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

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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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The exhibit gave me the impression that Kahlo would have felt at home in today’s world of selfies and photo filters and would have definitely been an Instagram queen. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "Fashionably Late: An Editor's Take on the Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Brooklyn," 27 Mar. 2019 The Masked Singer sure left a lasting impression on former *NSYNC member Joey Fatone. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "See Joey Fatone's Giant 'The Masked Singer' Tattoo in Honor of His Time as the Rabbit," 12 Mar. 2019 Check out his first impressions in the video above, and stay tuned to PCWorld for more MWC coverage! Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkVision M14 is a compelling thin-and-light USB-C monitor for ThinkPad fans," 26 Feb. 2019 The visual effect is that of an artist's studio (the abundance of Golden paints also gives that impression), very chic and modern. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "The Walls of This Home Office Are Devilishly Functional," 31 Jan. 2019 The town newspaper, The Placencia Breeze, gives an impression of current concerns, advertising the chocolate festival (May), a birding festival (October), and the big one, the lobster festival in June. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 That falsely leaves the impression that only children traveling with gang members or other violent criminals will be separated. Anne Flaherty, Anchorage Daily News, "The immigration crisis: How we got here and what’s next," 19 June 2018 Mdou Moctar’s albums bring to mind the parable of the blind men and the elephant; taken individually, each one gives a misleading impression of the Nigerien artist’s full measure. Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader, "The stylistic range of Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar runs as deep as the communal roots of his music," 25 May 2018 But the new findings quantify and could expand marketers’ understanding in some ways—suggesting, for example, that ads not only make lightning-quick impressions but can misfire in a flash as well. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Mobile Ads Do More Work in One Second Than You Might Think," 6 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of impression

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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