1. [ verb ] have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
Synonyms: strike move affect

"This child impressed me as unusually mature" "This behavior struck me as odd"

Related terms: surprise disturb touch move sweep_away hit_home awaken pierce sadden jar zap infect smite strike_dumb cloud engrave hit motivate feel
2. [ verb ] impress positively

"The young chess player impressed her audience"

Related terms: affect wow prepossess
3. [ verb ] produce or try to produce a vivid impression of
Synonyms: instill ingrain

"Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"

Related terms: affect inculcation
4. [ verb ] mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
Synonyms: imprint

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

Related terms: change_surface stamp emboss press
5. [ verb ] (nautical) take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, esp. on board a ship
Synonyms: shanghai

"The men were shanghaied after being drugged"

Related terms: kidnap crime shanghaier
6. [ verb ] (color) dye (fabric) before it is spun
Synonyms: yarn-dye
Related terms: dye
7. [ verb ] (printing) reproduce by printing
Synonyms: print
Related terms: write italicize boldface prove letter typeset cyclostyle overprint offset multigraph print printing printer
8. [ noun ] (law) the act of coercing someone into government service
Synonyms: impressment
Related terms: seizure shanghai
Similar spelling:   impressed