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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To affect strongly, often favorably: wrote down whatever impressed me during the journey; was impressed by the child's sincerity. See Synonyms at affect1.
  • transitive v. To produce or attempt to produce a vivid impression or image of: a scene that impressed itself on her memory; impresses the value of money on their children.
  • transitive v. To mark or stamp with or as if with pressure: impressed a design on the hot wax.
  • transitive v. To apply with pressure; press.
  • n. The act of impressing.
  • n. A mark or pattern produced by or as if by impressing. See Synonyms at impression.
  • n. A stamp or seal meant to be impressed.
  • transitive v. To compel (a person) to serve in a military force.
  • transitive v. To seize (property) by force or authority; confiscate.
  • n. Impressment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To affect (someone) strongly and often favourably
  • v. To make an impression, to be impressive.
  • v. To produce a vivid impression of (something)
  • v. To mark or stamp (something) using pressure
  • v. To compel (someone) to serve in a military force
  • v. To seize or confiscate (property) by force
  • n. The act of impressing
  • n. An impression, and impressed image or copy of something
  • n. A stamp or seal used to make an impression
  • n. An impression on the mind, imagination etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of impressing or making.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp.
  • n. A device. See Impresa.
  • n. The act of impressing, or taking by force for the public service; compulsion to serve; also, that which is impressed.
  • intransitive v. To be impressed; to rest.
  • transitive v. To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint (that which bears the impression).
  • transitive v. To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to imprint (a mark or figure upon something).
  • transitive v. To fix deeply in the mind; to present forcibly to the attention, etc.; to imprint; to inculcate.
  • transitive v. To take by force for public service.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press upon or against; stamp in; mark by pressure; make an impression upon.
  • Hence To affect forcibly, as the mind or some one of its faculties; produce a mental effect upon: as, to impress the memory or imagination; the matter impressed him favorably.
  • To produce or fix by pressure, or as if by pressure; make an impression of; imprint, literally or figuratively: as, to impress figures on coins or plate; to impress an image on the memory.
  • Hence To stamp deeply on the mind; fix by inculcation.
  • To be stamped or impressed; fix itself.
  • To compel to enter into public service, as seamen; take into service by compulsion, as nurses during an epidemic.
  • To seize; take for public use: as, to impress provisions.
  • In electricity, to apply electromotive force to (a circuit) from some outside source or to create difference of potential in (a conductor).
  • n. A mark or indentation made by pressure; the figure or image of anything imparted by pressure, or as if by pressure; stamp; impression; hence, any distinguishing form or character.
  • n. Semblance; appearance.
  • n. Impressment.
  • n. See imprese.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dye (fabric) before it is spun
  • v. produce or try to produce a vivid impression of
  • v. take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship
  • v. mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
  • v. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  • v. impress positively
  • n. the act of coercing someone into government service
  • v. reproduce by printing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English impressen, to imprint, from Old French empresser, from Latin impressus, past participle of imprimere : in-, in; see in-2 + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
in-2 + press2 (influenced by obsolete imprest, advance on a soldier's pay).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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