To imprint is to mark or stamp something, like with the name of a publisher. It also can refer to any kind of impression or influence.

You can imprint or leave imprints — the word is happy as a verb or a noun. You can literally imprint something with a stamp of your initials. You can even make an imprint on a bed just by lying on it. Branding is a type of imprinting too. Also, if someone changed your life, she left an imprint on you. You can hear the imprint (influence) of the blues on any rock and roll song. All imprints leave a mark.

Primary Meanings of imprint

mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
establish or impress firmly in the mind
a distinctive influence
Full Definitions of imprint

v mark or stamp with or as if with pressure

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to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something
boss, emboss, stamp
raise in a relief
date, date stamp
stamp with a date
handstamp, rubberstamp
stamp with a rubber stamp, usually an indication of official approval on a document
frank, postmark
stamp with a postmark to indicate date and time of mailing
stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
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change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

n a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

depression, impression
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a small natural hollow in the cheek or chin
channel, groove
a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)
any slight depression in a surface
a depression in an otherwise level surface
dent, incision, prick, scratch, slit
a depression scratched or carved into a surface
droop, sag
a shape that sags
crease, crinkle, furrow, line, seam, wrinkle
a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
chap, crack, cranny, crevice, fissure
a long narrow depression in a surface
a rectangular groove cut into a board so that another piece can fit into it
flute, fluting
a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)
a narrow groove beside a beading
rabbet, rebate
a rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together
a groove on a phonograph recording
a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
score, scotch
a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
crow's feet, crow's foot, laugh line
a wrinkle in the skin at the outer corner of your eyes
the lines that form patterns on the skin (especially on the fingertips and the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet)
frown line
a facial wrinkle associated with frowning
life line, lifeline, line of life
a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
heart line, line of heart, love line, mensal line
a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates your emotional nature
line of Saturn, line of destiny, line of fate
a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates how successful you will be
stria, striation
any of a number of tiny parallel grooves such as: the scratches left by a glacier on rocks or the streaks or ridges in muscle tissue
the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water
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concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
a shape that curves or bends inward

n an impression produced by pressure or printing

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impression, stamp
a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving

n an identification of a publisher; a publisher's name along with the date and address and edition that is printed at the bottom of the title page

“the book was published under a distinguished imprint
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evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing

n a device produced by pressure on a surface

(dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster
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an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

v establish or impress firmly in the mind

“We imprint our ideas onto our children”
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act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect

n a distinctive influence

“English stills bears the imprint of the Norman invasion”
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a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

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