[ 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 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.
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.
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.
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Origin of impress1
OTHER WORDS FROM impressim·press·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for impresser (1 of 2)
verb (ɪmˈprɛs) (tr)
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
Derived forms of impressimpresser, nounimpressible, adjective
Word Origin for impress
C14: from Latin imprimere to press into, imprint, from premere to press 1
British Dictionary definitions for impresser (2 of 2)
to commandeer or coerce (men or things) into government service; press-gang
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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