- an advance of money; loan.
Origin of imprest1
- simple past tense and past participle of impress1.
- simple past tense and past participle of impress2.
- 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 imprestthrill, faze, excite, touch, affect, awe, sway, inspire, mark, slay, move, pique, arouse, kill, carry, bulldoze, provoke, electrify, score, galvanize
Examples from the Web for imprest
Historical Examples of imprest
Note how each sentence is rounded out into fulness, until it is imprest upon your memory.Successful Methods of Public Speaking
The evening on which I saw the Rhine for the first time, I was imprest with the same idea.
So home, mightily pleased in mind that I have got my bills of imprest cleared by bills signed this day, to my good satisfaction.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
The pressed sailors often deserted with the “imprest money” given them.
God gyue them his grace and make them imprest as true Christians ought.
- a fund of cash from which a department or other unit pays incidental expenses, topped up periodically from central funds
- mainly British an advance from government funds for the performance of some public business or service
- British (formerly) an advance payment of wages to a sailor or soldier
Word Origin for imprest
- 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.).