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impress (someone) as (something)
To please and affect someone by exhibiting a particular skill or manner. I think she'll make a great receptionist—she certainly impressed me as a calm person, especially under pressure.
impress (someone) with (something)
To please and affect someone by exhibiting a particular skill or manner. You really impressed the committee with your bold plan for the initiative.
impress (something) (up)on (someone)
1. To press or push something into something else in order to make a mark or print. I impressed the baby's footprint on the sheet of paper.
2. To put forth effort so that someone learns or remembers something. I try to impress the importance of strong morals upon my kids every day.
impress (something) into (something)
To press or push something into something else. I impressed the baby's foot into the ink pad and then onto the piece of paper.
impress by (something)
To please and affect someone by exhibiting a particular skill or manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "impress" and "by." I'm very impressed by your ability to stay calm under pressure, which is certainly what we need in a receptionist. You really impressed the committee by your bold thinking.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
impress onor impress upon
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.