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Meaning of impress by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English impressen, from Latin impressus, perfect passive participle of imprimere ( “to press into or upon, stick, stamp, or dig into” ), from in ( “in, upon” ) + premere ( “to press” ) .


    impress ( third-person singular simple present impresses present participle impressing, simple past and past participle impressed )

    1. ( transitive ) To affect ( someone ) strongly and often favourably
      You impressed me with your command of Urdu .
    2. ( transitive ) To produce a vivid impression of ( something )
      That first view of the Eiger impressed itself on my mind .
    3. ( transitive ) To mark or stamp ( something ) using pressure
      We impressed our footprints in the wet cement .
    4. ( transitive ) To compel ( someone ) to serve in a military force
      The press gang used to impress people into the Navy .
    5. ( transitive ) To seize or confiscate ( property ) by force
      The liner was impressed as a troop carrier .
    6. ( intransitive ) To make an impression, to be impressive
      Henderson impressed in his first game as captain .


    • ( verb )enPR: ĭmprĕsʹ, IPA: /ɪmˈprɛs/, SAMPA: /Im"prEs/
    • ( noun )enPR: ĭmʹprĕs, IPA: /ˈɪmprɛs/, SAMPA: /"ImprEs/
    • Rhymes: -ɛs



    impress ( plural: impresses )

    1. The act of impressing
    2. An impression, and impressed image or copy of something
    3. A stamp or seal used to make an impression
    4. An impression on the mind, imagination etc.


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɪmpɹɛs/

    External links

    • impress in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • impress in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • impress at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of impress by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. dye ( fabric ) before it is spun

    2. produce or try to produce a vivid impression of

    3. take ( someone ) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship

    4. mark or stamp with or as if with pressure

    5. To make a batik, you impress a design with wax
    6. reproduce by printing

    7. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

    8. This child impressed me as unusually mature
    9. impress positively

    10. The young chess player impressed her audience
    1. the act of coercing someone into government service

    Definition of impress by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Impresa ( emprāsȧ ), n. [It. See Emprise, and cf. Impress, n., 4.] ( Her. ) A device on a shield or seal, or used as a bookplate or the like. [Written also imprese and impress.]

      My impresa to your lordship; a swain

      Flying to a laurel for shelter. J. Webster.

    2. Impress v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impressed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Impressing.] [L. impressus, p. p. of imprimere to impress; pref. im- in, on + premere to press. See Press to squeeze, and cf. Imprint.]
      1. To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint ( that which bears the impression ).

      His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed. Shak.

      2. To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to imprint ( a mark or figure upon something ).

      3. Fig.: To fix deeply in the mind; to present forcibly to the attention, etc.; to imprint; to inculcate.

      Impress the motives of persuasion upon our own hearts till we feel the force of them. I. Watts.

      4. [See Imprest, Impress, n., 5.] To take by force for public service; as, “to impress sailors or money”.

      The second five thousand pounds impressed for the service of the sick and wounded prisoners. Evelyn.

    3. Impress, v. i. To be impressed; to rest. [Obs.]

      Such fiendly thoughts in his heart impress. Chaucer.

    4. Impress n.; pl. Impresses
      1. The act of impressing or making.

      2. A mark made by pressure; an indentation; imprint; the image or figure of anything, formed by pressure or as if by pressure; result produced by pressure or influence.

      The impresses of the insides of these shells. Woodward.

      This weak impress of love is as a figure

      Trenched in ice. Shak.

      3. Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp. South.

      4. A device. See Impresa. Cussans.

      To describe . . . emblazoned shields,

      Impresses quaint. Milton.

      5. [See Imprest, Press to force into service.] The act of impressing, or taking by force for the public service; compulsion to serve; also, that which is impressed.

      Why such impress of shipwrights? Shak.

      Impress gang, a party of men, with an officer, employed to impress seamen for ships of war; a press gang. -- Impress money, a sum of money paid, immediately upon their entering service, to men who have been impressed.