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"impression" in British English

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impressionnoun

uk   /ɪmˈpreʃ.ən/  us   /ɪmˈpreʃ.ən/
  • impression noun (OPINION)

B2 [C] an ​idea or ​opinion of what something or someone is like: I didn't get much of an impression of the ​place because it was ​dark when we ​drove through it. What was ​your impression of Charlotte's ​husband? I don't ​tend to ​trust first impressions (= the ​opinion you ​form when you ​meet someone or ​see something for the first ​time). [+ that] When I first ​met him I got/had the impression that he was a ​shysort of ​person.
be under the impression
B2 to ​think that something is ​true, ​especially when it is not: I was under the impression (that) you didn't get on too well. He was under the ​mistaken (= ​false) impression (that) you were ​married.

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  • impression noun (EFFECT)

B2 [S] the way that something ​seems, ​looks, or ​feels to a ​particularperson: It makes/gives/​creates a very ​bad impression if you're late for an ​interview. [+ (that)] He ​likes to give the impression (that) he's ​terriblypopular and has ​lots of ​friends.

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  • impression noun (MARK)

[C] a ​mark made on the ​surface of something by ​pressing an ​object onto it: There were impressions around her ​ankles made by the ​tops of her ​socks.
  • impression noun (BOOKS)

[C usually singular] UK (US printing) all the ​copies of a ​book that have been ​printed at the same ​time without any ​changes being made: This is the second impression of the ​encyclopedia.
(Definition of impression from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"impression" in American English

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impressionnoun

 us   /ɪmˈpreʃ·ən/
  • impression noun (OPINION)

[C] an ​idea or ​opinion of what someone or something is like: It makes a ​bad impression if you’re late for an ​interview. [+ that clause] I get the impression that she’s ​rathershy. [+ that clause] I was under the impression that you didn’t like ​yourjob (= I was ​wrong to ​think that you did not like ​yourjob).
  • impression noun (EFFECT)

[U] effect or ​influence on the way someone ​feels or ​thinks: All ​ourwarnings made little impression on him.
  • impression noun (MARK)

[C] a ​mark made on the ​surface of something by ​pressing an ​object into it: The ​bookcase had ​left an impression in the ​rug.
(Definition of impression from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"impression" in Business English

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impressionnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪmˈpreʃən/
(also ad view) MARKETING, E-COMMERCE a ​singletime that an ​internetadvertisement is seen by a ​user: They ​market a company's ​product for a ​fixedrateper 1,000 impressions.
PRODUCTION all the ​copies of a ​book that have been ​printed at the same ​time without any ​changes being made: This is the second impression of the encyclopedia.
(Definition of impression from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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