impress

1 [v. im-pres; n. im-pres]
verb (used with object), impressed or (Archaic) imprest; impressing.
1.
to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feelings; influence in opinion: He impressed us as a sincere young man.
2.
to fix deeply or firmly on the mind or memory, as ideas or facts: to impress the importance of honesty on a child.
3.
to urge, as something to be remembered or done: She impressed the need for action on them.
4.
to press (a thing) into or on something.
5.
to impose a particular characteristic or quality upon (something): The painter impressed his love of garish colors upon the landscape.
6.
to produce (a mark, figure, etc.) by pressure; stamp; imprint: The king impressed his seal on the melted wax.
7.
to apply with pressure, so as to leave a mark.
8.
to subject to or mark by pressure with something.
9.
to furnish with a mark, figure, etc., by or as if by stamping.
10.
Electricity. to produce (a voltage) or cause (a voltage) to appear or be produced on a conductor, circuit, etc.
verb (used without object), impressed or (Archaic) imprest; impressing.
11.
to create a favorable impression; draw attention to oneself: a child's behavior intended to impress.
noun
12.
the act of impressing.
13.
a mark made by or as by pressure; stamp; imprint.
14.
a distinctive character or effect imparted: writings that bear the impress of a strong personality.

Origin:
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

impresser, noun


1. move, sway, disturb; persuade.
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impress

2 [v. im-pres; n. im-pres]
verb (used with object), impressed or (Archaic) imprest; impressing.
1.
to press or force into public service, as sailors.
2.
to seize or take for public use.
3.
to take or persuade into service by forceful arguments: The neighbors were impressed into helping the family move.
noun

Origin:
1590–1600; im-1 + press2

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impress1
 
vb
1.  to make an impression on; have a strong, lasting, or favourable effect on: I am impressed by your work
2.  to produce (an imprint, etc) by pressure in or on (something): to impress a seal in wax; to impress wax with a seal
3.  (often foll by on) to stress (something to a person); urge; emphasize: to impress the danger of a situation on someone
4.  to exert pressure on; press
5.  electronics to apply (a voltage) to a circuit or device
 
n
6.  the act or an instance of impressing
7.  a mark, imprint, or effect produced by impressing
 
[C14: from Latin imprimere to press into, imprint, from premere to press1]
 
im'presser1
 
n
 
im'pressible1
 
adj

impress2
 
vb
1.  to commandeer or coerce (men or things) into government service; press-gang
 
n
2.  the act of commandeering or coercing into government service; impressment
 
[C16: see im-in-², press²]

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impress
late 14c., "to apply with pressure, make a permanent image in," from L. impressus, pp. of imprimere "press into or upon, stamp," from in- "into" + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). Figurative sense of "have a strong effect on the mind or heart" is from early 15c. Sense
of "to levy for military service" is from 1590s, a meaning more from press (v.2).
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