imagine

verb
imag·​ine | \ i-ˈma-jən How to pronounce imagine (audio) \
imagined; imagining\ i-​ˈmaj-​niŋ How to pronounce imagining (audio) , -​ˈma-​jə-​ \

Definition of imagine

transitive verb

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

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think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires. fancied himself a super athlete realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined. realized the enormity of the task ahead envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed. envisaged a totally computerized operation envisioned a cure for the disease

Examples of imagine in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the 2014 referendum, the Nationalists struggled to get Scots to imagine what an independent government might look like. The Economist, "Covid-19 in Scotland How coronavirus strengthened Scottish independence," 8 Aug. 2020 Musicians possess the rare ability to help people imagine a better future. Jordan Kurland, Billboard, "Here Are Vital, Easy & Impactful Ways Artists Can Be Involved in the 2020 Election: Guest Commentary," 5 Aug. 2020 The playwrights stand back to imagine a longer-term view of how the pandemic and the social justice protests might shape individual and collective relationships in the new normal. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Playwrights envision a post-pandemic future guided by hope," 5 Aug. 2020 On the other hand, many couldn’t imagine seeing Tamera being replaced by anyone. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Is Keke Palmer Joining 'The Real'? That’s What Fans Are Demanding Online," 5 Aug. 2020 Covington High School coach Christine Beauvais can’t imagine wearing any other school’s colors. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "ALWAYS COACH BEAUVAIS — Longtime Covington coach Christine Beauvais retires after 38 years of girls sports," 4 Aug. 2020 But more quietly and more innovatively, the show began to decenter its composition, to drift away from BoJack and imagine in greater detail the lives of those around him: Diane, Todd, and Princess Carolyn. Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books, "A Horse’s Remorse," 3 Aug. 2020 Such insights are at the heart of a burgeoning field of insect research that some scientists say could help humans imagine a more pandemic-resilient society. Michael Schulson, Wired, "What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?," 1 Aug. 2020 Rather than seeking piecemeal repairs from slumlords, tenants and housing organizers have begun to imagine a world without them. Francisco Pérez, The New Republic, "The End of Housing As We Know It," 31 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'imagine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of imagine

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for imagine

Middle English ymagynen, borrowed from Anglo-French ymaginer, borrowed from Latin imāginārī, verbal derivative of imāgin-, imāgō "representation, semblance, image entry 1"

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The first known use of imagine was in the 14th century

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9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Imagine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imagine. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for imagine

imagine

verb
How to pronounce imagine (audio)

English Language Learners 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)

imagine

verb
imag·​ine | \ i-ˈma-jən How to pronounce imagine (audio) \
imagined; imagining

Kids Definition of imagine

1 : to form a mental picture of : use the imagination Imagine yourself grown up.
2 : think sense 1 I imagine you're right.

imagine

verb
imag·​ine | \ im-ˈaj-ən How to pronounce imagine (audio) \
imagined; imagining\ -​ˈaj-​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce imagining (audio) \

Medical Definition of imagine

transitive verb

: to form a mental image of (something not present)

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