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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·press v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impressed p. pr. & vb. n. Impressing.]
 1. To press, stamp, or print something in or upon; to mark by pressure, or as by pressure; to imprint (that which bears the impression).
    His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed.   --Shak.
 2. To produce by pressure, as a mark, stamp, image, etc.; to imprint (a mark or figure upon something).
 3. Fig.: To fix deeply in the mind; to present forcibly to the attention, etc.; to imprint; to inculcate.
    Impress the motives of persuasion upon our own hearts till we feel the force of them.   --I. Watts.
 4.  To take by force for public service; as, to impress sailors or money.
    The second five thousand pounds impressed for the service of the sick and wounded prisoners.   --Evelyn.