emotions were touched by her distress

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The first known use of impress was in the 14th century

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“Impress.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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