impressive

adjective
im·​pres·​sive | \ im-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce impressive (audio) \

Definition of impressive

: making or tending to make a marked impression : having the power to excite attention, awe, or admiration an impressive display of skill

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Other Words from impressive

impressively adverb
impressiveness noun

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moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy. a moving appeal for contributions impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction. an impressive list of achievements poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities. a poignant documentary on the homeless affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos. an affecting deathbed reunion touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion. the touching innocence in a child's eyes pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt. pathetic attempts to justify misconduct

Examples of impressive in a Sentence

He has an impressive vocabulary for a 10-year-old. Her first performance was very impressive. He has an impressive manner.
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Of course pretty much all marathoners, no matter the course, have impressive levels of fitness and perseverance. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things You Should Know Before Watching the 2019 Boston Marathon," 11 Apr. 2019 Both experts and users enjoyed the stability of the Contragrip sole, and the support of the ankle collar that comes up to an impressive 6.5 inches—no hobbling here. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 But a fund that focuses on companies that target millennials hasn’t attracted much interest from investors, despite impressive returns. Simon Constable, WSJ, "A Millennials ETF Does Well, but Can’t Escape the Stigma," 7 Apr. 2019 Congratulations on reaching this important and impressive milestone before your centenary year next year. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry's Biggest Fan, Daphne Dunne, Passed Away at 99," 2 Apr. 2019 Pair sweet red grapes with cabbage for an impressive side dish to go alongside delicious roast pork. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage," 7 Jan. 2019 Day 2: An Underrated Mosque, a Grand Bazaar, and an Unusual Museum While not as ornate as the Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque is just as impressive—and noticeably less touristy. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Game of Thrones garnered an impressive number of Emmy nominations yesterday (22, the most of any program) but one nomination in particular actually made history. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Game Of Thrones Quietly Broke An Emmy Record Yesterday," 13 July 2018 Croat Sime Vrsaljko could be an alternative but Atletico Madrid are unlikely to sell him especially off the back of an impressive world cup. SI.com, "Man Utd Defender Could Sign Contract Extension as Inter Continue Hunt for New Right Back," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of impressive

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impressive was in 1598

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impressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impressive

: deserving attention, admiration, or respect : making a good impression

impressive

adjective
im·​pres·​sive | \ im-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce impressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of impressive

: having the power to impress the mind or feelings especially in a positive way an impressive speech

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