Simple Definition of imagine
: 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)
Full Definition of imagine
imag·inedimag·in·ing play \-ˈmaj-niŋ, -ˈma-jə-\
1 : to form a mental image of (something not present) <imagine accidents at every turn>
4 : to form a notion of without sufficient basis : fancy <imagines himself to be a charming conversationalist>
1 : to use the imagination
2 : believe 3
Examples of imagine
a writer who has imagined an entire world of amazing creatures
He asked us to imagine a world without poverty or war.
It's hard for me to imagine having children.
He was imagining all sorts of terrible things happening.
“What was that sound? I think there's someone in the house!” “Oh, you're just imagining things.”
I imagine it will snow at some point today.
It's difficult to imagine that these changes will really be effective.
The company will do better next year, I imagine.
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
Synonym Discussion of imagine
think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions <teaches students how to think>. cogitate implies deep or intent thinking <cogitated on the mysteries of nature>. reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind <reflecting on fifty years of married life>. reason stresses consecutive logical thinking <able to reason brilliantly in debate>. speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic <speculated on the fate of the lost explorers>. deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision <the jury deliberated for five hours>.
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