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


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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)



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