- a representation or likeness of a person or thing, as in a drawing, painting, photograph, or sculpture
- Bible a sculptured figure used as an idol
- the visual impression of something, produced variously as by reflection from a mirror, refraction through a lens, electromagnetic or ultrasound scanning, etc.
- a person or thing very much like another; copy; counterpart; likeness: she is the very image of her mother
- a mental picture of something; conception; idea; impression
- the concept of a person, product, institution, etc. held by the general public, often one deliberately created or modified by publicity, advertising, or propaganda
- a type; typical example; symbol; embodiment: he is the very image of laziness
- a vivid representation; graphic description: a drama that is the image of life
- a figure of speech; esp., a metaphor or simile
- Psychoanalysis a conception of a person, as of a parent, usually idealized, fashioned in the unconscious and remaining there; imago
Origin of imageOld French from imagene from Classical Latin imaginem, accusative of imago, imitation, copy, image, akin to aemulus: see emulate
transitive verb-·aged, -·ag·ing
- to make a representation or imitation of; portray, delineate, etc.
- to reflect; mirror
- to picture in the mind; imagine
- to be a symbol or type of
- to describe graphically, vividly, or with figures of speech
Origin of image< imagethe noun; also < Fr imager < the n.