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noun [countable] impression pronunciation in British English /ɪmˈpreʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    an opinion or feeling that you have about someone or something you have seen but do not know very well
    have/get the impression (that):

    I have the impression that she’s very good at her job.

    first impressions (=opinions that you form immediately, before thinking thoroughly):

    The report seems to be based entirely on first impressions.

    1. a.
      the opinion that other people have about you because of the way that you look, speak, or behave
      create/make an impression on someone:

      As a serious candidate, you want to make a good impression on everyone you meet.

      give the impression (that):

      He gives the impression that he really doesn’t care.

    2. b.
      used about something that you believe because of what you have seen or experienced, often something that is not true
      false impression:

      The headline gave a false impression of what the article was about.

      be under the impression (that):

      I was under the impression you had been here before.

  2. 2
    a performance in which someone copies the way another person speaks or behaves in order to make people laugh
    do an impression of someone:

    He does impressions of famous singers.

  3. 3
    formal a mark that is made when an object is pressed onto a surface


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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