be under the impression

Definition of be under the impression

  1. :  to have an idea or belief that is usually not clear or certain I was under the impression that admission was free.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. :  a characteristic, trait, or feature resulting from some influence

    :  an effect of alteration or improvement

    :  a telling image impressed on the senses or the mind

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