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Definition of "impress" []

  • To affect strongly, often favorably: wrote down whatever impressed me during the journey; was impressed by the child's sincerity. See Synonyms at affect1. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce or attempt to produce a vivid impression or image of: a scene that impressed itself on her memory; impresses the value of money on their children. (verb-transitive)
  • To mark or stamp with or as if with pressure: impressed a design on the hot wax. (verb-transitive)
  • To apply with pressure; press. (verb-transitive)
  • The act of impressing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impress" in a sentence
  • "We do endeavor, it is true, by all the powers we possess, to impress upon the mind the great importance of a good education; and not only to _impress_ it upon the mind, but to assist the mind to act, that it may obtain it."
  • "The last person you'd think El Bulli would impress is a no-nonsense chef such as Anthony Bourdain, whose idea of cooking, he has said, is "exposing protein to flame.""
  • "With last week's performance of 382 yards passing, 20 yards rushing and four touchdown passes, Fitz should be out to once again impress the pundits and fans who doubted his ability to turn this offense around."