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[ noun im-print; verb im-print ]


  1. a mark made by pressure; a mark or figure impressed or printed on something.
  2. any impression or impressed effect:

    He left the imprint of his thought on all succeeding scholars.

  3. Bibliography.
    1. the name of a book's publisher printed on the title page or elsewhere, usually with the place and date of publication.
    2. the statement of such information in a bibliographic description of a printed work.
    3. a name, title, or other designation by which all or certain specific books of a publisher are identified.
  4. any marketing name used by a company or organization for a product line; brand or label.
  5. the printer's name and address as indicated on any printed matter.

verb (used with object)

  1. to impress (a quality, character, distinguishing mark, etc.).
  2. to produce (a mark) on something by pressure.
  3. to bestow, as a kiss.
  4. to fix firmly on the mind, memory, etc.
  5. Animal Behavior, Psychology. to acquire or establish by imprinting.
  6. to make an imprint upon.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make an impression; have an effect.



  1. a mark or impression produced by pressure, printing, or stamping
  2. a characteristic mark or indication; stamp

    the imprint of great sadness on his face

  3. the publisher's name and address, usually with the date of publication, in a book, pamphlet, etc
  4. the printer's name and address on any printed matter
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  1. to produce (a mark, impression, etc) on (a surface) by pressure, printing, or stamping

    to imprint a seal on wax

    to imprint wax with a seal

  2. to establish firmly; impress; stamp

    to imprint the details on one's mind

  3. (of young animals) to undergo the process of imprinting
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • imˈprinter, noun
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Other Words From

  • reim·print verb (used with object)
  • unim·printed adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of imprint1

1325–75; im- 1 + print; replacing Middle English empreynten < Middle French empreinter, derivative of empreinte, feminine past participle of empreindre < Latin imprimere to impress 1
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Example Sentences

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From Fortune

Available from Basic Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Megaplexes, designed during a blockbuster era of moviegoing, resemble airport hangars, with no discernible atmosphere or curatorial imprint, and “concessions” conceding to our worst instincts.

From Fortune

Reprinted by permission of Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

From Fortune

Davis is a vice president at Simon & Schuster, where she founded and now leads 37 Ink, an imprint dedicated to sharing stories from marginalized communities.

From Eater

Reprinted by permission of Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint.

No Hero and No Easy Day are published by Penguin Group (USA)'s Dutton imprint.

Andre Torres, the former editor of Scratch Magazine, which began as an imprint of XXL, remembers similar hostile situations.

Three big sunflowers were lying on the still fresh imprint of a human body in the soil in the orphanage yard.

Reprinted by arrangement with Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Random House LLC.

The fresh imprint of a tiger's paw upon the pathway gives the same sort of feel to the Indian herdsman.

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.

He trudged across burning lava on which his feet left their imprint; he had the appearance of a desperately dogged traveller.

Three hundred copies of this book printed for England, and two hundred, with an American imprint, for sale in that country.

Do not suppose that the Scotchman ran to imprint a farewell kiss on the brow of his dead son.


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