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im·press 1 (ĭm-prĕs)
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tr.v. im·pressed, im·press·ing, im·press·es
1. To affect strongly, often favorably: wrote down whatever impressed me during the journey; was impressed by the child's sincerity.
2. To produce or attempt to produce a vivid impression or image of: a scene that impressed itself on her memory; parents that impress the value of money on their children.
3. To mark or stamp with pressure: impressed the wax with a design.
4. To apply with pressure; press: impressed the stamp onto the wax.
n. (ĭmprĕs)
1. The act of impressing: a design left by impress of a seal.
2. A mark or pattern of influence produced by someone or something; an impression: a politician who left her impress on foreign policy.
3. A stamp or seal meant to be impressed.

[Middle English impressen, to imprint, from Old French empresser, from Latin impressus, past participle of imprimere : in-, in; see IN-2 + premere, to press; see per-4 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
im·press 2 (ĭm-prĕs)
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tr.v. im·pressed, im·press·ing, im·press·es
1. To compel (a person) to serve in the military, particularly in the naval forces, especially by seizure.
2. To seize (property) by force or authority, especially for military purposes; confiscate.
3. Law To impose a constructive trust or a lien upon property, as a matter of equity, to protect a person without legal title but with a legally recognized interest.
n. (ĭmprĕs)
Impressment.

[IN-2 + PRESS2 (influenced by obsolete IMPREST, advance on a soldier's pay).]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 

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