Main definitions of impress in English

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impress1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (someone) feel admiration and respect.

    ‘they immediately impressed the judges’
    [no object] ‘he has to put on an act to impress’
    • ‘The result was a startling and unconventional series of designs which really impressed those at a special show at the school.’
    • ‘Later, eager to impress Mark in the pub, she foregoes her normal vodka-and-coke and nonchalantly orders a glass of wine.’
    • ‘When he started dating a girl he was quite seriously about, Mum opened a bank account, weekly deposited money into and gave him an access card so he could impress his girl.’
    • ‘I have known Jenni for some years and she has always impressed me with her honesty, her tenacity, her cheerful, loving and caring nature.’
    • ‘Are you impressed with the design of the website?’
    • ‘I was immediately impressed by the fact that this place was packed with diners - usually an indicator that either the food is renowned for its excellence or for its cheapness.’
    • ‘I was very impressed by the quality of instructors Lassen is able to provide students.’
    • ‘The office, like the chair, was designed to impress more than actually function.’
    • ‘We are always impressed with artists who persist in making abstract work.’
    • ‘The other attribute that always impressed me about him was the fact that he found it hard to criticise.’
    • ‘The ‘visit’ was, in truth, a vast exercise in participatory theatre, designed to impress his allies and intimidate his generals.’
    • ‘It was a move designed to impress every eye watching.’
    • ‘Visitors were most impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of pupils, teachers and all concerned.’
    • ‘His audience was quite impressed with his performance.’
    • ‘Although this should be an easy victory for Kaddour, the pressure to impress those at ringside will be great.’
    • ‘In contrast, entrances to palaces and places of worship are usually large and designed to impress visitors with the power of the owner or the importance of a religion.’
    • ‘he raised his eyebrows curiously, impressed by Mark's advice.’
    • ‘Although impressed on many occasions by the food, service and scenery he also admitted to being disappointed by out-of-order toilets on more than one occasion and cold, curt service.’
    • ‘Professor Sibbett said he had been hugely impressed on a recent visit to China by the lengths to which that country's leaders were going to encourage a strong science base.’
    • ‘She is delighted by its lightweight, compact and robust design, and highly impressed by its competitive price.’
    make an impression on, have an impact on, influence, affect, leave a mark on, move, stir, rouse, excite, inspire, galvanize
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  • 2Make a mark or design on (an object) using a stamp or seal; imprint.

    ‘she impressed the damp clay with her seal’
    • ‘Each of the complete documents was found folded; two were tied with string and sealed with a lump of clay impressed with the same stamp.’
    • ‘Twenty-three different seals were used to impress the 56 nodules from Thebes.’
    • ‘It was no ordinary wash-tub, but had upon it designs, impressed in the copper, of grapes and vines.’
    • ‘He also designed a house that only exists in its designs impressed in relief on thick paper.’
    • ‘These five sealings form a coherent record group, since they contain related subject content and are all impressed with the same seal.’
    • ‘Spiral grooves are impressed on inner surfaces of the barrel of every gun, a step known as rifling.’
    • ‘If the ‘collector’ here is indicated at all, it would be by the seal that has impressed these sealings.’
    • ‘Various designs were impressed on brass buttons - the new president's initials, a chain linking the states' initials, and an eagle and sunrise design that George Washington is reputed to have worn at his inauguration.’
    • ‘It imprints, impresses and embosses foils, paper, ribbon and even clay.’
    • ‘According to convention, the base of each piece is impressed with a red seal.’
    • ‘On the contrary, we know that the pattern of ink markings on the page you are reading was impressed on the ink by the printing device.’
    1. 2.1Apply (a mark) to something with pressure.
      ‘a revenue stamp was embossed or impressed on the instrument’
      • ‘The artist could carve an image onto wooden or metal blocks, ink the block and impress it on paper.’
      • ‘Brass and, to some extent, bronze finishing tools have been used for centuries by bookbinders to impress designs and lines onto leather bindings.’
      • ‘Blind printing is a method where a raised design is impressed into the paper.’
      • ‘A raised effect is created by impressing a design into wallcovering using either pressure or heat.’
  • 3Fix an idea in (someone's mind)

    ‘nobody impressed on me the need to save’
    • ‘Importantly, his divorce lawyer also impressed this point on him.’
    • ‘The salience of what researchers have seen and heard has to be impressed on the audience.’
    • ‘Wittgenstein impressed this fact on the philosophical consciousness of the century with his critique of the private language argument.’
    • ‘Her main goal, which was impressed on her from the time she was a child, was to attract a good man and get married.’
    • ‘But the thing I've impressed on the lads is that this isn't a day out in Blackpool, it's our chance to win a match which will take this club back into the Conference.’
    • ‘Their ancestors labored to build and rebuild the city and over centuries impressed their own character on it, triumphing over a harsh climate and foreign invasions, and surviving indifferent and brutal leaders.’
    • ‘You don't win friends by impressing your opinion on them.’
    • ‘‘We impressed on the children not to leave litter behind and they kept their word,’ one of the escorts said.’
    • ‘‘The thing that they impressed on me most as a child is that I should try to make up my own mind about things,’ says Corre.’
    • ‘From day one, the culture of the company is being impressed on the employee.’
    • ‘They are carving up wheat fields with ever more elaborate designs to impress upon us how intelligent they are.’
    • ‘A sense of age is impressed on the visitor when first entering the house, with a hall that has a granite floor and a wood burning stove in a marble surround fireplace.’
    • ‘Certainly it had been impressed on him that life was much less stressful here than back in the busy scene he had been conned away from at home.’
    • ‘But there are times when the reality and full significance of a tragedy become deeply impressed on all of us.’
    • ‘If you want to impress any ideas on people, try being reasonable.’
    • ‘This was impressed on me yet again in his last year at Newsday.’
    • ‘I cannot remember that it was ever impressed on me that true religion was of the heart.’
    • ‘Each dynasty or era naturally impressed its own character on the imperial government itself.’
    • ‘From the time she could crawl, I impressed on her, repeating the words time and again, that she should be ‘gentle’ with the cats.’
    • ‘This was impressed on me when I was about 13 or 14, by an art teacher that I admired very much.’
    emphasize to, stress to, bring home to, establish in someone's mind, fix deeply in someone's mind, instil in, inculcate in, drum into, knock into, drive into, din into, ingrain in, leave in no doubt
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  • 4Apply (an electric current or potential) from an external source.

    • ‘At this point the capacitor is fully charged and it carries the full impressed voltage.’
    • ‘Polarity of the impressed voltage was controlled by using the diode as shown in Fig.5.’

noun

  • 1[in singular] An act of making an impression or mark.

    ‘bluish marks made by the impress of his fingers’
    • ‘Also, the creepiest images - the ones that linger like the impress of clammy fingers on the back of your neck - are in the first volume.’
    1. 1.1A mark made by a seal or stamp.
    2. 1.2The characteristic mark or quality of a person or attribute.
      ‘his desire to put his own impress on the films he made’
      • ‘They are also-significantly, perhaps-those showing the deepest impress of Swift's work.’
      • ‘Golden light makes the landscape seem otherworldly, yet it has the reassuring impress of humanity about it.’
      • ‘Although mainstream church attendance is in decline, Scotland bears the impress of its Protestant history.’
      • ‘A book on British politics based on the 1980s and early 1990s inevitably bore the heavy impress of Mrs Thatcher and the ideas and policies associated with her.’
      • ‘The cultural life of Kashmir has had the impress of great mystics.’
      • ‘The conventional view held that cultural impress on the New World was rudimentary, artless, too recent to have mellowed the garish profusion of nature.’
      • ‘Thus it is that, although religions claim universality, much of what is claimed to be universal is discovered to bear the impress of culture, society and history.’
      • ‘The impress of age and experience is not only disregarded but frowned upon.’
      • ‘He was a prolific book illustrator, and as few other artists had the power to concentrate the impress of his genius in even the smallest and slightest of his works.’
      • ‘As empty spaces, they carry an impress of the pure sterility imparted by death - the sense of the ascetic and the pure that comes with too many washings of the same white sheet.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense apply with pressure): from Old French empresser, from em- in + presser to press influenced by Latin imprimere (see imprint). impress dates from the mid 18th century.

Main definitions of impress in English

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impress2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]historical
  • 1 Force (someone) to serve in an army or navy.

    ‘a number of Poles, impressed into the German army’
    • ‘As the Mongol army advanced, they impressed the young men from the countryside into labor gangs to transport supplies and keep open the highways.’
    • ‘Both the Union and Confederate armies began impressing large numbers of African Americans, free and enslaved, for military labor.’
    1. 1.1Commandeer (goods or equipment) for public service.

Origin

Late 16th century: from in- into + press.