Meaning of “impression” in the English Dictionary

"impression" in British English

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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 shy sort 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.

More examples

  • You'll get a false impression of the town if you only visit the university.
  • My general impression of the place was good.
  • His helpfulness today has made me revise my original impression of him.
  • You don't want to convey the impression that we're not interested.
  • I was under the erroneous impression that they were married.

impression noun (EFFECT)

B2 [ S ] the way that something seems, looks, or feels to a particular person:

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 terribly popular and has lots of friends.

More examples

  • It's important to create a good impression when you meet a new client.
  • She made a very favourable impression on us.
  • In his 20 years working for the company, Joe Pearson made an indelible impression on it.
  • Did any of your teachers make a lasting impression on you?
  • Paul is Mister Big in our department, so it's important to make a good impression on him.

(Definition of “impression” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"impression" in American English

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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 rather shy.
[ + that clause ] I was under the impression that you didn’t like your job (= I was wrong to think that you did not like your job).

impression noun (EFFECT)

[ U ] effect or influence on the way someone feels or thinks:

All our warnings 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 /ɪmˈpreʃən/ us

also ad view MARKETING, E-COMMERCE a single time that an internet advertisement is seen by a user:

They market a company's product for a fixed rate per 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)