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Definition of "imprinting" []

  • A rapid learning process by which a newborn or very young animal establishes a behavior pattern of recognition and attraction to another animal of its own kind or to a substitute or an object identified as the parent. (noun)
  • The development through exceptionally fast learning in young animals of recognition of and attraction to members of their own species or to surrogates (noun)

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Use "imprinting" in a sentence
  • "Our culture, its social imprinting, is so strong as to be almost indelible."
  • "I think the whole ick factor with the imprinting is that although nothing is going on now, Jacob is still thinking long term and looking at Reneesme as his future wife."
  • "Speaking of Neons, Chrysler has succeeding in imprinting that "Born to be Alive" song into my brain, but why are they pretending the "Dodge SX 2.0" is something other than a Neon with a different grille?"