- 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
Related Words for impressingthrill, faze, excite, touch, affect, awe, sway, inspire, mark, slay, move, pique, arouse, kill, carry, bulldoze, provoke, electrify, score, galvanize
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Contemporary Examples of impressing
One would be in the midst of a lot of actors, and besides, they're really only good for impressing shopgirls.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Just impressing each other with their photo thefts appears to be reward enough for them.'The Fappening' and Revenge Porn Culture: Jennifer Lawrence and the Creepshot Epidemic
September 3, 2014
Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore valiantly battles Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans Wednesday morning, impressing everyone.Clint Eastwood Talks to Invisible, a SEAL Speaks & More Viral Videos
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September 1, 2012
They manage to excite their respective party bases while also impressing establishment heavyweights.New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Cory Booker Swap Partisan Bickering for Collaboration
May 16, 2012
Historical Examples of impressing
Wilhelmine's statements were impressing de Loubersac less and less favourably.A Nest of Spies
He was very earnest in impressing on Heemskirk his own feeling of absolute security.'Twixt Land & Sea
We were not singing it—any of us, except Babberly—with a view to impressing other people.
I have no doubt that she was successful in impressing her views on Babberly and the others.
As for impressing her, or hoping to impress her, with rank—pooh!
- 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
Word Origin for impress
- 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
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.).