Word definition: impress

Defiintion of impress:

[n] the act of coercing someone into government service
[v] dye (fabric) before it is spun
[v] make a deep and indelible impression on someone
[v] take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, esp. on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
[v] mark or stamp with or as if with pressure; "To make a batik, you impress a design with wax"
[v] reproduce by printing
[v] have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
[v] impress positively; "The young chess player impressed her audience"

Synonyms of impress:

affect, impressment, imprint, ingrain, instill, move, print, shanghai, strike, yarn-dye

Antonyms of impress:


See Also:

abduct, affect, boldface, boss, change surface, cloud, cyclostyle, disturb, dye, emboss, experience, feel, hit home, impress, impress, infect, ingrain, instill, italicise, italicize, jar, kidnap, letter, move, multigraph, nobble, overprint, pierce, prepossess, press, print over, prove, sadden, seizure, smite, snatch, stamp, stir, strike, strike a chord, strike a note, strike dumb, strike home, sweep away, sweep off, touch, trouble, typeset, upset, wow, write, zap

Webster Dictionary (1913) for impress:

\Im*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impressed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Impressing}.] [L. impressus, p. p. of imprimere to
impress; pref. im- in, on + premere to press. See {Press} to
squeeze, and cf. {Imprint}.]
1. To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by
   pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint (that which bears
   the impression).

         His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed.
                                               --Shak.

2. To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to
   imprint (a mark or figure upon something).

3. Fig.: To fix deeply in the mind; to present forcibly to
   the attention, etc.; to imprint; to inculcate.

         Impress the motives of persuasion upon our own
         hearts till we feel the force of them. --I. Watts.

4. [See {Imprest}, {Impress}, n., 5.] To take by force for
   public service; as, to impress sailors or money.

         The second five thousand pounds impressed for the
         service of the sick and wounded prisoners. --Evelyn.

\Im*press"\, v. i. To be impressed; to rest. [Obs.] Such fiendly thoughts in his heart impress. --Chaucer.
\Im"press\, n.; pl. {Impresses}. 1. The act of impressing or making. 2. 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. The impresses of the insides of these shells. --Woodward. This weak impress of love is as a figure Trenched in ice. --Shak. 3. Characteristic; mark of distinction; stamp. --South. 4. A device. See {Impresa}. --Cussans. To describe . . . emblazoned shields, Impresses quaint. --Milton. 5. [See {Imprest}, {Press} to force into service.] The act of impressing, or taking by force for the public service; compulsion to serve; also, that which is impressed. Why such impress of shipwrights? --Shak. {Impress gang}, a party of men, with an officer, employed to impress seamen for ships of war; a press gang. {Impress money}, a sum of money paid, immediately upon their entering service, to men who have been impressed.