There are 2 definitions of impress in English:

impress1

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verb

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈprɛs
 
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[with object]
  • 1Make (someone) feel admiration and respect: their performance impressed the judges [no object]: he has to put on an act to impress
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    • I was immediately impressed by the fact that this place was packed with diners - usually an indicator that either the food is renowned for its excellence or for its cheapness.
    • I have known Jenni for some years and she has always impressed me with her honesty, her tenacity, her cheerful, loving and caring nature.
    • We are always impressed with artists who persist in making abstract work.
    Synonyms
    make an impression on, have an impact on, influence, affect, leave a mark on, move, stir, rouse, excite, inspire, galvanize; dazzle, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, awe, overawe, take someone's breath away, take someone aback, amaze, astonish; (be impressed) feel admiration, feel respect
    informal grab, stick in someone's mind
  • 2Make a mark or design on (an object) using a stamp or seal: the company should impress the cards with a stamp
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    • Each of the complete documents was found folded; two were tied with string and sealed with a lump of clay impressed with the same stamp.
    • According to convention, the base of each piece is impressed with a red seal.
    • These five sealings form a coherent record group, since they contain related subject content and are all impressed with the same seal.
  • 2.1Apply (a mark) to something with pressure: Andean cultures used seals to impress designs on pottery
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    • A raised effect is created by impressing a design into wallcovering using either pressure or heat.
    • Blind printing is a method where a raised design is impressed into the paper.
    • Brass and, to some extent, bronze finishing tools have been used for centuries by bookbinders to impress designs and lines onto leather bindings.
    Synonyms
    imprint, print, stamp, mark, engrave, deboss, emboss, punch, etch, carve, inscribe, cut, chisel
  • 4Apply (an electric current or potential) from an external source: (as adjective impressed) the total impressed voltage
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    • At this point the capacitor is fully charged and it carries the full impressed voltage.
    • Polarity of the impressed voltage was controlled by using the diode as shown in Fig.5.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈɪmprɛs
 
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  • 1An act of making an impression or mark: bluish marks made by the impress of his fingers
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    • Also, the creepiest images - the ones that linger like the impress of clammy fingers on the back of your neck - are in the first volume.
  • 1.1A mark made by a seal or stamp.
  • 1.2A person’s characteristic quality: his desire to put his own impress on the films he made
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    • Although mainstream church attendance is in decline, Scotland bears the impress of its Protestant history.
    • Thus it is that, although religions claim universality, much of what is claimed to be universal is discovered to bear the impress of culture, society and history.
    • As empty spaces, they carry an impress of the pure sterility imparted by death - the sense of the ascetic and the pure that comes with too many washings of the same white sheet.

Derivatives

impressible

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈprɛsɪb(ə)l/
adjective
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  • The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'apply with pressure'): from Old French empresser, from em- 'in' + presser 'to press', influenced by Latin imprimere (see imprint). sense 1 of the verb dates from the mid 18th century.

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impress2

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈprɛs
 
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verb

[with object] historical
  • 1Force (someone) to serve in an army or navy: a number of Poles, impressed into the German army
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    • Both the Union and Confederate armies began impressing large numbers of African Americans, free and enslaved, for military labor.
    • As the Mongol army advanced, they impressed the young men from the countryside into labor gangs to transport supplies and keep open the highways.
  • 1.1Commandeer (goods or equipment) for public service: they carried a travel warrant authorizing them to impress transport and requisition billets

Derivatives

impressment

noun
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  • The Army's position is akin to the old British practice of impressment of sailors which was based on the premise that ‘once a British subject always a British subject.’
  • The Confederate policies of impressments sometimes helped manufacturers convince Federal authorities that their production for the Confederate government had been based upon compulsion.
  • Beattie focuses on the policies of military impressment, recruitment and drafting, as well as the conflicts over discipline, resistance, morale and honor which characterized popular reactions to military obligations.

Origin

late 16th century: from in-2 'into' + press2.

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