Definition of imagine in English:


Line breaks: im|agine
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmadʒɪn


[with object]
  • 1Form a mental image or concept of: she imagined him at his desk, his head in his hands [with clause]: I couldn’t imagine what she expected to tell them
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    • But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine something like this could have happened.
    • I had expected some reaction from imagining stories of those who did not make it home.
    • The images of them flying around the house imagining themselves as their favourite anime hero is too cute.
    visualize, envisage, envision, picture, form a picture of, see in the mind's eye, conjure up, conceptualize; dream about, fantasize about; dream up, think up, conceive, think of; plan, project, scheme
  • 1.1Believe (something unreal or untrue) to exist or be so: she was overtired and imagining things (as adjective imagined) they suffered from ill health, real or imagined, throughout their lives
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    • I would even have believed that I imagined the whole thing, except that there was a cold bottle of water left on the seat next to me.
    • He shrugged and resumed his watch with a sigh after moments of silence, believing he had imagined the noise.
    • Few architects draw strange shapes for their own sake: there is usually some kind of real or imagined logic driving them.



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  • She makes her intellectual project ‘an effort to avert the critical gaze from the racial object to the racial subject; from the described and imagined to the describers and imaginers…’
  • For all you imaginers out there, imagine it vividly.
  • He regards his work with a similar reverence, pointing to the fact that he sees himself not simply as creative imaginer but as interpreter and communicator of a further world existing alongside this one.


Middle English: from Old French imaginer, from Latin imaginare 'form an image of, represent' and imaginari 'picture to oneself', both from imago, imagin- 'image'.

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