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verb impress pronunciation in American English /ɪmˈpres/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleimpressing
past tenseimpressed
past participleimpressed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if someone or something impresses you, you admire them

    What impressed me was their ability to deal with any problem.

    Her carvings attracted many admirers but her paintings failed to impress.

    Experience in voluntary work will often impress a potential employer.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [usually passive] formal to make a mark or pattern on something by pressing an object into its surface

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