Definition of impress verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    impress

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpres//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impress
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpres//
     
    he / she / it impresses
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpresɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpresɪz//
     
    past simple impressed
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈprest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈprest//
     
    past participle impressed
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈprest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈprest//
     
    -ing form impressing
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpresɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpresɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] if a person or thing impresses you, you feel admiration for them or it impress (somebody) We interviewed a number of candidates but none of them impressed us. The Grand Canyon never fails to impress people. The Grand Canyon never fails to impress. His sincerity impressed her. impress somebody with something/somebody He impressed her with his sincerity. it impresses somebody that… It impressed me that she remembered my name. somebody is impressed that… I was impressed that she remembered my name. see also impressed, impressive
  2. 2[transitive] impress something on/upon somebody (formal) to make somebody understand how important, serious, etc. something is by emphasizing it He impressed on us the need for immediate action. Their responsibilities are impressed on them during training.
  3. 3[transitive] impress something/itself on/upon something (formal) to have a great effect on something, especially somebody’s mind, imagination, etc. Her words impressed themselves on my memory.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘apply with pressure’): from Old French empresser, from em- ‘in’ + presser ‘to press’, influenced by Latin imprimere, from in- ‘into’ + premere ‘to press’. Sense (1) dates from the mid 18th cent.Extra examples I was young and easily impressed. She impressed us with both the depth and range of her knowledge. The results failed to impress us. He was so impressed by her performance that he immediately offered her a contract. I was enormously impressed by their professionalism. Our customers are always impressed when their orders arrive the next day. She was suitably impressed with the painting. This game is his big chance to impress. We interviewed a number of candidates, but none of them impressed us. We were impressed to see how well they’d done already. We were particularly impressed with the level of service.
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