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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Warren stands out the most on this front, with 76 percent of likely caucusgoers holding a favorable impression of her compared with 14 percent unfavorable. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he’s considering commutation for Blagojevich," 9 Aug. 2019 The company and its lenders have hired financial advisers and lawyers, Bloomberg News has reported, cementing the impression that a capital restructuring lies ahead. Washington Post, "Distressed Debt Gurus Get a 90 Percent Scorching," 9 Aug. 2019 The architecture truly elevates the art and the viewing experience, creating an enduring impression for all those who enter. Janet Eastman, oregonlive.com, "Celebrating architect Pietro Belluschi’s 120th anniversary: Building tours, book talk and dinner in his home," 8 Aug. 2019 Nevertheless, Fukuyama’s caveat was not enough to dispel the widespread impression that the thirtysomething official in George H. W. Bush’s State Department was declaring history to have culminated in global liberal democracy. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ Was Misunderstood by Critics," 7 Aug. 2019 But, as Dieter Bohn noted in his hands-on impressions post, the Note 10 is something different for Samsung. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs. Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS: comparing three small-ish flagship phones," 7 Aug. 2019 Research released by a group of economists last year confirmed this impression in more detail. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America has a housing segregation problem. Seattle may just have the solution.," 4 Aug. 2019 And who can resist a good Bernie Sanders impression? Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Late-night TV's best jokes about Tuesday's Democratic debate in Detroit," 31 July 2019 Harris made perhaps the biggest impression in the first series of debates by challenging Biden over his comments about race and busing. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch the Second Round of Democratic Debates for Free—Even Without Cable," 30 July 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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