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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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 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   us   /ɪmˈpreʃən/
(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)
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