Meaning of impress


Pronunciation: (v.im-pres'n.im'pres), [key]
— v., n. -pressed -prest -pres&sylsing
  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. to produce (a voltage) or cause (a voltage) to appear or be produced on a conductor, circuit, etc.
  1. to create a favorable impression; draw attention to oneself: a child's behavior intended to impress.
  1. the act of impressing.
  2. a mark made by or as by pressure; stamp; imprint.
  3. a distinctive character or effect imparted: writings that bear the impress of a strong personality.


Pronunciation: (v.im-pres'n.im'pres), [key]
— v., n. -pressed -prest -pres&sylsing
  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.
  1. impressment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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