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1. To impress; to mark by pressure; to indent; to stamp. And sees his num'rous herds imprint her sands. (Prior)

2. To stamp or mark, as letters on paper, by means of type, plates, stamps, or the like; to print the mark (figures, letters, etc, upon something). Nature imprints upon whate'er we see, That has a heart and life in it, Be free.' (Cowper)

3. To fix indelibly or permanently, as in the mind or memory; to impress. Ideas of those two different things distinctly imprinted on his mind. (Locke)

Origin: oe. Emprenten, f. Empreint, p. P. Of empreindre to imprint, fr. L. Imprimere to impres, imprint. See 1st in-, print, and cf. Impress.