Simple Definition of image
: a picture that is produced by a camera, artist, mirror, etc.
: a mental picture : the thought of how something looks or might look
: the idea that people have about someone or something
Full Definition of image
1 : a reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing; especially : an imitation in solid form : statue
2 a : the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (as a lens or mirror) or an electronic device b : a visual representation of something: as (1) : a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material (2) : a picture produced on an electronic display (as a television or computer screen)
3 a : exact likeness : semblance <God created man in his own image — Genesis 1:27(Revised Standard Version)> b : a person strikingly like another person <she is the image of her mother>
5 a (1) : a mental picture or impression of something <had a negative body image of herself> (2) : a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation <a disorderly courtroom can seriously tarnish a community's image of justice — Herbert Brownell> b : idea, concept
6 : a vivid or graphic representation or description
7 : figure of speech
8 : a popular conception (as of a person, institution, or nation) projected especially through the mass media <promoting a corporate image of brotherly love and concern — R. C. Buck>
Examples of image in a sentence
She studied her image in the mirror.
The kids sat staring at the images on the TV screen.
painters capturing images of war
black-and-white images of the city
His poem evokes images of the sea and warm summer days.
He is trying hard to improve his image.
The law suit has negatively affected the company's public image.
a politician who cares more about image than about telling the truth
Origin of image
Middle English, from Anglo-French, short for imagene, from Latin imagin-, imago; perhaps akin to Latin imitari to imitate
First Known Use: 13th century
Rhymes with image
Definition of image
1 : to call up a mental picture of : imagine
2 : to describe or portray in language especially in a vivid manner
3 a : to create a representation of; also : to form an image of <imaged Jupiter's rings> <image the bone using X-rays> b : to represent symbolically
Examples of image in a sentence
<in the painting Sacagawea is imaged as an intrepid woman pointing the way for Lewis and Clark>
<the brochure images a vacation at the resort in language that makes you want to make a reservation this instant>
First Known Use of image
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Definition of image for Students
1 : a picture or reflection of something produced by a device (as a mirror or lens) <We watched the images on the screen.>
2 : someone who looks very much like another <She is the image of her mother.>
3 : the thought of how something looks <An image appeared in his head of his parents hugging each other and crying. — Louis Sachar, Holes>
4 : a representation (as a picture or statue) of something
5 : an idea of what someone or something is like <He has an image as a troublemaker.>
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