impress

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[ verb im-pres; noun im-pres ]
/ verb ɪmˈprɛs; noun ˈɪm prɛs /

verb (used with object), im·pressed or (Archaic) im·prest; im·pres·sing.

verb (used without object), im·pressed or (Archaic) im·prest; im·pres·sing.

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. impregnate,
  2. impregnation,
  3. impresa,
  4. impresario,
  5. imprescriptible,
  6. impressed,
  7. impressible,
  8. impression,
  9. impressionable,
  10. impressionism

Origin of impress

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1325–75; Middle English < 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

Related formsim·press·er, noun

impress

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[ verb im-pres; noun im-pres ]
/ verb ɪmˈprɛs; noun ˈɪm prɛs /

verb (used with object), im·pressed or (Archaic) im·prest; im·pres·sing.

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.

noun

Origin of impress

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First recorded in 1590–1600; im-1 + press2

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British Dictionary definitions for impress

impress

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verb (ɪmˈprɛs) (tr)

noun (ˈɪmprɛs)

the act or an instance of impressing
a mark, imprint, or effect produced by impressing
Derived Formsimpresser, nounimpressible, adjective

Word Origin for impress

C14: from Latin imprimere to press into, imprint, from premere to press 1

verb (ɪmˈprɛs)

to commandeer or coerce (men or things) into government service; press-gang

noun (ˈɪmprɛs)

the act of commandeering or coercing into government service; impressment

Word Origin for impress

C16: see im- in- ², press ²

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