impressive

  • 1 Impressive — Im*press ive ([i^]m*pr[e^]s [i^]v), a. [Cf. F. impressif.] 1. Making, or tending to make, an impression; having power to impress; adapted to excite attention and feeling, to touch the sensibilities, or affect the conscience; as, an impressive… …

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  • 2 impressive — I adjective absorbing, assuring, awe inspiring, commanding, considerable, electrifying, eloquent, enthusiastic, exciting, fervent, formidable, grand, important, imposing, influential, magnificent, majestic, major, memorable, momentous, moving,… …

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  • 3 impressive — (adj.) 1570s, capable of being easily impressed, from IMPRESS (Cf. impress) + IVE (Cf. ive). Meaning capable of making an impression on the mind or senses is from 1775. Related: Impressively; impressiveness …

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  • 4 impressive — *moving, affecting, poignant, touching, pathetic Analogous words: imposing, majestic, august, noble, magnificent, grandiose, *grand: sublime, superb, glorious, *splendid: striking, arresting, remarkable, *noticeable Antonyms: unimpressive… …

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  • 5 impressive — [adj] powerful, influential absorbing, affecting, arresting, august, awe inspiring, consequential, cool*, deep*, dramatic, effective, eloquent, excited, exciting, extraordinary, forcible, grand, impassioned, important, imposing, inspiring,… …

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  • 6 impressive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ evoking admiration through size, quality, or skill. DERIVATIVES impressively adverb impressiveness noun …

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  • 7 impressive — [im pres′iv] adj. having or tending to have a strong effect on the mind or emotions; eliciting wonder or admiration impressively adv. impressiveness n …

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  • 8 impressive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ make sth ▪ …

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  • 9 impressive — im|pres|sive [ ım presıv ] adjective ** if something is impressive you admire it, for example because it is very good, large, or shows great skill: The list of their achievements is pretty impressive. an impressive performance Freeman is… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 impressive */*/ — UK [ɪmˈpresɪv] / US adjective if something is impressive, you admire it, for example because it is very good, large, or shows great skill The list of their achievements is pretty impressive. an impressive performance Freeman is impressive in the… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 impressive — im|pres|sive W3 [ımˈpresıv] adj something that is impressive makes you admire it because it is very good, large, important etc ▪ Among the guests was an impressive array of authors and critics. ▪ the remains of an impressive Roman villa… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 impressive — [[t]ɪmpre̱sɪv[/t]] ♦♦♦ ADJ GRADED Something that is impressive impresses you, for example because it is great in size or degree, or is done with a great deal of skill. It is an impressive achievement... The film s special effects are particularly …

    English dictionary

  • 13 impressive*/ — [ɪmˈpresɪv] adj if someone or something is impressive, you admire them Ant: unimpressive an impressive performance[/ex] The list of their achievements is pretty impressive.[/ex] impressively adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 14 impressive — impressively, adv. impressiveness, n. /im pres iv/, adj. having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable: an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance. [1585 95; IMPRESS1 + IVE] Syn. imposing …

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  • 15 impressive — adjective a) Making, or tending to make, an impression; having power to impress; adapted to excite attention and feeling, to touch the sensibilities, or affect the conscience; as, an impressive discourse; an impressive scene. b) Capable of being… …

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  • 16 impressive — ● impressif, impressive adjectif (anglais impressive) Littéraire. Qui est propre à causer ou à traduire des impressions. Se dit de la qualité acoustique et auditive d un son, qui le rend propre à évoquer certains bruits naturels …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 17 impressive — adjective 1) an impressive building Syn: magnificent, majestic, imposing, splendid, spectacular, grand, awe inspiring, striking, stunning, breathtaking; informal mind blowing, jaw dropping Ant: ordinary 2) …

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  • 18 impressive — /ɪmˈprɛsɪv / (say im presiv) adjective 1. such as to impress the mind; arousing solemn feelings: *The padre s impressive tones filled the dimly lit room with memories. –ion l. idriess, 1932. 2. commanding respect or admiration: *An impressive… …

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  • 19 impressive — adjective Date: 1598 making or tending to make a marked impression ; having the power to excite attention, awe, or admiration < an impressive display of skill > Synonyms: see moving • impressively adverb • impressiveness noun …

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  • 20 impressive — See formidable. See formidable, impressive …

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