I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin impressus, past participle of imprimere, from in- + premere to press — more at press Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to apply with pressure so as to imprint b. to produce (as a mark) by pressure c. to mark by or as if by pressure or stamping 2. a. to produce a vivid impression of b. to affect especially forcibly or deeply ; gain the admiration or interest of <
her honesty impressed us
3. transfer, transmit intransitive verb to produce an impression Synonyms: see affectimpressibility nounimpressible adjective II. noun Date: 1590 1. a characteristic or distinctive mark ; stamp <
the impress of a fresh and vital intelligence is stamped…in his work — Lytton Strachey
2. impression, effect <
have an impress on history
3. the act of impressing 4. a. a mark made by pressure ; imprint b. an image of something formed by or as if by pressure; especially seal c. a product of pressure or influence III. transitive verb Etymology: 2in- + 3press Date: 1596 1. to levy or take by force for public service; especially to force into naval service 2. a. to procure or enlist by forcible persuasion b. force <
impressed him into a white coat for the Christmas festivities — Nancy Hale
IV. noun Date: 1602 impressment

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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