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BNC: 1846 COCA: 2537


impression /ɪmˈprɛʃən/ noun
plural impressions
plural impressions
Learner's definition of IMPRESSION
: the effect or influence that something or someone has on a person's thoughts or feelings印象;感想
: an idea or belief that is usually not clear or certain(通常不太清晰或确定的)感觉,想法,印象
: an appearance or suggestion of something(某事物给人的)感觉,暗示
: something (such as a design or a footprint) made by pressing or stamping a surface压印;印记;压痕
: an imitation of a famous person that is done for entertainment(对名人的)滑稽模仿
BNC: 1846 COCA: 2537



im·​pres·​sion im-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce impression (audio)
: the effect produced by impressing: such as
: an especially marked and often favorable influence or effect on feeling, sense, or mind
: a stamp, form, or figure resulting from physical contact
: an imprint of the teeth and adjacent portions of the jaw for use in dentistry
: an often indistinct or imprecise notion or remembrance
: a telling image impressed on the senses or the mind
: an effect of alteration or improvement
The settlement left little impression on the wilderness.
: a characteristic, trait, or feature resulting from some influence
the impression on behavior produced by the social milieu
: an imitation or representation of salient features in an artistic or theatrical medium
especially : an imitation in caricature of a noted personality as a form of theatrical entertainment
: the act of impressing: such as
: an affecting by stamping or pressing
: a communicating of a mold, trait, or character by an external force or influence
: page view
especially : an instance in which a specific element (such as an advertisement) is displayed on a web page accessed by a user
Although many consumers have never heard of ad tech firms, people's online activity is influenced every day by these companies as they battle for a share of ad impressions on phones, tablets, and laptops. Claire Ballentine
: the amount of pressure with which an inked printing surface deposits its ink on the paper
: one instance of the meeting of a printing surface and the material being printed
also : a single print or copy so made
: all the copies (as of a book) printed in one continuous operation from a single makeready
: the first coat of color in painting
: a coat of paint for ornament or preservation
Choose the Right Synonym for impression

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan).

idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed.

innovative ideas
my idea of paradise

concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be.

a society with no concept of private property

conception is often interchangeable with concept; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result.

our changing conception of what constitutes art

thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining.

commit your thoughts to paper

notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental.

you have the oddest notions

impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses.

the first impression is of soaring height

Example Sentences

The candidate made a favorable impression. My first impression of him was that he was a kind and thoughtful young man. First impressions are important but can be misleading. In her journal, she recorded her impressions of the city. Her kindness left a lasting impression on her students. I got the distinct impression that they didn't mean to stay long. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Altogether, the dress gives the impression of one long piece of silk that has been fashioned into a garment, toga-style. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 2 Sep. 2022 Video of the run, which can be seen above, gives an impression of the outright performance required to achieve the feat. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2022 Allowing elbow room between the wall and seating gives the impression of depth and space. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 Thankfully, House of the Dragon’s first episode gives you the immediate impression that the show is going to do right by both camps. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 21 Aug. 2022 Still, this approach gives the impression that Stray’s creators found an excuse for, instead of a solution to, the problem of how to design a nonhuman animal as the protagonist of a video game. WIRED, 19 Aug. 2022 Largely unaffected by internal and external resonances, these gorgeous-looking speakers produce a tightly focused soundstage that gives the impression of a live performance. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 Sitting in the media room, looking at it across the courtyard, gives the impression of watching a play. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 An airport’s name gives travelers a first impression of a place’s character. Anne Quito, Quartz, 6 July 2022 See More

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of impression was in the 14th century
BNC: 1846 COCA: 2537


1idea/feeling/opinion about sth想法ADJECTIVE | VERB + IMPRESSION | IMPRESSION + VERB | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEdistinct, firm, strong清晰的印象;牢固的看法;強烈的感想main, overriding, overwhelming主要的想法;最重要的感想clear, vivid清晰的/生動的印象fleeting, vague倏忽而逝的感想;模糊的印象accurate確切的印象distorted, erroneous, false, misleading, mistaken, wrong歪曲的印象;謬誤的印象;錯誤的印象;誤導性的印象good良好的感受The model gives a good impression of what the building will look like.模型讓人們對大樓未來的樣子產生了良好印象。favourable/favorable好印象bad壞印象negative, positive負面/正面印象opposite相反的看法early, first, immediate, initial早期的想法;第一印象;直接印象;最初的印象First impressions can be misleading.第一印象有可能誤導人。final最終印象general, overall總體/整體印象widespread普遍的看法There is a widespread impression that schooling needs to be improved.普遍認為學校教育必須加以改進。visual視覺印象public公眾印象personal, subjective個人/主觀印象VERB + IMPRESSIONform, gain, get, have, receive形成印象;覺得;有想法I got the distinct impression that you disliked her.我明顯感覺到你不喜歡她。convey, create, give (sb), leave sb with, provide (sb with)傳達印象;使產生想法;(給某人)留下印象The book leaves you with a distorted impression of politics.這部書會讓你對政治產生歪曲的印象。maintain維持感覺She was trying to maintain the impression that she was in control.她努力維持她還在掌控局面的假象。confirm印證想法heighten, reinforce, strengthen, support加深印象avoid避免想法It was difficult to avoid the impression that he was assisting them for selfish reasons.他是出於私利才幫助他們,這種感覺很難避免。correct糾正看法I must correct a false impression that I gave you just now.我必須糾正我剛才給你留下的錯誤印象。change改變看法Her performance did little to change my impression of her.她的表現基本上無助於改變我對她的印象。record記錄感受She recorded her impressions of the city in her diary.她在日記中記下了自己對這座城市的印象。share分享感受He shared his impressions of a recent visit to Japan.他分享了自己最近訪問日本的感受。IMPRESSION + VERBcount印象很重要When it comes to finding a partner, first impressions do count.說到尋覓伴侶,第一印象確實很重要。PREPOSITIONunder a/the impression以為I was under the impression that you weren't coming until tomorrow.我以為你要到明天才來呢。impression about關於⋯的印象I had the wrong impression about him.我對他的印象是錯誤的。impression as to對⋯的看法mistaken impressions as to the strength of the market對市場勢頭的錯誤看法


2effect that an experience/person has on sb/sth影響ADJECTIVE | VERB + IMPRESSION | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEbig, deep, great, huge, powerful, profound, strong, tremendous很大的影響;深刻的影響;重大的影響;巨大的影響;強烈的影響;深遠的影響superficial表面的影響abiding, indelible, lasting持久的效果;難以磨滅的影響excellent, favourable/favorable, good, great卓着的效果;有利影響;良好的效果;極大的影響bad, poor, unfavourable/unfavorable惡劣/不良/不利影響false, misleading, wrong虛假的效果;誤導性的影響;錯誤的效果right合適的效果If you want to create the right impression, I suggest you wear a suit.如果你想要達到得體的效果,我建議你穿西裝。first, immediate最初的影響;即時的效果The new player failed to make an immediate impression on the team.這位新來的球員沒能立即為球隊發揮作用。VERB + IMPRESSIONcreate, leave, make造成影響;起作用PREPOSITIONimpression on, impression upon對⋯的影響The day's events left a lasting impression on them.那天發生的事對他們造成了持久的影響。


3drawing圖畫ADJECTIVE | VERB + IMPRESSION ADJECTIVEartist's畫家的印象畫VERB + IMPRESSIONissue (BrE) 散發印象畫The police have issued an artist's impression of the attacker.警方已經發佈了畫家憑印象繪製的襲擊者的畫像。


4amusing copy of sb滑稽模仿ADJECTIVE | VERB + IMPRESSION ADJECTIVEgood很好的滑稽模仿funny搞笑的模仿VERB + IMPRESSIONdo進行滑稽模仿He does some very good impressions of movie stars.他維妙維肖地模仿一些電影明星。


5mark left on an object印記VERB + IMPRESSIONbear帶有印記The wax bore the impression of a sailing ship.蜂蠟上有帆船印記。

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