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.

Definitions of imprint
  1. verb
    mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
    synonyms: impress
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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
  2. noun
    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    an impression produced by pressure or printing
    synonyms: embossment
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    impression, stamp
    a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving
  4. noun
    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
  5. noun
    a device produced by pressure on a surface
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    (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster
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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  6. verb
    establish or impress firmly in the mind
    “We imprint our ideas onto our children”
    synonyms: form
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    act upon, influence, work
    have and exert influence or effect
  7. noun
    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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