Definitions for impressionɪmˈprɛʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•pres•sionɪmˈprɛʃ ən(n.)

  1. a strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings, or senses.

  2. the effect produced by an agency or influence.

  3. a somewhat vague awareness:

    a general impression of distant voices.

  4. a mark produced by pressure.

  5. an image in the mind caused by something external to it.

  6. the act of impressing or the state of being impressed.

  7. an imprint of the teeth or gums taken in plastic material that forms a mold in dentistry.

    Category: Dentistry

  8. a caricatured imitation of a usu. famous person by an entertainer.

    Category: Showbiz

  9. the process or result of printing from type, plates, an engraved block, etc. one of a number of printings made at different times from the same set of type. all the copies, as of a book, printed at one time from one setting of type or from one set of plates.

    Category: Printing

Origin of impression:

1325–75; ME < L impressiō; see impress1, -ion


Princeton's WordNet

  1. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion(noun)

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"

  2. impression, effect(noun)

    an outward appearance

    "he made a good impression"; "I wanted to create an impression of success"; "she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"

  3. mental picture, picture, impression(noun)

    a clear and telling mental image

    "he described his mental picture of his assailant"; "he had no clear picture of himself or his world"; "the events left a permanent impression in his mind"

  4. depression, impression, imprint(noun)

    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

    "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

  5. stamp, impression(noun)

    a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving

    "he put his stamp on the envelope"

  6. impression, printing(noun)

    all the copies of a work printed at one time

    "they ran off an initial printing of 2000 copies"

  7. impression(noun)

    (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster

    "the dentist took an impression for use in preparing an inlay"

  8. impression(noun)

    an impressionistic portrayal of a person

    "he did a funny impression of a politician"

  9. impression(noun)

    the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another

    "he watched the impression of the seal on the hot wax"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. impression(noun)ɪmˈprɛʃ ən

    a feeling or idea about sb or sth

    I get/have the impression she doesn't need to work.; my impression of the situation

  2. impressionɪmˈprɛʃ ən

    the way you feel about sb or sth when you first see them

    Dress nicely to make a good first impression.

  3. impressionɪmˈprɛʃ ən

    believing sth to be true

    I was under the impression the drinks were going to be free.

  4. impressionɪmˈprɛʃ ən

    the act of pretending to be sb else by copying their voice, gestures, etc.

    He does a very good impression of Michael Jackson.

  5. impressionɪmˈprɛʃ ən

    a mark made by pressing; = imprint

    an impression of her hand when she was a baby


  1. impression(Noun)

    The indentation or depression made by the pressure of one object on or into another.

    His head made an impression on the pillow.

  2. impression(Noun)

    The overall effect of something, e.g., on a person.

    What is your impression of Beatles' music?

  3. impression(Noun)

    A vague recalling of an event, a belief

    I have the impression that he's already left for Paris.

  4. impression(Noun)

    An impersonation, an imitation of the mannerisms of another individual

  5. impression(Noun)

    An outward appearance

  6. impression(Noun)

    An online advertising performance metric representing an instance where an ad is shown once

  7. Origin: From impression, from impressio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impression(noun)

    the act of impressing, or the state of being impressed; the communication of a stamp, mold, style, or character, by external force or by influence

  2. Impression(noun)

    that which is impressed; stamp; mark; indentation; sensible result of an influence exerted from without

  3. Impression(noun)

    that which impresses, or exercises an effect, action, or agency; appearance; phenomenon

  4. Impression(noun)

    influence or effect on the senses or the intellect hence, interest, concern

  5. Impression(noun)

    an indistinct notion, remembrance, or belief

  6. Impression(noun)

    impressiveness; emphasis of delivery

  7. Impression(noun)

    the pressure of the type on the paper, or the result of such pressure, as regards its appearance; as, a heavy impression; a clear, or a poor, impression; also, a single copy as the result of printing, or the whole edition printed at a given time

  8. Impression(noun)

    in painting, the first coat of color, as the priming in house painting and the like

  9. Impression(noun)

    a print on paper from a wood block, metal plate, or the like

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impression' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2504

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impression' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2212

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'impression' in Nouns Frequency: #929

Anagrams of impression

  1. permission

Translations for impression

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the idea or effect produced in someone's mind by a person, experience etc

The film made a great impression on me.

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