imprest

1 [im-prest]

Origin:
1560–70; probably noun use of obsolete v. imprest to advance money to < Italian imprestare < Latin im- im-1 + praestāre to be responsible for (prae- pre- + stāre to stand, influenced in sense by praes, stem praed- guarantor, one acting as surety

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imprest

2 [im-prest]
verb Archaic.
simple past tense and past participle of impress.

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.

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]

imprest (ɪmˈprɛst)
 
n
1.  a fund of cash from which a department or other unit pays incidental expenses, topped up periodically from central funds
2.  chiefly (Brit) an advance from government funds for the performance of some public business or service
3.  (Brit) (formerly) an advance payment of wages to a sailor or soldier
 
[C16: probably from Italian imprestare to lend, from Latin in- towards + praestāre to pay, from praestō at hand; see presto]

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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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Example sentences
To establish guidelines, policies and procedures that apply to imprest funds established by state agencies.
Describes policy for administration of imprest funds.
When the audit was performed it may have been possible that employees handling
  imprest funds were not certified.
The imprest fund purchases are used for the purchase of supplies, materials,
  and small equipment.
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