From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishimpressim‧press /ɪmˈpres/ ●●○S3W3 verb [transitive]1[not in progressive]IMPRESS to make someone feel admiration and respectSteve borrowed his dad’s sports car to impress his girlfriend.impress somebody with/by somethingWe were very impressed by the standard of work.One candidate in particular impressed us with her knowledge.I think the chief exec was favourably impressed by your presentation.‘He’s a lawyer?’ Mum looked suitably impressed (=as impressed as you would expect).2CLEAR/EASY TO UNDERSTANDto make the importance of something clear to someoneimpress something on somebodyFather impressed on me the value of hard work.3PRESSto press something into a softsurface so that a mark or pattern appears on itpatterns impressed in the clay→ See Verb table
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impress• I had managed to swipe a ball for myself and was attempting to impress anyone who cared to watch.• As a very small girl, I was impressed by the story a nun told to our catechismclass.• You don't need to make fancy foods to impressguests - something simple but good will do.• The boy has impressed his doctors with his courage and determination.• It surprised me and impressed me when that happened.• None of the people I've interviewed so far have impressed me.• The report of my hon. and nobleFriendLady Cumberlege has clearly impressed my hon. Friend.• A steady paycheck also impressesserious people when you want to buy a house or own a car-or even make a trip.• What impressed the judges most was the originality of the dancers' performance.• Quinnell's fifty-yard run down the touchline with the ball in one hand impressed the Wales coach.• He always impressed us as being very bright.• I have to tell you, I was impressed with Marty.• But this may serve to impress you with my determination.• It is always wise to look towards those who inspire and impress you.favourably impressed• Huskyrugged machine had been demonstrated, and had favourably impressed all who were present.• Lisa was always his favourite and he seemed favourably impressed that Tony had stayed around.• Diana was favourably impressed when she met Koo during her romance with Andrew.