(noun, verb)


1. the act of coercing someone into government service

Similar word(s): impressment

Definition categories: act, seizure


1. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

- This child impressed me as unusually mature

Similar word(s): affect, move, strike

Definition categories: emotion

2. impress positively

- The young chess player impressed her audience

Definition categories: emotion, affect, impress, move, strike

3. produce or try to produce a vivid impression of

Similar word(s): ingrain, instill

Definition categories: cognition, affect, impress, move, strike

4. mark or stamp with or as if with pressure

- To make a batik, you impress a design with wax

Similar word(s): imprint

Definition categories: contact

5. reproduce by printing

Similar word(s): print

Definition categories: creation, write

6. take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship

Similar word(s): shanghai

Definition categories: contact, abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch

7. dye (fabric) before it is spun

Definition categories: change, dye

Sentences with impress as a verb:

- You impressed me with your command of Urdu.

- Henderson impressed in his first game as captain.

- That first view of the Eiger impressed itself on my mind.

- We impressed our footprints in the wet cement.

- The press gang used to impress people into the Navy.

- The liner was impressed as a troop carrier.