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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Expect plenty of features and value-pricing, but the GV80 may need a surprise up its sleeve to make an impression. Dallas News, "What are the most interesting vehicles coming in 2020?," 11 Jan. 2020 Despite the promising setup, however, the film never achieves any narrative momentum; even its frequent violent episodes barely make an impression. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Inherit the Viper': Film Review," 9 Jan. 2020 Expect plenty of features and value-pricing, but the GV80 may need a surprise up its sleeve to make an impression. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "These are the best, most interesting, important vehicles coming in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 Oats is under the impression the West Virginia transfer should be able to play at Penn State on Dec. 14 in his team’s next game. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama weathers upstart who stunned Duke, evens record," 7 Dec. 2019 Dailey was under the impression that Skalnik had worked as a private investigator, Skalnik said, and wanted his legal advice. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 The Reluctant Mailbag begrudgingly slinks back into action this week under the impression that mid-November would be slow in the Poor Attitude Mail Room. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Mailbag: Could Marcus Semien be traded? Would he take hometown discount?," 22 Nov. 2019 The panel approved the proposal on a 6-5 vote Wednesday, a decision that appears to have blindsided some members who were under the impression that the item was only up for discussion, not action. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Minnesota sentencing commission pushes 5-year probation cap forward despite some objections," 7 Nov. 2019 The notes had been cleared the next day with supporters under the impression they were collected and brought to Starship. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Monsta X Fans Gather on Seoul's Streets & Social Media to Condemn Wonho's Departure," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of impression

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of impression was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2020

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“Impression.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impression. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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impression

noun
How to pronounce impression (audio)

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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