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Definition of impress verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impress
    he / she / it impresses
    past simple impressed
    -ing form impressing
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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 someone 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 someone's mind, imagination, etc. Her words impressed themselves on my memory.
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