impression

noun
im·​pres·​sion | \ im-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce impression (audio) \

Definition of impression

1a : a characteristic, trait, or feature resulting from some influence the impression on behavior produced by the social milieu
b : an effect of alteration or improvement the settlement left little impression on the wilderness
c : a telling image impressed on the senses or the mind
2 : the effect produced by impressing: such as
a : a stamp, form, or figure resulting from physical contact
b : an imprint of the teeth and adjacent portions of the jaw for use in dentistry
c : an especially marked and often favorable influence or effect on feeling, sense, or mind
3 : the act of impressing: such as
a : an affecting by stamping or pressing
b : a communicating of a mold, trait, or character by an external force or influence
4a : the amount of pressure with which an inked printing surface deposits its ink on the paper
b : one instance of the meeting of a printing surface and the material being printed also : a single print or copy so made
c : all the copies (as of a book) printed in one continuous operation from a single makeready
5 : an often indistinct or imprecise notion or remembrance
6a : the first coat of color in painting
b : a coat of paint for ornament or preservation
7 : an imitation or representation of salient features in an artistic or theatrical medium especially : an imitation in caricature of a noted personality as a form of theatrical entertainment
8 : page view especially : an instance in which a specific element (such as an advertisement) is displayed on a web page accessed by a user Although many consumers have never heard of ad tech firms, people's online activity is influenced every day by these companies as they battle for a share of ad impressions on phones, tablets, and laptops. — Claire Ballentine

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Synonyms for impression

Synonyms

impress, imprint, print, stamp

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idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed. innovative ideas my idea of paradise concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be. a society with no concept of private property conception is often interchangeable with concept; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result. our changing conception of what constitutes art thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining. commit your thoughts to paper notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental. you have the oddest notions impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses. the first impression is of soaring height

Examples of impression in a Sentence

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.
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Still, the evening is the first real opportunity for these candidates to make an impression. Philip Elliott, Time, "Elizabeth Warren Just Won the Debate Scheduling. Now, for the Debates," 14 June 2019 But Martindale praised him for making an impression at multiple backfield positions. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ OTAs and minicamp," 14 June 2019 Obafemi was a big miss, and the Irishman will be looking to make an impression next season after Ralph Hasenhuttl's men miraculously stayed in the top flight. SI.com, "Premier League: How Many Injuries Each Club Suffered During the 2018/19 Season," 12 June 2019 Make an impression in this printed strapless garb when a special affair is on the agenda, from an outdoor baby shower to a family gathering with hard-to-impress in-laws. Niki Mcgloster, Essence, "One Piece Styles for Summer," 7 June 2019 Most winery visits include a tasting and a tour of the premises, with the option to purchase wines that make an impression. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Already been to Napa Valley? Next head south to Mexico's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe," 6 June 2019 Since none of the original girls the show made famous will be returning for this redemption season, the all-new (save for one familiar face) cast is eager to make an impression on both Abby and the audience. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Meet The Cast of 'Dance Moms' Season 8," 19 May 2019 Still, her Dapper Dan for Gucci dress made an impression. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "This $148 Spanx Bodysuit Got Karlie Kloss Through the Met Gala—and You Can Buy It On Nordstrom," 7 May 2019 Meghan Markle's family members have already made quite the impression in their relatively short time in the spotlight. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Family," 4 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of impression

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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impression

noun

English Language Learners Definition of impression

: the effect or influence that something or someone has on a person's thoughts or feelings
: an idea or belief that is usually not clear or certain
: an appearance or suggestion of something

impression

noun
im·​pres·​sion | \ im-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce impression (audio) \

Kids Definition of impression

1 : something (as a design) made by pressing or stamping a surface The tires made impressions in the mud.
2 : the effect that something or someone has on a person's thoughts or feelings She shared her impressions of the city.
3 : an idea or belief that is usually uncertain
4 : an imitation of a famous person done for entertainment

impression

noun
im·​pres·​sion | \ im-ˈpresh-ən How to pronounce impression (audio) \

Medical Definition of impression

1 : an imprint in plastic material of the surfaces of the teeth and adjacent portions of the jaw from which a likeness may be produced in dentistry
2 : an especially marked influence or effect on the senses or the mind

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