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 herec : 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?
Recent Examples of imagination from the Web
The America of Mensch’s imagination is a place in which the entire Republican party is imminently going to jail — on RICO charges, no less — because Paul Ryan is a partisan.
The number of possible bets on soccer or any other sport are limited only by the imagination of the bookies, ranging from coin flips to red flags to what color shoes Beyonce will wear at halftime.
On Monday, sports blog Deadspin posted a short item about Richards that captured the media's imagination.
As is the case with so many multi-generational enterprises, Soundworks' viability is limited only by the imagination and flexibility of its team in carving out new opportunities.
As her imagination ran wild with the possibilities of adornments, D’Souza and her husband researched sources for skulls.
But most people don’t have the imagination—or whatever—to leave their mine.
Elegant windows, still boarded for protection on the outside, spur Ross’ imagination on the inside.
Plans for pumping money into schools and nationalizing rail transport captured the public imagination after years of grinding austerity.
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Origin and Etymology of imagination
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin imagination-, imaginatio, from imaginari
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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
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