Hannigan pretended to be a basketball pro in order to impress a hot guy she had a crush on—only she had never played basketball.
I know you're married with kids and settled now, but what's the craziest thing you've done in the past to impress a girl?
When another boy wondered if Biden had ever slept on his airplane, the vice president spotted another opportunity to impress.
She was the girl to impress at Wellesley—and we were all in awe of her.
Now he cooks—he became interested when he realized he could impress girls with cooking.
I think that God intended to impress us with the vividness of that color.
There is a need for expression which will win attention and impress the memory.
Their peculiar circumstances in Poland left an impress upon their inner life.
His appearance did not impress me as fantastically as it had impressed Colonel McClure.
The power which, on all occasions, thou hast been so careful to impress upon me, hath but made thy hypocrisy the more astonishing.
late 14c., "have a strong effect on the mind or heart," from Latin impressus, past participle of imprimere "press into or upon, stamp," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). Literal sense of "to apply with pressure, make a permanent image in, indent, imprint" is from early 15c. in English. Sense of "to levy for military service" is from 1590s, a meaning more from press (v.2). Related: Impressed; impressing.
"act of impressing," also "characteristic mark," 1590s, from impress (v.).