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English definition of “impress”

impress

verb [I or T, not continuous] uk   /ɪmˈpres/ us  
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 by our behaviour in the restaurant. He tried to impress me with his extensive knowledge of wine.formal I'm afraid the new theatre fails to impress.
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