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Meaning of “impress” in the English Dictionary

"impress" in British English

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impressverb [I or T, not continuous]

uk   us   /ɪmˈpres/
B2 to ​cause someone to ​admire or ​respect you: I ​remember when I was a ​child being very impressed with how many ​toys she had. Your ​mother was ​clearly not impressed byourbehaviour in the ​restaurant. He ​tried to impress me with his ​extensiveknowledge of ​wine.formal I'm ​afraid the new ​theatre fails to impress.

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(Definition of impress from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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impressverb [T]

 us   /ɪmˈpres/
to ​cause someone to ​feeladmiration or ​respect: She impressed us with her ​sincerity. If you impress something on someone, you ​cause them to ​understanditsimportance or ​value: He always impressed on us the need to do ​ourbest.
(Definition of impress from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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