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Etymology 1Edit

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


  • IPA(key): /ˈɪm.pɹɪnt/
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imprint (plural imprints)

  1. An impression; the mark left behind by printing something.
    The day left an imprint in my mind.
    • 2017 June 3, Daniel Taylor, “Real Madrid win Champions League as Cristiano Ronaldo double defeats Juv”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      It was the moment everyone knew the Champions League trophy was on its way back to the Bernabéu and, once again, that the four-times Ballon d’Or winner had left his imprint on another final.
  2. The name and details of a publisher or printer, as printed in a book etc.; a publishing house.
  3. A distinctive marking, symbol or logo.
    The shirts bore the company imprint on the right sleeve.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English emprinten, enprinten, from Old French empreinter, from the past participle of empreindre, from Latin imprimere



imprint (third-person singular simple present imprints, present participle imprinting, simple past and past participle imprinted)

  1. To leave a print, impression, image, etc.
    For a fee, they can imprint the envelopes with a monogram.
    • Prior
      And sees his num'rous herds imprint her sands.
    • Cowper
      Nature imprints upon whate'er we see, / That has a heart and life in it, "Be free."
    • John Locke
      ideas of those two different things distinctly imprinted on his mind
  2. To learn something indelibly at a particular stage of life, such as who one's parents are.
  3. 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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