imagine

verb
imag·​ine | \ i-ˈma-jən How to pronounce imagine (audio) \
imagined; imagining\ i-​ˈmaj-​niŋ How to pronounce imagine (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 Now imagine being the GM charged with trading him, only to discover virtually nobody wants him. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 Most American families, just to pay the bills, to have any kind of savings at all, to even imagine being able to pay for college, both parents have to be in the workforce, and working full-time, and sometimes more than one job. PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2021 Just imagine being a woman in your office in your home, alone. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 23 July 2021 Adamson says the new exhibit will imagine futures that unite people, and at the same time embrace diverse experiences and visions. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 July 2021 The students went straight to the drawing board in November and began with basic brainstorming, which included simply sitting and navigating in a wheelchair, while trying to imagine how Jeremy could safely stroll with his child. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 This is because the mood they are being encouraged to imagine seems difficult to attain, making the happy activity seem difficult as well. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 22 July 2021 Try to imagine it: a world in which meeting basic human needs like shelter, food, and water are unconditional priorities. Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Bucks, but it’s certainly not hard to imagine a significant addition, or two, making Dallas a Western Conference contender next season. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 20 July 2021

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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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29 Jul 2021

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“Imagine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imagine. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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imagine

verb

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 imagine (audio) \

Medical Definition of imagine

transitive verb

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

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