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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To force into military or naval service.
  • transitive verb To force or coerce.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act as a press-gang.
  • noun A detachment under the command of an officer empowered to impress men into the public service, especially the naval service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A body of men employed to force others into military or naval service.
  • verb To force men into military or naval service.
  • verb To coerce somebody into doing something that they are reluctant to do.

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