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[noun im-print; verb im-print] /noun ˈɪm prɪnt; verb ɪmˈprɪnt/
a mark made by pressure; a mark or figure impressed or printed on something.
any impression or impressed effect:
He left the imprint of his thought on all succeeding scholars.
  1. the name of a book's publisher printed on the title page or elsewhere, usually with the place and date of publication.
  2. the statement of such information in a bibliographic description of a printed work.
  3. a name, title, or other designation by which all or certain specific books of a publisher are identified.
any marketing name used by a company or organization for a product line; brand or label.
the printer's name and address as indicated on any printed matter.
verb (used with object)
to impress (a quality, character, distinguishing mark, etc.).
to produce (a mark) on something by pressure.
to bestow, as a kiss.
to fix firmly on the mind, memory, etc.
Animal Behavior, Psychology. to acquire or establish by imprinting.
to make an imprint upon.
verb (used without object)
to make an impression; have an effect.
Origin of imprint
1325-75; im-1 + print; replacing Middle English empreynten < Middle French empreinter, derivative of empreinte, feminine past participle of empreindre < Latin imprimere to impress1
Related forms
reimprint, verb (used with object)
unimprinted, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was published in 1766, with a London imprint on the title-page.

    Ponteach Robert Rogers
  • How could he who appeared to the tailor Bauh imprint his hand on the board which he presented to him?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Many a volume printed in Holland and Germany bears the London imprint.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • For some reason or other no imprint was applied to the plate for the 17c value.

    The Stamps of Canada Bertram Poole
  • I wanted to imprint a sweet—serious kiss upon your hand; and that's all.'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for imprint


noun (ˈɪmprɪnt)
a mark or impression produced by pressure, printing, or stamping
a characteristic mark or indication; stamp: the imprint of great sadness on his face
the publisher's name and address, usually with the date of publication, in a book, pamphlet, etc
the printer's name and address on any printed matter
verb (ɪmˈprɪnt)
to produce (a mark, impression, etc) on (a surface) by pressure, printing, or stamping: to imprint a seal on wax, to imprint wax with a seal
to establish firmly; impress; stamp: to imprint the details on one's mind
(of young animals) to undergo the process of imprinting
Derived Forms
imprinter, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for imprint

late 14c., from Old French empreinter, from empreinte, noun use of fem. past participle of eimpreindre "to impress, imprint," from Vulgar Latin *impremere, from Latin imprimere "to impress, imprint" (see impress). As a noun from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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