Definition of imagination in English:


Syllabification: im·ag·i·na·tion
Pronunciation: /iˌmajəˈnāSHən


  • 1The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses: she’d never been blessed with a vivid imagination
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    • He designed a series of lavish public celebrations to cement this image in the public imagination.
    • He said the tragedy still captured the public imagination and interest in it had not waned.
    • But one thing was undeniable; that children have vivid imaginations.
    creative power, fancy, vision
    informal mind's eye
    interest, fascination, attention, passion, curiosity
  • 1.1The ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful: technology gives workers the chance to use their imagination
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    • The first barrier is the lack of imagination and creativity in resourcing in schools.
    • The garden lacked beauty and mystery and I lacked creative imagination.
    • When will it dawn on them that we are capable of creating jobs by way of our own indigenous resources and imagination?
  • 1.2The part of the mind that imagines things: a girl who existed only in my imagination
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    • It can lead an audience to open their hearts and minds and imaginations.
    • You don't have that kind of issue in Asia, so their minds and imaginations are less clouded.
    • These cabin tours can be as inventive as campers' imaginations will allow.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin imaginatio(n-), from the verb imaginari 'picture to oneself', from imago, imagin- 'image'.

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