Definition of image noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪmɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmɪdʒ//
    The fashion world, Watching TV
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] the impression that a person, an organization or a product, etc. gives to the public His public image is very different from the real person. The advertisements are intended to improve the company's image. Image is very important in the music world. stereotyped images of women in children’s books See related entries: The fashion world
  2. 2  [countable] a mental picture that you have of what somebody/something is like or looks like images of the past I had a mental image of what she would look like.
  3. 3  [countable] (formal) a copy of somebody/something in the form of a picture or statue Images of deer and hunters decorate the cave walls. a wooden image of the Hindu god Ganesh In the Bible it states that humans were created in the image of God.
  4. 4  [countable] a picture of somebody/something seen in a mirror, through a camera, or on a television or computer He stared at his own image reflected in the water. Slowly, an image began to appear on the screen. see also mirror image See related entries: Watching TV
  5. 5  [countable] a word or phrase used with a different meaning from its normal one, in order to describe something in a way that produces a strong picture in the mind poetic images of the countryside Wordfindercouplet, image, lyric, poetry, recite, refrain, rhyme, scansion, stanza, verse Wordfinderalliteration, euphemism, figure of speech, hyperbole, image, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin imago; related to imitate.Extra examples After exposure a faint image is visible. Betsy was a mirror image of her twin. Champagne houses owe their success to brand image. Dieting always seems to conjure up images of endless cottage cheese salads. Each illustration is displayed as a complete screen image. Eastwood has maintained an image as a tough guy. He didn’t fit my image of the boss. He represents the perfect image of a clean-living college boy. He started to recall images from his past. He’s a good player with a clean image. He’s the spitting image of his father! I like to build up images of the characters and setting before I start to write. In real life she looks nothing like her screen image. It leaves indelible images imprinted on your mind. It was forbidden to worship graven images. Samba always seems to conjure up images of Brazil. She had a sudden mental image of herself in a wedding dress. She is now seeking to soften her image for voters. She longed to capture the image on film. She was aiming for a wholesome, girl-next-door image. The company needs to create a new image for itself. The devices are capable of enlarging the image. The display juxtaposed images from serious and popular art. The group has failed to live up to its macho image. The history books built up a false image of an unpopular president. The industry had a poor image. The industry is trying to shed its negative image. The machine can capture a three-dimensional image of a patient’s heart. The party needs to clean up its somewhat tarnished image. The return journey was almost a mirror image of the outward one. The visual image is steadily replacing the written word. These images are used for marketing purposes. They can connect directly to the image files and allow the customer to view them. Treating disabled people like children only reinforces negative images of disability. Under each thumbnail image is a link to a larger illustration. Visitors can view live radar images and listen in to the control tower. You can store these images in a separate computer file. a book which presents positive images of older people a live close-up image of her face a standard video output for image transfer or remote viewing an effort to improve the organization’s public image flickering images on a screen heat images that show where most of the activity in the brain is help with eating disorders and body image humorous posters bearing an image of a squatting dog image analysis and feature recognition powerful and disturbing images of the war realistic 3D graphics with sharp images the ability to summon up images in the mind the distorted images in his dreams the hackneyed image of the poor student the ideal image of American citizenship the images produced on laser printers the painted image of a human being the pixel information used to display a digital image the use of still and moving video images traditional images of motherhood unrealistic images of the ideal body Do human beings think in words or in images? Her writings are full of poetic images of the countryside. I always had an image of her standing by that window gazing out. That’s not a very nice image! The advertisements are intended to improve the company’s image. the stereotyped images of women in children’s booksIdioms
    be the image of somebody/something
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    to look very like somebody/something else He's the image of his father. see also spitting image
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: image