Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: imagene, from Latin imago


im‧age S3 W1 [countable]

public opinion

the opinion people have of a person, organization, product etc, or the way a person, organization etc seems to be to the public:
The hotel and casino industry is working hard on improving its image.
The party has to project the right image.
image of
attempts to improve the public image of the police

idea in mind

a picture that you have in your mind, especially about what someone or something is like or the way they look
image of
He had no visual image of her, only her name.
He had the clearest image in his mind of his mother and father.

picture/what you see

a) a picture of an object in a mirror or in the lens of a camera:
She peered closely at her image in the mirror.
b) a picture on the screen of a television, cinema, or computer:
Jill Sharpe was little more than a name, a glossy image on a television screen.
c) a picture or shape of a person or thing that is copied onto paper or is cut in wood or stone:
carved images


a word, phrase, or picture that describes an idea in a poem, book, film etc:
He paints a very romantic image of working-class communities.

be the (very/living/spitting) image of somebody

to look exactly like someone or something else:
He's the spitting image of his mother.

in the image of somebody/something

literary in the same form or shape as someone or something else:
According to the Bible, man was made in the image of God.

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