♦♦♦impressions1) N-COUNT: oft poss N, N of n, N that Your impression of a person or thing is what you think they are like, usually after having seen or heard them. Your impression of a situation is what you think is going on.
What were your first impressions of college?...
My impression is that they are totally out of control...
There was a general impression that tomorrow meant a fresh start.Syn:2) N-SING: usu with supp, oft N that, N of n If someone gives you a particular impression, they cause you to believe that something is the case, often when it is not.
I don't want to give the impression that I'm running away from the charges...
He cleverly inserted mirrors above the window to create an impression of space.3) N-COUNT: oft N of n An impression is an amusing imitation of someone's behaviour or way of talking, usually someone well-known.
...doing impressions of Sean Connery and James Mason.Syn:impersonation4) N-COUNT An impression of an object is a mark or outline that it has left after being pressed hard onto a surface.
...the world's oldest fossil impressions of plant life.5) PHRASE: V inflects If someone or something makes an impression, they have a strong effect on people or a situation.
He has told me his plans and he's made a good impression on me...
The type of aid coming in makes no immediate impression on the horrific death rates.6) PHRASE: v-link PHR, usu PHR that If you are under the impression that something is the case, you believe that it is the case, usually when it is not actually the case.
He had apparently been under the impression that a military coup was in progress.
English dictionary. 2008.