Definition of imprint in English:

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Pronunciation: /imˈprint/
1 [with object] Impress or stamp (a mark or outline) on a surface or body: tire marks were imprinted in the snow
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  • His shoulder was bleeding heavily from the teeth marks that had been imprinted in his skin.
  • The outline of my hand is imprinted in red on her face.
  • Now she trod upon the dirt, imprinting her mark into the damp mud and fragments of brown snow, snow which all too often enticed her forwards into false light.
stamp, print, impress, mark, emboss, brand, inscribe, etch
1.1Make an impression or mark on (something): clothes imprinted with the logos of sports teams
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  • Some are imprinted with candy-colored portraits of Che Guevara rendered in a 1960's, retro Cuban poster style.
  • Tablets, which typically contain from 50-150 mg. of active drug, are usually imprinted with a popular icon such as the Nike swoosh or Motorola symbol.
  • Many of the firefighters at the June 8 rally wore bright yellow t-shirts that were imprinted with ‘Firefighters for Fair Play.’
1.2Fix (an idea) firmly in someone’s mind: he would always have this ghastly image imprinted on his mind
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  • Only constant repetition will succeed in imprinting an idea on the memory of a crowd.
  • The picture of the murder scene was firmly imprinted in her mind.
  • Now that I'm a parent, I have to confront the fact that what I do not hide from my daughter in her first few years will imprint itself on her mind in unpredictable ways.
fix, establish, stick, lodge, implant, plant, embed, instill, impress, inculcate
2 [no object] (imprint on) Zoology (Of a young animal) come to recognize (another animal, person, or thing) as a parent or other object of habitual trust.
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  • In contrast to cuckoos, both male and female indigobirds imprint on their hosts.
  • In the next generation, her daughter (a bird that was not knowingly observed in the field) is genetically an indigobird but imprints on her Melba Finch foster parents and learns their songs.
  • Once the chick has imprinted on the initial object, hopefully the mother, it will no longer imprint on other objects.


Pronunciation: /ˈimprint/
1A mark made by pressing something onto a softer substance so that its outline is reproduced: he made imprints of the keys in bars of soap
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  • A red imprint marked my waist where my stockings' elastic had pressed.
  • She's leaning there, supported by the banister, swaying slightly, keys clutched leaving imprints in her right hand.
  • There were recent skid marks beneath the snow and frozen tire imprints in the ice, which coincided with the man's story.
impression, print, mark, indentation
1.1A lasting impression or effect: years in the colonies had left their imprint
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  • When this is compounded over time, the effect is a lasting imprint in the mind of the child - so much so that the child carries the experience with them into their adult life with disastrous results.
  • The imprints of these influences will not all be equally visible in adulthood and hence may be overlooked by studies that have information about individuals only in middle and old age.
  • The country will forever be poorer without Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, but their imprint is so strong that we can follow the path of their leadership, even when they've moved on.
impact, lasting effect, influence, impression, mark, trace
2A printer’s or publisher’s name, address, and other details in a book or other printed item.
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  • These title pages generally provide the title of the play, the name of the dramatist, and the printer's device and imprint.
  • So English and Canadian readers will get books that are identical except for the imprint and copyright pages.
  • One day, quite by chance, I happened to look at the imprint of my copy and noticed it was a First Edition.
2.1A brand name under which books are published, typically the name of a former publishing house that is now part of a larger group.
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  • Random House trade imprints now publish lead titles as print books and e-books simultaneously.
  • Major publishing houses responded to this trend by establishing imprints, such as DC's Vertigo, that publishes comics aimed at a mature audience.
  • Despite the good news, some authors worry about the message they are sending by publishing under imprints aimed at specific communities.


Late Middle English (originally as emprint): from Old French empreinter, based on Latin imprimere, from in- 'into' + premere 'to press'.

Words that rhyme with imprint

asquint, bint, clint, dint, flint, glint, hint, lint, mint, misprint, print, quint, skint, splint, sprint, squint, stint, tint

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Syllabification: im·print

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