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imagine Syllabification: im·ag·ine
Pronunciation: /iˈmajən/

Definition of imagine in English:


[with object]
1Form a mental image or concept of: imagine a road trip from Philadelphia to Chicago [with clause]: I couldn’t imagine what she expected to tell them
More 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.
visualize, envisage, envision, picture, see in the mind's eye;
dream up, think up/of, conjure up, conceive, conceptualize
formal ideate
1.1 (often as adjective imagined) Believe (something unreal or untrue) to exist or be so: they suffered from ill health, real or imagined, throughout their lives
More 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 away
More example sentences
  • 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.
suppose, think (it likely), dare say, surmise, believe, be of the view, figure
informal guess, reckon
formal opine
2.1 [as exclamation] Just suppose: imagine! to outwit Heydrich!


Example sentences
  • 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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