AskDefine | Define impress

Dictionary Definition

impress n : the act of coercing someone into government service [syn: impressment]


1 have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd" [syn: affect, move, strike]
2 impress positively; "The young chess player impressed her audience"
3 produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us" [syn: ingrain, instill]
4 mark or stamp with or as if with pressure; "To make a batik, you impress a design with wax" [syn: imprint]
5 reproduce by printing [syn: print]
6 take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after being drugged" [syn: shanghai]
7 dye (fabric) before it is spun [syn: yarn-dye]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old (and modern) French empresser, modelled on Latin imprimere.

Pronunciation 1

  • , /ɪmˈprɛs/, /Im"prEs/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛs


  1. To affect (someone) strongly and often favourably
    You impressed me with your command of Urdu.
  2. To produce a vivid impression of (something)
    That first view of the Eiger impressed itself on my mind.
  3. To mark or stamp (something) using pressure
    We impressed our footprints in the wet cement.
  4. To compel (someone) to serve in a military force
    The press gang used to impress people into the Navy.
  5. To seize or confiscate (property) by force
    The liner was impressed as a troop carrier.
  6. To make an impression, to be impressive
    Henderson impressed in his first game as captain.
affect (someone) strongly and often favourably
produce a vivid impression of
mark or stamp (something) using pressure
compel (someone) to serve in a military force
seize or confiscate (property) by force
make an impression

Pronunciation 2

  • , /ˈɪmprɛs/, /"ImprEs/


  1. The act of impressing
  2. An impression, and impressed image or copy of something
    • 1908: We know that you were pressed for money, that you took an impress of the keys which your brother held — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans’ (Norton 2005, p.1330)
  3. A stamp or seal used to make an impression
  4. Something impressed
act of impressing
stamp or seal used to make an impression
something impressed

Extensive Definition

Impress or Impression may have several meanings:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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