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 asa : a stamp, form, or figure resulting from physical contactb : an imprint of the teeth and adjacent portions of the jaw for use in dentistryc : an especially marked and often favorable influence or effect on feeling, sense, or mind
3 : the act of impressing: such asa : an affecting by stamping or pressingb : 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 paperb : one instance of the meeting of a printing surface and the material being printed; also : a single print or copy so madec : 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 paintingb : 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
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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IMPRESSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impression for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of impression for Students
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
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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