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[ im-presh-uhn ]


  1. a strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings, conscience, etc.
  2. the first and immediate effect of an experience or perception upon the mind; sensation.

    Synonyms: imprint, impact

  3. the effect produced by an agency or influence.
  4. a notion, remembrance, belief, etc., often of a vague or indistinct nature:

    He had a general impression of lights, voices, and the clinking of silver.

    Synonyms: feeling

  5. a mark, indentation, figure, etc., produced by pressure.
  6. an image in the mind caused by something external to it.
  7. the act of impressing; state of being impressed.
  8. Dentistry. a mold taken, in plastic materials or plaster of Paris, of teeth and the surrounding tissues.
  9. an imitation of the voice, mannerisms, and other traits of a person, especially a famous person, as by an entertainer:

    The comedian did a hilarious impression of the president.

  10. Chiefly Printing.
    1. the process or result of printing from type, plates, etc.
    2. a printed copy from type, a plate, an engraved block, etc.
    3. one of a number of printings made at different times from the same set of type, without alteration ( edition ).
    4. the total number of copies of a book, pamphlet, etc., printed at one time from one setting of type or from one set of plates.
  11. Metalworking. a portion of a die having in reverse the intended form of an object to be forged.


/ ɪmˈprɛʃən /


  1. an effect produced in the mind by a stimulus; sensation

    he gave the impression of wanting to help

  2. an imprint or mark produced by pressing

    he left the impression of his finger in the mud

  3. a vague idea, consciousness, or belief

    I had the impression we had met before

  4. a strong, favourable, or remarkable effect

    he made an impression on the managers

  5. the act of impressing or the state of being impressed
  6. printing
    1. the act, process, or result of printing from type, plates, etc
    2. one of a number of printings of a publication printed from the same setting of type with no or few alterations Compare edition
    3. the total number of copies of a publication printed at one time
  7. dentistry an imprint of the teeth and gums, esp in wax or plaster, for use in preparing crowns, inlays, or dentures
  8. an imitation or impersonation

    he did a funny impression of the politician

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Derived Forms

  • imˈpressional, adjective
  • imˈpressionally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • im·pression·al adjective
  • im·pression·al·ly adverb
  • im·pression·less adjective
  • preim·pression noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of impression1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English impressio(u)n, from Latin impressiōn-, stem of impressiō; equivalent to impress 1 + -ion

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Idioms and Phrases

see make an impression under the impression .

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Example Sentences

Harm to those who would see them as painfully familiar, and harm to those who would view them with an unfamiliarity that might leave the impression that what’s on screen reflects normal, acceptable behavior.

Because target impression share bidding is based on real-time data, it overrides the bid adjustments from your manual campaign.

Jonathan Stringfield, VP Global Marketing, Measurement and Insights, Activision BlizzardBrands need better ways of measuring the effectiveness of campaigns beyond simply tracking impressions.

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The fraudsters pulled off this heist by exploiting server-side ad insertion to falsify ad impressions.

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Now all he saw were the rectangular impressions they’d left in the grass.

“I found him to to be an interesting person,” Krauss said of the first impression.

But he told me recently that Malia would do my impression of him to him.

And then I met him before I started doing the impression of him when he was a guest on SNL for a moment.

“I have not gotten the impression that they have their minds made up or they are not open to new information,” Stammberger said.

They also give the impression that you have a neatly organized life.

I knew the world had nothing like her, and yet the impression she has made on me, at the first view, is unexpectedly great.

A ray of Consciousness is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the record.

However great the power of Revival, there is no memory unless there was a First Impression.

And when he answered it, he was obliged to acknowledge that she had made upon his nature a definite impression.

The concerto made a generally dazzling and difficult impression upon me, but did not "take hold" of me particularly.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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