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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To be impressed; to rest.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- n. Impressment.
- n. See imprese.
- In electricity, to apply electromotive force to (a circuit) from some outside source or to create difference of potential in (a conductor).
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
We do endeavor, it is true, by all the powers we possess, to impress upon the mind the great importance of a good education; and not only to _impress_ it upon the mind, but to assist the mind to act, that it may obtain it.
The last person you'd think El Bulli would impress is a no-nonsense chef such as Anthony Bourdain, whose idea of cooking, he has said, is "exposing protein to flame."
With last week's performance of 382 yards passing, 20 yards rushing and four touchdown passes, Fitz should be out to once again impress the pundits and fans who doubted his ability to turn this offense around.
It drew me in almost immediately whereas Enterprise failed to impress from the get-go.
But it's a wonderful place to visit and be in a place where they're not obsessed with being better than everyone else; they know the only people they have to impress is themselves, and they do a fine job of that.
She once defined madness to me as an inability to balance or impress – in other words in conversation one person says something and the other person weighs it up and replies.
Balfour of Burley; and so deeply did the idea impress him, that he dropped
God by his own spirit makes the seal, the impress, which is in his own image or likeness.
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The captain is a absolute coward and a person who risked more than 4000 life's in order to impress, which is something you simply do not do a see.....
Morton could not help, in his heart, contrasting him with Balfour of Burley; and so deeply did the idea impress him, that he dropped a hint of it as they rode together at some distance from the troop.