imprest

1
[ im-prest ]
/ ˈɪm prɛst /

noun

an advance of money; loan.

Nearby words

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

Origin of imprest

1
1560–70; probably noun use of obsolete v. imprest to advance money to < Italian imprestare < Latin im- im-1 + praestāre to be responsible for (prae- pre- + stāre to stand, influenced in sense by praes, stem praed- guarantor, one acting as surety

imprest

2
[ im-prest ]
/ ɪmˈprɛst /

verb Archaic.

simple past tense and past participle of impress1.

imprest

3

verb Archaic.

simple past tense and past participle of impress2.

impress

1
[ 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

Origin of impress

1
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

2
[ 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

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; im-1 + press2

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British Dictionary definitions for imprest

imprest

/ (ɪmˈprɛst) /

noun

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

C16: probably from Italian imprestare to lend, from Latin in- towards + praestāre to pay, from praestō at hand; see presto

impress

1

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

impress

2

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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