- 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.
- Electricity. to produce (a voltage) or cause (a voltage) to appear or be produced on a conductor, circuit, etc.
- to create a favorable impression; draw attention to oneself: a child's behavior intended to impress.
- 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.
Origin of impress1
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- 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.
Origin of impress2
Examples from the Web for impress
Since he doesn't have to impress me, it's clearly a little show for Alma.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
A new reality series spotlights the extent people will go to impress a crush—from pretending to be deaf to committing theft.
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.
“He spent most of his time trying to impress me,” Campbell tells Piazza about a meeting with Ryan.The World Would Go to Hell Without Nuns
September 4, 2014
[Your superiors] become the people you most want to impress—and this is how you do it.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
Boys were flogged when criminals were hanged, to impress the awful warning on them.
Boys were flogged at boundaries, to impress the boundaries on their memory.
The Eastern end of the Cathedral does not impress the beholder.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
She said this calmly and quietly, as though to impress her informant and reassure him.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
These performances, I gather, are to impress upon you that he is a free man and your equal.American Notes
- to make an impression on; have a strong, lasting, or favourable effect onI 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 foll by on) to stress (something to a person); urge; emphasizeto impress the danger of a situation on someone
- to exert pressure on; press
- electronics to apply (a voltage) to a circuit or device
- the act or an instance of impressing
- a mark, imprint, or effect produced by impressing
- to commandeer or coerce (men or things) into government service; press-gang
- the act of commandeering or coercing into government service; impressment
Word Origin and History for impress
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.).