V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to cause positive admiration or respect; 2. to fix ideas or facts deeply in the mind

Synonyms: affect, move, instill, influence, imprint, strike, engrave, persuade, amaze, dazzle


Tips: When you cause someone to think good things about you, you impress them. Impress is also used in business to describe influencing or persuading someone or instilling some kind of value or ideal. Impress can also be used as a noun, meaning "imprint, stamp, or impression," but this usage is not as common as the verb, and any of those three synonyms would work better in this context.

Usage Examples:

My sales manager impressed upon me the importance of closing the deal. (instilled, imprinted)

The chief of police will try to impress the urgency of the situation upon the officers. (affect, instill)

Make sure you impress upon the team the importance of punctuality. (instill, influence)

It is better to try to impress someone by being yourself than by putting on airs. (move, dazzle)

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