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Meaning of IMPRESS

Pronunciation:  [n]'impres, [v]im'pres, im'pres

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of coercing someone into government service
  2. [v]  dye (fabric) before it is spun
  3. [v]  make a deep and indelible impression on someone
  4. [v]  take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, esp. on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
  5. [v]  mark or stamp with or as if with pressure; "To make a batik, you impress a design with wax"
  6. [v]  reproduce by printing
  7. [v]  have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
  8. [v]  impress positively; "The young chess player impressed her audience"

IMPRESS is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: affect, impressment, imprint, ingrain, instill, move, print, shanghai, strike, yarn-dye
 See Also: abduct, affect, boldface, boss, change surface, cloud, cyclostyle, disturb, dye, emboss, experience, feel, hit home, impress, impress, infect, ingrain, instill, italicise, italicize, jar, kidnap, letter, move, multigraph, nobble, overprint, pierce, prepossess, press, print over, prove, sadden, seizure, smite, snatch, stamp, stir, strike, strike a chord, strike a note, strike dumb, strike home, sweep away, sweep off, touch, trouble, typeset, upset, wow, write, zap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impressed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Impressing}.] [L. impressus, p. p. of imprimere to
    impress; pref. im- in, on + premere to press. See {Press} to
    squeeze, and cf. {Imprint}.]
    1. To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by
       pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint (that which bears
       the impression).
             His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed.
    2. To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to
       imprint (a mark or figure upon something).
    3. Fig.: To fix deeply in the mind; to present forcibly to
       the attention, etc.; to imprint; to inculcate.
             Impress the motives of persuasion upon our own
             hearts till we feel the force of them. --I. Watts.
    4. [See {Imprest}, {Impress}, n., 5.] To take by force for
       public service; as, to impress sailors or money.
             The second five thousand pounds impressed for the
             service of the sick and wounded prisoners. --Evelyn.
  2. \Im*press"\, v. i.
    To be impressed; to rest. [Obs.]
          Such fiendly thoughts in his heart impress. --Chaucer.
  3. \Im"press\, n.; pl. {Impresses}.
    1. The act of impressing or making.
    2. 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.
             The impresses of the insides of these shells.
             This weak impress of love is as a figure Trenched in
             ice.                                  --Shak.
    3. Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp. --South.
    4. A device. See {Impresa}. --Cussans.
             To describe . . . emblazoned shields, Impresses
             quaint.                               --Milton.
    5. [See {Imprest}, {Press} to force into service.] The act of
       impressing, or taking by force for the public service;
       compulsion to serve; also, that which is impressed.
             Why such impress of shipwrights?      --Shak.
    {Impress gang}, a party of men, with an officer, employed to
       impress seamen for ships of war; a press gang.
    {Impress money}, a sum of money paid, immediately upon their
       entering service, to men who have been impressed.
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