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

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

Choose the Right Synonym for imagine

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Still, the agents tasked with protecting the man and his land grew to imagine him as a sympathetic, if extremely introverted, presence in the forest. Monte Reel, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2022 The most obvious indicator of increased wealth was their foreign travel, which rose to levels their parents couldn’t imagine. Paul Podolsky, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Warning: This post contains spoilers for season 1 of House of the Dragon. Through four episodes, House of the Dragon has covered several years of Westeros history, leaving some events off screen for television audiences only to imagine. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Technological and organizational progress came much faster, and with far greater benefits, than Malthus could imagine. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 12 Sep. 2022 Projects to redevelop a portion of West North Avenue, which runs on the north side of Sandtown-Winchester, and to re-imagine the area disrupted by the Highway to Nowhere, could be precursors to a better future for the area, Smith said. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 10 Sep. 2022 High school can be tough enough on your own, so imagine going through adolescence while constantly being compared to your twin sister. Ew Staff,, 9 Sep. 2022 As the game draws close, Justin Barron begins to imagine what playing at home as the opponent will be like. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 7 Sep. 2022 But still, what a drag to imagine a world without the Ringo version. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Imagine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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.


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

Medical Definition of imagine

transitive verb

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

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