impress (v.1)

late 14c., "have a strong effect on the mind or heart, to stamp deeply in the mind," from Latin impressus, past participle of imprimere "press into or upon, stamp," also figurative, from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (from PIE root *en "in") + premere "to press, hold fast, cover, crowd, compress" (from PIE root *per- (4) "to strike"). Literal sense of "to apply with pressure, make a permanent image in, indent, imprint" is from early 15c. in English. Related: Impressed; impressing.

impress (n.)

"act of impressing" (1590s), also "characteristic mark" (1580s), from impress (v.1). From 1620s as "badge worn by nobility or their retainers," from Italian impresa; earlier in English in this sense as impreso, imprese (1580s).

impress (v.2)

"levy for military service," 1590s, from assimilated form of in- (2) "into, in" + press (v.2). Related: Impressed; impressing.

updated on October 19, 2017

Definitions of impress from WordNet
impress (v.)
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon;
This child impressed me as unusually mature
Synonyms: affect / move / strike
impress (v.)
impress positively;
The young chess player impressed her audience
impress (v.)
produce or try to produce a vivid impression of;
Synonyms: ingrain / instill
impress (v.)
mark or stamp with or as if with pressure;
To make a batik, you impress a design with wax
Synonyms: imprint
impress (v.)
reproduce by printing;
Synonyms: print
impress (v.)
take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship;
Synonyms: shanghai
impress (v.)
dye (fabric) before it is spun;
Synonyms: yarn-dye
impress (n.)
the act of coercing someone into government service;
Synonyms: impressment
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