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imagination

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noun imag·i·na·tion \i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of imagination

  • : the ability to imagine things that are not real : the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced

  • : the ability to think of new things

  • : something that only exists or happens in your mind

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of imagination

  1. 1 :  the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality

  2. 2 a :  creative ability b :  ability to confront and deal with a problem :  resourcefulness <use your imagination and get us out of here> c :  the thinking or active mind :  interest <stories that fired the imagination>

  3. 3 a :  a creation of the mind; especially :  an idealized or poetic creation b :  fanciful or empty assumption

Examples of imagination in a sentence

  1. You can find a solution if you use a little imagination.

  2. The author does not tell us what happens to the characters. We have to use our imagination.

  3. He's a competent writer, but he lacks imagination.

  4. Is it just my imagination, or is it getting warm in here?



Origin and Etymology of imagination

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin imagination-, imaginatio, from imaginari


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with imagination

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IMAGINATION Defined for Kids

imagination

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noun imag·i·na·tion \i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of imagination for Students

  1. 1 :  the act, process, or power of forming a mental picture of something not present and especially of something a person has not known or experienced <Her imagination kept her entertained on the long ride.>

  2. 2 :  creative ability <Her story shows great imagination.>

  3. 3 :  a creation of the mind <Is it just my imagination or are we moving?>




Medical Dictionary

imagination

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noun imag·i·na·tion \im-ˌaj-ə-ˈnā-shən\

Medical Definition of imagination

  1. :  an act or process of forming a conscious idea or mental image of something never before wholly perceived in reality by the one forming the images (as through a synthesis of remembered elements of previous sensory experiences or ideas as modified by unconscious defense mechanisms); also :  the ability or gift of forming such conscious ideas or mental images especially for the purposes of artistic or intellectual creation





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