Meaning of IMPRESSION in English


im ‧ pres ‧ sion S2 W2 /ɪmˈpreʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ impression , ↑ impressionism , ↑ impressionist , ↑ impressiveness ; adjective : ↑ impressionable , ↑ impressive ≠ ↑ unimpressive , ↑ impressionistic , ↑ unimpressed ; adverb : ↑ impressively , ↑ impressionistically ; verb : ↑ impress ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] the opinion or feeling you have about someone or something because of the way they seem:

When we looked around the school we got a very good impression.

I got the impression that she wasn't very happy with her job.

impression of

What was your impression of Roger?

2 . be under the impression (that) to believe that something is true when it is not:

I’m sorry, I was under the impression that you were the manager.

3 . [countable] if you do an impression of a famous person, you copy their speech or behaviour in order to make people laugh SYN imitation :

Jean does a great impression of Madonna.

4 . [countable] a picture or drawing of what someone or something might look like, or what something will look like in the future

impression of

an artist’s impression of the new building

5 . [countable] a mark left by pressing something into a soft surface:

Some of the fallen trees had left a clear impression in the hardened mud.

6 . [countable] all the copies of a book printed at one time ⇨ edition

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■ verbs

▪ make an impression

Think about what sort of impression you want to make.

▪ give an impression

Her speech definitely gave the impression that she was enthusiastic about the project.

▪ create an impression ( also convey an impression formal )

Arriving late won’t create a very good impression.

▪ get an impression

What sort of impression did you get of the city?

▪ leave an impression on somebody (=make someone remember a person, place, or thing )

Janet certainly left an impression on him.

■ adjectives

▪ a good/positive impression

He was keen to make a good impression on his boss.

▪ a bad/negative impression

Arriving late for an interview gives a very negative impression.

▪ sb’s first/initial/immediate impression

My first impression was that Terry’s version of the events was untrue.

▪ a clear/vivid impression

He had the clear impression that most people were in favour of the idea.

▪ a vague impression (=not very clear)

Dave only had a vague impression of the man who had attacked him.

▪ a strong/deep impression (=one that someone feels very strongly )

She made a strong impession on me the first time I met her.

▪ a lasting impression (=one that someone remembers for a long time)

Sam’s performance had clearly made a lasting impression on the audience.

▪ the overwhelming/overriding impression (=an impression that is stronger than all others)

The overwhelming impression after the meeting was one of optimism.

▪ an indelible impression formal (=lasting for ever)

Alan’s wartime experiences had left an indelible impression on him.

▪ a wrong/misleading impression

The advertisement gave a misleading impression of the product.

▪ a false/mistaken impression

He had the mistaken impression that Julia was married.


Many people got the false impression she didn’t care.

▪ the overall/general impression

The general impression was of a very efficiently run company.

▪ the distinct impression (=used when something seems very clear to you)

We were left with the impression that the contract was ours if we wanted it.

▪ sb’s personal impression

My personal impression is that the new manager has greatly improved things.

■ phrases

▪ first impressions count (=the impression you make when you first meet someone is important)

When attending a job interview, remember that first impressions count.

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▪ idea something that you think of, especially something that you could do or suggest:

I think that’s an excellent idea.


Let me know if you have any good ideas.

▪ thought something that comes into your mind:

The thought had entered my mind that he might be lying.


It was a worrying thought.


She was lost in her thoughts.

▪ impression the idea that you have in your mind about what someone or something is like:

What was your impression of him?

▪ inspiration a good and original idea, which makes you think of doing or creating something:

Where did you get your inspiration from for the book?


He suddenly had a flash of inspiration.


The design for the house was entirely the inspiration of the architect.

▪ brainwave British English , brainstorm American English a sudden new and clever idea, especially one that solves a problem:

I thought I’d have to sell the house, but then I had a brainwave.

▪ concept an idea of how something is, or how something should be done:

Concepts of beauty are different in different cultures.


the traditional concept of marriage

▪ notion an idea about life or society, especially one that is a little silly or old-fashioned:

There is no evidence to support the notion that poverty is caused by laziness.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.