imagination

noun
imag·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce imagination (audio) \

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

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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?
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Recent Examples on the Web

One of Washington’s small wonders, a water dragon that was born by a process that might challenge the imagination, has died at the National Zoo, according to an announcement Friday from the zoo. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Unique water dragon dies at zoo; was born without male contribution," 6 July 2019 This tale didn't spring purely from director and writer Ari Aster's imagination. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "How Midsommar's May Queen Scene Connects To A Real Swedish Legend," 5 July 2019 The Colombian singer is a part of a Latin reggaeton boom that has captured fashion’s imagination in the last year. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Maluma Is Men’s Fashion’s Hottest New Muse," 5 July 2019 Calling all artists: Wander into the expanse of space and let your imagination travel. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Get in the swing this summer at Brecksville Center for the Arts: Talk of the Towns," 5 July 2019 Overactive imaginations can be dangerously irrational while also being the hallmark of great storytellers everywhere. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 Aioli, like beef, seems to be a figment of human imagination. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 2019 This was not just a lurid invention of Orwell’s imagination. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Pavlik Morozov Is the Patron Saint of Cancel Culture," 2 July 2019 But the important lessons the children learned were all about scientific discovery, problem solving, innovation, and imagination. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Play Pays At Camp Invention," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of imagination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for imagination

Middle English ymaginacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French ymaginacion, borrowed from Latin imāginātiōn-, imāginātiō, from imāginārī "to imagine" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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More Definitions for imagination

imagination

noun

English Language Learners 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

imagination

noun
imag·​i·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce imagination (audio) \

Kids Definition of imagination

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?

imagination

noun
imag·​i·​na·​tion | \ im-ˌaj-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce imagination (audio) \

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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