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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018 im•press 1 /
v. ɪmˈprɛs; n. ˈɪmprɛs/ USA pronunciation v.
[ ~ + obj] to affect (someone) deeply; influence: impressed us as sincere.
[ ~ + obj] to create a favorable impression on (someone): Her excellent work impressed me.
to establish firmly in the mind: We impressed on her the necessity of being honest. [~ + on + object + object ]
[ ~ + obj] to produce (a mark) by pressure as from a stamp; imprint: to impress a picture of a duck by using a stamp pad and some ink.
[ ~ + obj] to furnish with a mark by or as if by stamping: to impress the page with his seal. n.
[ countable ] a mark made by or as if by pressure. See
. -press- WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018 im•press
1 ( v. im pres ′; n. im ′pres), USA pronunciation v., -pressed or ( Archaic) -prest; -pres•sing; n. v.t.
to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feelings; influence in opinion: He impressed us as a sincere young man.
to fix deeply or firmly on the mind or memory, as ideas or facts: to impress the importance of honesty on a child.
to urge, as something to be remembered or done: She impressed the need for action on them.
to press (a thing) into or on something.
to impose a particular characteristic or quality upon (something): The painter impressed his love of garish colors upon the landscape.
to produce (a mark, figure, etc.) by pressure; stamp; imprint: The king impressed his seal on the melted wax.
to apply with pressure, so as to leave a mark.
to subject to or mark by pressure with something.
to furnish with a mark, figure, etc., by or as if by stamping.
Electricityto produce (a voltage) or cause (a voltage) to appear or be produced on a conductor, circuit, etc. v.i.
to create a favorable impression; draw attention to oneself: a child's behavior intended to impress. n.
the act of impressing.
a mark made by or as by pressure; stamp; imprint. a distinctive character or effect imparted: writings that bear the impress of a strong personality.
im•press ′er, n.
Latin impressus past participle of imprimere to press into or upon, impress, equivalent. to im- im- 1 + pressus past participle of premere (combining form -primere) to press 1; see print Middle English 1325–75
1. move, sway, disturb; See corresponding entry in Unabridged persuade. im•press
2 ( v. im pres ′; n. im ′pres), USA pronunciation v., -pressed or ( Archaic) -prest; -pres•sing; n. v.t.
to press or force into public service, as sailors.
to seize or take for public use.
to take or persuade into service by forceful arguments: The neighbors were impressed into helping the family move. n.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
impress vb /( ɪmˈprɛs/ transitive) to make an impression on; have a strong, lasting, or favourable effect on: I am impressed by your work to produce (an imprint, etc) by pressure in or on (something): to impress a seal in wax, to impress wax with a seal ( ) often followed by on to stress (something to a person); urge; emphasize to exert pressure on; press n / ˈɪmprɛs/ the act or an instance of impressing a mark, imprint, or effect produced by impressing Etymology: 14 th Century: from Latin imprimere to press into, imprint, from premere to press 1 imˈpresser n imˈpressible adj impress vb / ɪmˈprɛs/ to commandeer or coerce (men or things) into government service; press-gang n / ˈɪmprɛs/ the act of commandeering or coercing into government service; impressment Etymology: 16 th Century: see im- in-², press²
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