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impress1

[v. im-pres; n. im-pres] /v. ɪmˈprɛs; n. ˈɪm prɛs/
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
1325-1375
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 forms
impresser, noun
Synonyms
1. move, sway, disturb; persuade.

impress2

[v. im-pres; n. im-pres] /v. ɪmˈprɛs; n. ˈɪm prɛs/
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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  • When you tell them you grew the sorrel yourself, then they're really impressed.
  • Courts have historically been impressed with the legal testimony of experts simply because of their credentials.
  • impressed by the stickiness of the bur's hooks, he copied the design, engineering a two-piece fastener.
  • Each one marked a pitcher plant impressed into the service of science.
  • He also stayed at shrines, where the discipline of the monks deeply impressed him.
  • He was so impressed with the clouds that he photographed them before directing his group back toward shelter.
  • We were impressed by his elaborate curls and asked how he made them.
  • They believe in winning streaks and are impressed by short-term success.
  • Four centuries later their descendants are less impressed by such adventuring.
  • On a visit some years ago, your correspondent was suitably impressed by both.
British Dictionary definitions for impressed

impress1

verb (transitive) (ɪmˈprɛs)
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
noun (ˈɪmprɛs)
6.
the act or an instance of impressing
7.
a mark, imprint, or effect produced by impressing
Derived Forms
impresser, noun
impressible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin imprimere to press into, imprint, from premere to press1

impress2

verb (ɪmˈprɛs)
1.
to commandeer or coerce (men or things) into government service; press-gang
noun (ˈɪmprɛs)
2.
the act of commandeering or coercing into government service; impressment
Word Origin
C16: see im-in-², press²
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Word Origin and History for impressed
adj.

early 15c., "pressed or forced upon" (the mind), past participle adjective from impress (v.).

impress

v.

late 14c., "have a strong effect on the mind or heart," from Latin impressus, past participle of imprimere "press into or upon, stamp," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). Literal sense of "to apply with pressure, make a permanent image in, indent, imprint" is from early 15c. in English. Sense of "to levy for military service" is from 1590s, a meaning more from press (v.2). Related: Impressed; impressing.

n.

"act of impressing," also "characteristic mark," 1590s, from impress (v.).

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