Definitions of impress

  1. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; " This child impressed me as unusually mature"; " This behavior struck me as odd"
  2. the act of coercing someone into government service
  3. dye ( fabric) before it is spun
  4. make a deep and indelible impression on someone
  5. take ( someone) against his will for compulsory service, esp. on board a ship; " The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
  6. mark or stamp with or as if with pressure; " To make a batik, you impress a design with wax"
  7. reproduce by printing
  8. take ( someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship; " The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
  9. To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint ( that which bears the impression).
  10. To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to imprint ( a mark or figure upon something).
  11. To take by force for public service; as, to impress sailors or money.
  12. To be impressed; to rest.
  13. The act of impressing or making.
  14. 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.
  15. Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp.
  16. The act of impressing, or taking by force for the public service; compulsion to serve; also, that which is impressed.
  17. To mark, stamp, or print by putting force upon; to affect with force, or stamp deeply on, the mind; to imprint; as, to impress footsteps on wet sand; compel to enter the public service, as soldiers or sailors; formerly, to seize, by force, for British naval service; seize for the public service, as money or provisions.
  18. A mark made by bearing down upon; an image or figure; a mark of distinction; characteristic; stamp; an image fixed in the mind.
  19. To press upon: to mark by pressure: to produce by pressure: to stamp: to fix deeply ( in the mind): to force into service, esp. the public service.
  20. That which is made by pressure: stamp, likeness: device, motto.
  21. Mark of pressure; stamp.
  22. To mark by pressure; stamp; fix deeply in the mind; force into service.
  23. To form or fix by pressure; mark by pressure; indent.
  24. A mark or indentation produced by pressure; effect; stamp.
  25. To force into public service; seize for public use; conscript.
  26. A mark, figure, or image made by pressure; stamp; likeness; device; motto; act of forcing into military or naval service.
  27. To mark by pressure; to print; to mark; to fix deeply; to seize; to force into public service.
  28. To make a mark or figure by pressing; to stamp; to indent; to fix deep, as in the mind; to seize or employ for the public service.
  29. A mark or figure made by pressing; a stamp; the image or figure of anything, as if formed by pressure.

Usage examples for impress

  1. From Touraine, in the sixteenth century, spread that influence which left its impress even on the capital of the kingdom itself, not only in respect to architectural art, but in manners and customs as well. – Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country by Francis Miltoun
  2. Under her eyes, on her clear skin there were dark shadows, which looked as if they had been made by the impress of carboned thumbs which had pressed tired eyes to sleep. – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  3. Neither of these towns can get away from the impress of the average girl. – The Girl and Her Religion by Margaret Slattery
  4. I called you in to impress you with the security of the bank. – Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. To be sure, Dale noticed that he no longer seemed to try to impress his attitude on the others in his patrol. – Under Boy Scout Colors by Joseph Bushnell Ames
  6. " Look here, Griggs," said he, " there is something I want to impress upon your mind." – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford
  7. It was characteristic of her that she did not grow angry and indignant; nor, in a theatrical spirit, immediately attempt to impress him with the fact that she was a good, virtuous woman, and that his suggestion filled her with horror. – Winding Paths by Gertrude Page
  8. A jury trial is a poor mode of doing justice, if there is a rule of law which, as applied to certain facts, should control the verdict, unless that rule of law be both stated by the judge, and so stated as to impress upon the jury that it is their sworn duty to apply it, if the facts which they may find to exist are such as to come under its operation. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
  9. The impress was, Bocchus delivering, and Sylla receiving, Jugurtha. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  10. It is to be hoped that the young man learned the lesson which his teacher thus sought to impress upon his mind. – The True Citizen, How To Become One by W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B.
  11. Objects impress us, and we have sensations or impressions. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  12. And don't fail to impress upon him his duty to his family. – The Pines of Lory by John Ames Mitchell
  13. He doesn't impress me as the sort of man to lose either his heart or his head over a woman." – The Short Cut by Jackson Gregory
  14. She said she would sing to me, and be the light of my dreams; but even this failed to impress me with a due respect for her desires. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  15. I impress that upon her mother. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  16. Considering what had occurred that afternoon, this remark could not fail to impress Mrs. Cristie, and she stopped and looked at him. – The Squirrel Inn by Frank R. Stockton
  17. I may also be able to describe my walk or drive in such a way that it will make a deep impress upon the reader's mind. – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  18. How could that impress Adam? – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  19. This lovely place, which everywhere shows the impress of your hand, is not a prison. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur