Impression - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪmˈpreʃn|  American pronunciation of the word impression
Brit.  |ɪmˈpreʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word impression


- a vague idea in which some confidence is placed (syn: belief, feeling, notion, opinion)
his impression of her was favorable
- an outward appearance (syn: effect)
he made a good impression
I wanted to create an impression of success
- a clear and telling mental image (syn: picture)
the events left a permanent impression in his mind
- a concavity in a surface produced by pressing (syn: depression, imprint)
he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud
- a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving (syn: stamp)
- all the copies of a work printed at one time (syn: printing)
- (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster
the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay
- an impressionistic portrayal of a person
he did a funny impression of a politician
- the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another
he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax

Extra examples

The candidate made a favorable impression.

My first impression of him was that he was a kind and thoughtful young man.

First impressions are important but can be misleading.

In her journal, she recorded her impressions of the city.

Her kindness left a lasting impression on her students.

I got the distinct impression that they didn't mean to stay long.

It is hard to say how much our impressions of hearing may be affected by those of sight.

I have an impression that I have somewhere met with it before.

I was under the impression that they were married.

The settlement left little impression on the wilderness.

Arriving late won't create a very favourable impression.

We were left with the impression that the contract was ours if we wanted it.

I get the distinct impression that we're not wanted here.

It was their first meeting and Richard was determined to make an impression.

When it comes to job interviews, first impressions are important.

Word forms

singular: impression
plural: impressions
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