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English noun: impress

1. impress (act) the act of coercing someone into government service


Broader (hypernym)seizure

English verb: impress

1. impress (emotion) have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

SamplesThis child impressed me as unusually mature.
This behavior struck me as odd.

ExamplesThe bad news will impress him, The good news will impress her

Synonymsaffect, move, strike

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)alienate, awaken, cloud, disturb, engrave, hit home, impress, impress, infect, ingrain, instill, jar, move, pierce, sadden, smite, stir, strike a chord, strike a note, strike dumb, strike home, surprise, sweep away, sweep off, touch, trouble, upset, zap

Causeexperience, feel

Verb groupactuate, come to, hit, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel, strike

2. impress (emotion) impress positively

SamplesThe young chess player impressed her audience.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to impress Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

Narrower (hyponym)prepossess, wow

3. impress (cognition) produce or try to produce a vivid impression of

SamplesMother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us.

Synonymsingrain, instill

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

4. impress (contact) mark or stamp with or as if with pressure

SamplesTo make a batik, you impress a design with wax.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)change surface

Narrower (hyponym)boss, emboss, stamp, stamp


5. impress (creation) reproduce by printing


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)write

Narrower (hyponym)boldface, cyclostyle, italicise, italicize, letter, offset, overprint, print over, prove, set, typeset

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

SamplesThe men were shanghaied after being drugged.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch

Domain categorycrime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

7. impress (change) dye (fabric) before it is spun


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)dye

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