Definition of imagination
1 : the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality
2a : creative abilityb : 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>
3a : a creation of the mind; especially : an idealized or poetic creationb : fanciful or empty assumption
Examples of imagination in a sentence
You can find a solution if you use a little imagination.
The author does not tell us what happens to the characters. We have to use our imagination.
He's a competent writer, but he lacks imagination.
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
IMAGINATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imagination for English Language Learners
: 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
IMAGINATION Defined for Kids
Definition of imagination for Students
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 : creative ability <Her story shows great imagination.>
3 : a creation of the mind <Is it just my imagination or are we moving?>
Medical Definition of imagination
: 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
Learn More about imagination
See words that rhyme with imagination Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for imagination Spanish Central: Translation of imagination Nglish: Translation of imagination for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of imagination for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about imagination
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up imagination? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).