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noun image pronunciation in British English /ˈɪmɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an opinion that people have about someone or something, which may not be a true one
    image of: We have an image of the US as a very rich country.
    shake off/get away from/shed an image: The company needs to shake off its outdated image.
    1. a.
      the opinion of yourself, your company, or your community that you deliberately try to create in the minds of other people
      image of: media images of young women
      project/present/promote an image: They present an image of themselves as experts in this area.
      positive/negative image: The charity is trying to promote positive images of mental handicap.
  2. 2
    [countable] a picture or idea of something in your mind
    the strong visual images of the Catholic church
    conjure up an image (=create an image): Their name conjures up images of shiny new office buildings.
    mental image: I had a sudden mental image of Robert waiting for me with flowers.
    1. a.
      the picture that you see on a computer or television screen, or in a cinema
      the flickering black-and-white images on the first cinema screens
      software for manipulating images after you have scanned them
    2. b.
      a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing
      Images of strange-looking animals are carved into the rocks.
    3. c.
      what you see when you look in a mirror
      Mrs Carson was peering closely at her own image in the mirror.
  3. 3
    [countable] literature a description of something that uses language or combines ideas in an interesting way
    The book paints an image of the human being as alone in a crowded world.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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