Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of coercing someone into government service
  2. (verb, change) dye (fabric) before it is spun
  3. (verb, cognition) produce or try to produce a vivid impression of
  4. (verb, contact) take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship
  5. (verb, contact) mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
  6. (verb, creation) reproduce by printing
  7. (verb, emotion) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    This behavior struck me as odd
  8. (verb, emotion) impress positively

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Origin of the word Impress

  1. late 14c., "to apply with pressure, make a permanent image in," from L. impressus, pp. of imprimere "press into or upon, stamp," from in- "into" + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)). Figurative sense of "have a strong effect on the mind or heart" is from early 15c. Sense of "to levy for military service" is from 1590s, a meaning more from press (v.… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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imperious, impoverish, imprecise, in force, inverse, invirase, ionophoresis

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