Meaning of “impressive” in the English Dictionary

"impressive" in British English

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uk /ɪmˈpres.ɪv/ us /ɪmˈpres.ɪv/

B2 If an object or achievement is impressive, you admire or respect it, usually because it is special, important, or very large:

That was an impressive performance from such a young tennis player.
an impressive collection of modern paintings
There are some very impressive buildings in the town.

B2 If someone is impressive, you admire or respect that person for their special skills or abilities:

She's a very impressive public speaker.

More examples

  • She has an impressive command of the English language.
  • The front of the museum is very impressive.
  • Her loyalty to the cause is impressive.
  • The Giants winning streak remained unbroken for an impressive 19 games.
  • The building relies on clever design rather than on ornament for its impressive effect.
adverb uk /ɪmˈpres.ɪ us /ɪmˈpres.ɪ

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

"impressive" in American English

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us /ɪmˈpres·ɪv/

causing someone to feel admiration or respect:

an impressive performance
adverb us /ɪmˈpres·ɪv·li/

an impressively large collection of medals

(Definition of “impressive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)