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  ( impresses    3rd person present)   ( impressing    present participle)   ( impressed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something impresses you, you feel great admiration for it.  
What impressed him most was their speed...      V n  
Cannon's film impresses on many levels.      V  
  impressed      adj   v-link ADJ, oft ADJ by/with n  
I was very impressed by one young man at my lectures...     
2       verb   If you impress something on someone, you make them understand its importance or degree.  
I had always impressed upon the children that if they worked hard they would succeed in life...      V on/upon n that  
I've impressed upon them the need for more professionalism...      V on/upon n n  
I impressed on him what a huge honour he was being offered.      V on/upon n wh  
3       verb   If something impressesitself on your mind, you notice and remember it.  
But this change has not yet impressed itself on the minds of the British public.      V pron-refl on n  
4       verb   If someone or something impresses you as a particular thing, usually a good one, they gives you the impression of being that thing.  
Billy Sullivan had impressed me as a fine man.      V n as n/-ing  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    affect, excite, grab     (informal)   influence, inspire, make an impression, move, stir, strike, sway, touch  
2      (often with)       on or upon   bring home to, emphasize, fix, inculcate, instil into, stress  
3    emboss, engrave, imprint, indent, mark, print, stamp  

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have a powerful impact on someone; impress; generate an emotion (positive, but also negative)
it can be used to describe a feeling of fear or a positive emotion; e.g.: "This violin music gives me the chills" or "Being all alone in that old house after gave me the chills."
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