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Meaning of imprint by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French empreinte ( noun ), empreinter ( verb ), from the past participle of empreindre, from Latin imprimere .

    Pronunciation 1

    • IPA: /ˈɪm.pɹɪnt/


    imprint ( plural: imprints )

    1. An impression; the mark left behind by printing something .
      The day left an imprint in my mind .
    2. The name and details of a publisher or printer, as printed in a book etc.; a publishing house .
    3. A distinctive marking, symbol or logo .
      The shirts bore the company imprint on the right sleeve .

    Pronunciation 2

    • IPA: /ɪmˈpɹɪnt/


    imprint ( third-person singular simple present imprints present participle imprinting, simple past and past participle imprinted )

    1. To leave a print, impression, image, etc .
      For a fee, they can imprint the envelopes with a monogram .
    2. To learn something indelibly at a particular stage of life, such as who one's mother is .
    3. To mark a gene as being from a particular parent so that only one of the two copies of the gene is expressed .

Explanation of imprint by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. mark or stamp with or as if with pressure

    2. establish or impress firmly in the mind

    3. We imprint our ideas onto our children
    1. a device produced by pressure on a surface

    2. a distinctive influence

    3. English stills bears the imprint of the Norman invasion
    4. an impression produced by pressure or printing

    5. an identification of a publisher

    6. the book was published under a distinguished imprint
    7. a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

    Definition of imprint by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Imprint v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imptrinted; p. pr. & vb. n. Imprinting.] [OE. emprenten, F. empreint, p. p. of empreindre to imprint, fr. L. imprimere to impres, imprint. See 1st In-, Print, and cf. Impress.]
      1. To impress; to mark by pressure; to indent; to stamp.

      And sees his num'rous herds imprint her sands. Prior.

      2. To stamp or mark, as letters on paper, by means of type, plates, stamps, or the like; to print the mark ( figures, letters, etc., upon something ).

      Nature imprints upon whate'er we see,

      That has a heart and life in it, “Be free.” Cowper.

      3. To fix indelibly or permanently, as in the mind or memory; to impress.

      Ideas of those two different things distinctly imprinted on his mind. Locke.

      4. ( Ethology ) To create or acquire ( a behavioral pattern ) by the process of imprinting.

    2. Imprint n. [Cf. F. empreinte impress, stamp. See Imprint, v. t.] Whatever is impressed or imprinted; the impress or mark left by something; specifically, the name of the printer or publisher ( usually ) with the time and place of issue, in the title-page of a book, or on any printed sheet. “That imprint of their hands.” Buckle.