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impress someone as something

to be memorable to someone as a particular type of person. She didn't impress me as a particularly wise individual. Liz impressed us all as a skilled artisan.
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impress someone by something

to make someone notice one's good qualities. You impress me by your willingness to serve. We were all impressed by your candor.
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impress someone with someone or something

to awe someone with someone or something. Are you trying to impress me with your wisdom? She impressed him with her friend, who was very tall.
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impress something into something

to press something into something. I impressed the key into the wax, making a perfect copy. Andy impressed his thumb into the pie.
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impress something (up)on someone

to make someone fully aware of something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) You must impress these facts upon everyone you meet. She impressed its importance on me.
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impress something (up)on something

to press something into the surface of something, leaving a mark. The ribbing of my socks impressed a pattern upon my calves. The heavy vase impressed its outline on the pine tabletop.
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impress on

or impress upon
v.
1. To produce something, as a mark or pattern, on a surface by pressure; imprint something on a surface: We impressed the stencil outline on the fabric.
2. To impart a strong or vivid impression of something in the mind of someone: The singing coach impressed her theories of music on me.
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References in classic literature ?
The service on New Year's Eve is the only one in the whole year that in the least impresses me in our little church, and then the very bareness and ugliness of the place and the ceremonial produce an effect that a snug service in a well-lit church never would.
Wolf Larsen was my captain, Thomas Mugridge and the rest were my companions, and I was receiving repeated impresses from the die which had stamped them all.
The first sense of security following on Winnie's marriage wore off in time (for nothing lasts), and Mrs Verloc's mother, in the seclusion of the back bedroom, had recalled the teaching of that experience which the world impresses upon a widowed woman.
In the words of a Russian critic, who seeks to explain the feeling inspired by Dostoevsky: "He was one of ourselves, a man of our blood and our bone, but one who has suffered and has seen so much more deeply than we have his insight impresses us as wisdom .
What kind of customer impresses the service provider?
Usually what ends up happening is they get on him and then he impresses them, too, getting three, four base hits a game and making diving plays, and he ends up their favorite.