Imprint meaning

ĭm-prĭnt
Imprint is defined as to press something to another and leave a mark.

An example of imprint is stamping your initials on a letter.

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The definition of an imprint is a mark left by something that's been pressed into or stamped onto it, or the lasting effect or result of something.

An example of an imprint is someone becoming an overeater after having been starved.

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To produce (a mark or pattern) on a surface by pressure.
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To produce a mark on (a surface) by pressure.
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To fix firmly, as in the mind.

He tried to imprint the telephone number in his memory.

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To cause (a very young animal) to recognize and be attracted to another animal or to an object identified as the parent. Often used with on.
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To modify (a gene) chemically, as by DNA methylation, affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
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To become imprinted on another animal or on an object identified as the parent. Used of newborn or very young animals. Often used with on:

Lab animals that imprint on researchers.

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A mark or pattern produced by imprinting; an impression.
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A distinguishing influence or effect.

Spanish architecture that shows the imprint of Islamic rule.

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A chemical modification of a gene affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
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To mark by or as by pressing or stamping; impress.

To imprint a paper with a seal.

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To make (a mark or impression) by pressing.
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To press or apply.

To imprint a kiss on someone's forehead.

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To implant firmly in the mind or fix in the memory.

A sight imprinted forever on her memory.

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To learn by means of imprinting.
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A mark made by imprinting.
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A lasting effect or characteristic result.

The imprint of starvation.

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To produce a mark or pattern on a surface by pressure.
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To become imprinted on another animal or on an object identified as the parent. Used of newborn or very young animals. Often used with on:

Lab animals that imprint on researchers.

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To modify a gene chemically, as by DNA methylation, affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
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A chemical modification of a gene affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
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An impression; the mark left behind by printing something.

The day left an imprint in my mind.

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The name and details of a publisher or printer, as printed in a book etc.; a publishing house.
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A distinctive marking, symbol or logo.

The shirts bore the company imprint on the right sleeve.

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To leave a print, impression, image, etc.

For a fee, they can imprint the envelopes with a monogram.

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To learn something indelibly at a particular stage of life, such as who one's mother is.
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To mark a gene as being from a particular parent so that only one of the two copies of the gene is expressed.
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To impart a strong or vivid impression of.
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Origin of imprint

  • Middle English emprenten from Old French empreinter from empreinte impression from feminine past participle of empreindre to print from Latin imprimere to impress impress1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French empreinter, from the past participle of empreindre, from Latin imprimere

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French empreinte, from the past participle of empreindre, from Latin imprimere

    From Wiktionary