- 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 themMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 livesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with clause] Suppose or assume: after Ned died, everyone imagined that Mabel would move awayMore example sentences
assume, presume, expect, take it, take it for granted, take it as read, take it as given, presuppose; suppose, think it likely, dare say, think, surmise, conjecture, believe, be of the opinion that, fancy, feel, be of the view, be under the impression; North American figure• formal opine• archaic ween
- I think everyone imagines that they are either ‘live’ or far more recent.
- If the paranoid imagines that everyone he meets is involved in a nebulous pattern of malign intentions, in his accident scene the harm was literal and the direct cause perceptible.
- We are supposed to imagine that this telephone conversation could be taking place right now.
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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'.