WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018
im•press1 /v. ɪmˈprɛs; n. ˈɪmprɛs/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. [ + obj] to affect (someone) deeply;
    influence:impressed us as sincere.
  2. [ + obj] to create a favorable impression on (someone):Her excellent work impressed me.
  3. to establish firmly in the mind:[+ on + object + object]We impressed on her the necessity of being honest.
  4. [ + 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.
  5. [ + obj] to furnish with a mark by or as if by stamping:to impress the page with his seal.

n. [countable]
  1. a mark made by or as if by pressure.
See -press-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
im•press1  (v. im pres;n. impres),USA pronunciation v.,  -pressed  or (Archaic) -prest;

  1. to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feelings;
    influence in opinion:He impressed us as a sincere young man.
  2. to fix deeply or firmly on the mind or memory, as ideas or facts:to impress the importance of honesty on a child.
  3. to urge, as something to be remembered or done:She impressed the need for action on them.
  4. to press (a thing) into or on something.
  5. to impose a particular characteristic or quality upon (something):The painter impressed his love of garish colors upon the landscape.
  6. to produce (a mark, figure, etc.) by pressure;
    imprint:The king impressed his seal on the melted wax.
  7. to apply with pressure, so as to leave a mark.
  8. to subject to or mark by pressure with something.
  9. to furnish with a mark, figure, etc., by or as if by stamping.
  10. Electricityto produce (a voltage) or cause (a voltage) to appear or be produced on a conductor, circuit, etc.

  1. to create a favorable impression;
    draw attention to oneself:a child's behavior intended to impress.

  1. the act of impressing.
  2. a mark made by or as by pressure;
  3. a distinctive character or effect imparted:writings that bear the impress of a strong personality.
im•presser, 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 press1; see print
  • Middle English 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged move, sway, disturb;

im•press2  (v. im pres;n. impres),USA pronunciation v.,  -pressed  or (Archaic) -prest;

  1. to press or force into public service, as sailors.
  2. to seize or take for public use.
  3. to take or persuade into service by forceful arguments:The neighbors were impressed into helping the family move.

  1. impressment.
  • im-1 + press2 1590–1600

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

impress vb /ɪmˈprɛs/(transitive)
  1. to make an impression on; have a strong, lasting, or favourable effect on: I am impressed by your work
  2. to produce (an imprint, etc) by pressure in or on (something): to impress a seal in wax, to impress wax with a seal
  3. (often followed by on) to stress (something to a person); urge; emphasize
  4. to exert pressure on; press
n /ˈɪmprɛs/
  1. the act or an instance of impressing
  2. a mark, imprint, or effect produced by impressing
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin imprimere to press into, imprint, from premere to press1

imˈpresser n imˈpressible adj
impress vb /ɪmˈprɛs/
  1. to commandeer or coerce (men or things) into government service; press-gang
n /ˈɪmprɛs/
  1. the act of commandeering or coercing into government service; impressment
Etymology: 16th Century: see im- in-², press²

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Collocations: impress [a girl, your friends, the teacher, visitors, the reader], impressed them with [a trick, his skills, her knowledge], impress [them, people] by [doing, making, juggling, throwing], more...

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