imagine


imag·ine

verb \i-ˈma-jən\

: to think of or create (something that is not real) in your mind

: to form a picture or idea in your mind of (something that is not real or present)

: to have or form (an idea or opinion that is not accurate or based on reality)

imag·inedimag·in·ing \-ˈmaj-niŋ, -ˈma-jə-\

Full Definition of IMAGINE

transitive verb
1
:  to form a mental image of (something not present) <imagine accidents at every turn>
2
archaic :  plan, scheme
3
:  suppose, guess <I imagine it will rain>
4
:  to form a notion of without sufficient basis :  fancy <imagines himself to be a charming conversationalist>
intransitive verb
1
:  to use the imagination
2
:  believe 3

Examples of IMAGINE

  1. a writer who has imagined an entire world of amazing creatures
  2. He asked us to imagine a world without poverty or war.
  3. It's hard for me to imagine having children.
  4. He was imagining all sorts of terrible things happening.
  5. What was that sound? I think there's someone in the house! Oh, you're just imagining things.
  6. I imagine it will snow at some point today.
  7. It's difficult to imagine that these changes will really be effective.
  8. The company will do better next year, I imagine.
  9. It was worse than they had imagined.

Origin of IMAGINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French imaginer, from Latin imaginari, from imagin-, imago image
First Known Use: 14th century

imag·ine

verb \im-ˈaj-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)
imag·inedimag·in·ing \-ˈaj-(ə-)niŋ\

Medical Definition of IMAGINE

transitive verb
: to form a mental image of (something not present)
intransitive verb
: to use the imagination

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