impression

noun
im·​pres·​sion | \ im-ˈpre-shən \

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 new Serif and The Frame will be on display at the show, so stay tuned for impressions on Samsung's upgrades. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung’s stylish The Frame and Serif 4K TVs will soon come in more sizes with better picture quality," 19 Dec. 2018 Those first impressions are everything with audiences. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zeeko Zaki Finally Gets to Play the Good Guy," 29 Oct. 2018 Many of his fans followed suit, to the vociferous dismay of many others — a testament to how one artist's personal aesthetic choices can have such a far-reaching impression. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 Savannah Phillips is, of course, a regular fixture at royal events, and famously made a big impression earlier this year at Trooping the Colour. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Blew a Kiss to Her Royal Fans as She Arrived at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 In fact, Reinhart's first impression of Sprouse wasn't exactly positive. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lili Reinhart Thought Cole Sprouse's Voice Was 'Annoying' When They First Met," 24 Sep. 2018 Much more of a resort than a hotel, the overall impression is one of generous space and dramatic scale. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Of course, having watched all of this now, the big question still remains ... whose impression was better? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Ray Romano Had the Ultimate Response to Jon Hamm Who Mocked Him on 'Jimmy Fallon'," 3 Aug. 2018 But, now, the impression is the economy has turned around and doing much, much better. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit food banks hungry for donations as the economy booms," 3 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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